Rice crispy treats are one of the best simple pleasures in life. This recipe is my favorite, no stove top or pots required. They’re easy make, easy to eat, and with only one bowl to clean, I bet even the kids can memorize and make this recipe!
After a spring/summer hiatus, the blog is back with some BIG NEWS
I have two announcements: first the biggest news, in the beginning of 2017 I will be expecting another little baby! This has been the main reason for my long absence. Food was my enemy in the beginning and then exhaustion took over. But now I’m back 🙂
Second, I am opening a new online shop, I’ll be offering home good items that can be found in the photos of this and future posts, such as the purple Spooky banner. So far, there’s only one thing so it’s a little Mother Hubbard right now, but I’ve got several large projects underway.
Needless to say, I’m very excited to be back and for all the new and wonderful things happening in the next few months.
Okay, announcements over, rice crispy treats time!
This recipe is one of the easiest recipes of all time. It just takes three ingredients, one bowl, one spoon, a microwave, and a pan to set in.
You can definitely make this in a pot on the stove, but I like the microwave better, it’s faster and no one gets burned. Win-win!
Just dump one bag of marshmallows (I used the jumbo kind 10 oz bag) and one cubed stick of salted butter (I think salted tastes way better) into a microwave safe bowl. Make sure it’s big enough (mine is a 4 quarter Pyrex bowl I got for my wedding, thanks Bagley family!).
Microwave 1-2 minutes, so the butter and marshmallows melt together and make a nice white gloopy mess.
Now, if you want to color them, for say – Halloween maybe? Now is the time. I used gel dye and split my batch in half so I could have two colors. I used 3 drops of purple in one half and 2 drops of orange in my other half. Remember the rice cereal is a light tan color and will very slightly tint the finished product of whatever color your marshmallow cream is.
Make sure the color is evenly distributed.
Then dump in 9-10 cups of rice crispy cereal. Mix a lot. You want the color to coat all the cereal bits as much as possible. It will look like a bunch of spider webs as it gets mixed (yay Halloween!).
Grease a 9×13 inch pan and dump your mixture into it. It’s going to be very sticky. Get out as much as you can then just eat the extra sticky bits.
If you like extra airy rice crispy treats then you can spread them out in the pan and just let them set as is. If you want them slightly more compact then wait one hour and push them down with your fingers.
Here’s the one downside to this recipe – with such a high butter-to-marshmallow ratio these take a while to set properly. They’re best made the night before. But I promise the taste is certainly worth the wait!!
Also, because of the ratio, these will always be sticky, however they will stay soft and gooey for days.
1) Do not use old marshmallows for your rice crispy treats. They won’t melt the way you want and they really just don’t taste as good. Go buy a nice new bag and use the old ones in some hot chocolate.
2) Do not microwave for more than 2 minutes. The hotter your marshmallow mixture gets the harder your rice crispy treats will be, and not in the good “set” kind of way.
3) Do not use more than 10 cups of cereal if you want your rice crispy treats to hold together.
4) Once you master this basic classic recipe don’t be afraid to experiment! Mix in different spices, candies, or colors. Try shaping them after they’ve set up slightly, or cut shapes out with cookie cutters. You can also dip them in caramel or chocolate, or both! The possibilities are endless!
Here's What You Need:
- 10 oz Marshmallows (one bag of large marshmallows)
- 1/2 cup salted butter (one stick)
- 9-10 cups rice crispy cereal
- gel food dye (optional)
Here's What You Do:
- Grease a 9x13-inch pan. Set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, cube the butter and add the marshmallows.
- Microwave for one minute on full power, remove from the microwave and stir.
- Microwave for another 30 seconds on full power and stir again. The butter and marshmallows should all be melted together. If there are still lumps, microwave for another 30 seconds.
- If adding dye, color the marshmallow before adding the cereal.
- Mix in the cereal. Start with 8 cups and add the other 1-2 at your discretion. Remember you can always add more, but you can't take it out once it mixes with the marshmallow.
- Allow several hours to set. Rice crispy treats are meant to be gooey, but not falling apart.
- Rice crispy treats will stay soft for several days.
- Keep in an air-tight container.