One of my all-time favorites desserts is rice Krispie treats! (admittedly I don’t have a big sweet tooth so it’s just the perfect amount of sweetness for me). They’re super quick and easy to make and have become my go-to last-minute dish to bring for gatherings or potlucks. Not to mention how delicious and mess-free they are to eat!
The “recipe” for rice Krispie treats is widely available, but I have to admit that I am super picky about them. I want a perfectly sweet, soft, not-too-gooey treat, and I’ve found that this recipe makes them just right! I’ve been using this recipe for years, so here’s the secret for the perfect rice Krispie treats!
6 cups of rice cereal
1 10oz package of regular marshmallows (not mini)
1/4 cup of salted butter
Splash of vanilla extract
1. In a large stockpot, melt the salted butter on low heat.
I had a friend point out to me that most of the time in baking, unsalted butter is used and in cooking unsalted butter is used. I’m not sure if I would consider making rice krispie treats as baking, but I’ve had the best results using salted butter here.
2. Add just a splash of vanilla extract for flavor.
I’ve discovered that this is the secret ingredient for the best rice krispie treats. It adds just a little taste of sweetness to compliment the salty cereal.
3. Add in one package of marshmallows, constantly stirring until completely melted. Then remove from heat.
I’ve found that using the regular-sized marshmallows are better than the mini ones because they’re gooier. Also, I wouldn’t recommend using stale marshmallows that you’ve had in the pantry longer than you can remember because it can make the treats too crunchy. This would also be the step you would add food coloring if you were getting really creative with your treats.
4. Gradually pour rice cereal into marshmallow pot and stir until evenly mixed.
5. Grease a cookie sheet (or baking pan, depending on how thick you want your treats), then pour warm rice krispie mixture in and let cool.
6. cut and serve. (Store in a sealed container)
I’d love to hear how they turned out when you made them! Let me know in the comments below.
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