So to some, rice krispie treats may seem pretty simple, a basic thing to make. Well not me. Rice krispie treats can be bland, dry, too hard. But this should not be an issue for anyone who reads this blog…..so all three of you!!
I have perfected the rice krispie treat.
It is a pretty big statement for sure, but I can say with confidence that this is the truth.
They are delicious. Amazing really. Some people out there may not be able to handle them, as they can be more decadent, but if you are a rice krispie treat fan….well you will never go back.
I figured all this out from trial and error and feel these are perfect.
The secrets: (full recipe below)
1. Use 6 tablespoons of butter, rather than 3 tablespoons
(This may seem like way too much and I am not trying to be all Paula Dean with butter. The first day you eat them, you may think they seem like there is too much butter on account that they glisten! But they will taste amazing. And on day 2 or 3, you will be happy that the extra butter is in there because the rice krispie treats will seem as fresh as day 1.)
2. Use the 16oz bag of marshmallows. Yes, the ENTIRE bag.
(you will thank me later.)
3. Use a smaller pan (I suggest something around a 13 x 7.5) rather than a 11 x 17
(I think we can all agree a thicker rice krispie treat is better than a thin one any day….can I get a hell yes?!)
4. Add stuff to your rice krispie treats, plain treats are out. Ideas below.
5. Use a nonstick baking spray (the one specifically for baking) on the bottom of the pan, and also on the metal spoon you will use to press the treats down into the pan.
And the biggest secret of all:
6. Only melt ¾ of the 16 oz bag of marshmallow, save the rest to MIX in after the rice krispies have been mixed together. This gives you semi-melted chunks of marshmallow in your rice krispie treat!
Your mind should have been blown.
And with that, I would suggest adding toppings or other “mix ins”!
In this case we used blue sprinkles because I made them for a frozen movie night!!
But I have made others, here are some:
(Note: if they have a crust, I do use a larger 11 x 17 pan as otherwise they are almost too big!)
- Sweet and Salty: I made a crushed pretzel crust* and baked that for 6-10 minutes at 400 until set and let cool and then add the rice krispies on top of that. Then I drizzled melted chocolate over top. I mean, come on.
- Smores: Graham cracker crust, rice krispie treats and chocolate on top. *Or a layer of fudge that has harden inbetween the graham cracker crust and rice krispie treat.
- The Turtle: Drizzled Carmel, chocolate and then nuts on top of the rice krispie treat.
- Oreos – crush and mix in oreos into the rice krispies
- Your favs – Just mix in or add on top you and your kids favorites! Sprinkles, mini (any candy), chocolate chips….whatever!
If you try this, let me know what you think!
6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
16 oz bag mini-marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Krispies
13 x 7.5 (ish) size pan
Non-stick Baking Spray
Whatever Mix In’s you want!
- Melt 6 tablespoons of butter (in chunks) in a microwave safe container with ¾ of the marshmallows. (melt in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval so not to over cook everything.)
- Once melted, mix in all the rice krispies. Stir and coat thoroughly and work quickly. (rice krispies covered with a perfect marshmallow blanket!)
- While still warm, stir in the remainder of the marshmallows. (I had to work fast here, so no time for more pictures!)
- Use the baking spray to spray the bottom of the pan.
- Put the rice krispie treats into the pan.
- Spray the back of a large metal spoon with cooking spray and push firmly down the treats until they are nice and firm. (you could use plastic wrap too, but we never seem to have that.)
- Don’t forget your toppings!!
- Let sit out for a bit to come together, then enjoy!
You are welcome.
- 1 ½ C. crumbled pretzels
- 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
- Bake at 400 for 6-10 minutes