Rice Krispies Treats

12 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Rice Krispies Treats are a classic American dessert with just three ingredients and just 30 minutes. Plus lots of mix-in ideas for your classic recipe.

Classic summer kid friendly desserts aren’t new around here, we LOVE making Homemade S’moresEasy Fruit Salad and Easy Strawberry Shortcake.


Gooey, crunchy, wonderful treats that are easy to make and wonderful to eat. Making Rice Krispies Treats is very simple so they’re great if you have to make them last minute.

How to make Rice Krispies Treats

Start by heating your butter in a saucepan, then add marshmallows. Once they are liquid, add Rice Krispies to your butter and melted marshmallows, and stir them together really well. Spread the mixture into a baking pan, cut into snack-sized squares and serve them up.

The nice thing about Rice Krispies Treats is that they can be as fancy or as simple as you want to make them. Even something as si changing what plate they are on can make them either a party dessert or an on-the-go snack, and they are very portable for when you’re running late.


We’ve seen a ton of alternate spellings (Rice Krispie Treats, Rice Krispy Treats and Rice Crispy Treats come to mind), and there are also alternate recipes. If you don’t want to use the original Rice Krispies Treats recipe, there are so many different variations that we would be here for days if we listed them. Instead, we picked some of our favorites.

  • Chocolate chip: Stir chocolate chips into the batter just before putting it into the baking pan.
  • Vanilla: To give your chips some flavor, add a little vanilla extract and stir well.
  • Colorful: If you want your Rice Krispies Treats to stand out but don’t want to alter the taste, just add a few drops of food coloring and mix well right before spreading it out on the baking pan.
  • Chocolate: Add cocoa powder to the melted butter and marshmallow mixture before combining it with the Rice Krispies.
  • Peanut butter: A spoonful of peanut butter added in with the liquid mixture can jazz up your batch.
  • S’mores: This one is the same basic idea as the chocolate chip Rice Krispies Treats, but take it an extra step and add mini marshmallows as well.

Important Note: I made my Rice Krispies Treats in an 8×8 pan so they could be extra thick. If you want them to be thick use a smaller pan or make a double recipe in your 9×13 pan.

Tray of Rice Krispie Treats


Mildred Day came up with the recipe for Rice Krispies Treats in 1939. She worked for Kellogg’s and needed something delicious for a Camp Fire Girls bake sale, so she mixed marshmallows, margarine and Rice Krispies together and they were an instant hit. Kellogg’s heard about the treats and liked them  so much that they began to produce and sell them. To this day, they have Mildred’s recipe on their website.


  • India: There is a traditional sweet in the Indian subcontinent called Laddu, which are little round balls sweetened with cane sugar. Murmura laddu in particular is made with jaggery (cane sugar mixed with date or palm sap) and puffed rice. Some modern variations are made using Rice Krispies.
  • The UK and Canada: Rice Krispie Squares. Short, sweet and to the point,
  • Australia and New ZealandLCMs (believe it or not, this acronym doesn’t actually stand for anything! Kellogg’s just liked the way it sounded.)


  • Store: You can have your Rice Krispies Treats at room temperature for up to 2 days as long as the container they’re in is air tight. Separate the layers with wax paper or parchment paper to keep them from sticking together.
  • Freeze: Rice Krispies Treats can stay frozen for up to 6 weeks before they start getting gross.

Pan of Rice Krispie Treats

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Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats are a classic American dessert, made with just three ingredients and just 30 minutes. Plus lots of mix-in ideas! 
Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder



  • In a dutch oven melt the butter on medium heat then add in the marshmallows and mix until completely melted.
  • Mix in the Rice Krispies Treats until completely coated.
  • Press the mixture into a 9x13 inch pan and let cool completely before serving.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1025IU | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 4.3mg

Rice Krispies Treats in a pan


About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. First time that I’ve made these, absolutely delicious! Will make another batch this week to share with others, these are all mine, haha 🙂

  2. Under Variations…

    Chocolate chip: Stir chocolate chips into the batter just before putting it into the oven??

    Thinking this is a Typo?

    RiceKrispy treats are not baked in the oven.

  3. I usually add a teaspoon of vanilla and an extra cup of cereal to make the treats denser. I find it useful to have wet hands when pressing the finished mixture into the pan to cool. It not only offsets the heat but also minimizes the stickiness. Thanks for the recipe Sabrina!