Rice Krispies Treats

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.

Rice Krispie Treats


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! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Rice Krispie Treats, Rice Krispies Treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 155 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder



  1. In a dutch oven melt the butter on medium heat then add in the marshmallows and mix until completely melted.
  2. Mix in the Rice Krispies Treats until completely coated.
  3. Press the mixture into a 9x13 inch pan and let cool completely before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Rice Krispies Treats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1025IU21%
Vitamin C 8.8mg11%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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.

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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!