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Perfect Rice Krispie Treats (it’s all about the Secret Ingredients!)

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These Perfect Rice Krispie treats turn out perfectly every time thanks to two special secret ingredients!

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Have you ever made Rice Krispie treats and they were dry and hard and just nothing like the chewy sweet goodness you were expecting?

Over the years my boys and I have perfected making Rice Krispie Treats and we’ve discovered that there are two very special secret ingredients that make them turn out perfectly every time! These are great for parties or just anytime since they are so fast and easy-enjoy!

Want more cereal treats? Try our Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix or Sweet and Salty Snack Mix!

Ingredients

  • Rice Krispies
  • marshmallows
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • salt

Step by step

  1. Melt the butter and marshmallows over low heat, stirring often.
  2. Once fully melted remove from heat and add the vanilla and salt.
  3. Stir in Rice Krispies 2 cups at a time until all are added.
  4. Pour mixture into a baking dish, pressing firmly with a rubber spatula.
  5. Allow the Rice Krispie treats to cool completely and harden before slicing and serving.

Tips for best results

  • The secret ingredients are the vanilla extract and salt, don’t skip these!
  • Use real vanilla extract, not imitation! This special addition brings so much homemade flavor to the Rice Krispie Treats.
  • Choose fresh, soft marshmallows rather than hard, stale ones.
  • Heat the butter and marshmallows on low heat. Heating too hot will result in hard Rice Krispie Treats.
  • Store in an airtight container up to three days.

Can I freeze Rice Krispie treats?

I do not recommend freezing these Rice Krispies, they don’t have the same texture afterward. They are so easy to make it’s best to cook up a fresh batch when you’re craving them!

If you’ve tried this recipe please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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Perfect Rice Krispie Treats (it’s all about the Secret Ingredients!)


Description

These Perfect Rice Krispie treats turn out perfectly every time thanks to two special secret ingredients!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 10 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9 by 13 baking pan.
  2. In a large pot melt the butter and marshmallows over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in salt and vanilla.
  5. Slowly add cereal 2 cups at a time, folding in gently until all is added.
  6. Press mixture into baking dish using a rubber spatula.
  7. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares and serving.

Notes

  • he secret ingredients are the vanilla extract and salt, don’t skip these!
  • Use real vanilla extract, not imitation! This special addition brings so much homemade flavor to the Rice Krispie Treats.
  • Choose fresh, soft marshmallows rather than hard, stale ones.
  • Store in an airtight container up to three days.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 154
  • Sugar: 13.2 g
  • Sodium: 124 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.3 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 10.4 mg

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4 Comments

    1. Hi Tammy-the salt and vanilla extract are the “secret” ingredients usually not included in other Rice Krispie treat recipes I’ve seen. In my opinion, they really improve the flavor! ~Melissa

  1. I love Rice Krispie treats but my kids are grown so I don’t make them anymore. I needed to make a quick treat for a group of 7-year olds at church and found your recipe on pintrest. I have to say your title is correct. They are “perfect!” They were moist, chewy and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I will be making these again for just me and my husband!

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