My husband loves rice krispie treats. He often drops hints like, “Gee, honey, you know what I could go for? A rice krispie treat.” You know, real subtle-like . And being the loving wife that I am, I have tried. Really, I have. I have followed the recipes on the back of cereal and marshmallow wrappers but was left totally unimpressed. The rice krispies came out thin and weren’t really anything to write home about.
Then one day, my husband came home with a rice krispie treat from a cafeteria. I scoffed. How could he pass up chocolate brownies or a donut for a rice krispie treat! But when he went into the next room, I opened it up and I took a bite. It was amazing. So I kept eating. When he came back, he asked where his treat was. I tried to feign innocence but was unsuccessful. And he, being the smart man that he is, could see the marshmallow stuck to my lips. We agreed that his cafeteria rice krispie treat was worth every calorie. Something I rarely say about a treat that doesn’t involve chocolate.
So I set out on a quest for a different rice krispie treat recipe. One that produced thick and chewy and irresistible rice krispie treats, but was still easy and quick to make. I am so excited to share this recipe with you.
I adapted this recipe for St. Patrick’s day. I just added green food coloring to the marshmallow mixture. But I can say this recipe is good anytime of year, just omit the food coloring, or add a different color to make this fun and colorful for any holiday.
Start by putting a whole stick of butter in a microwave safe bowl. Put the bowl in the microwave until the butter is almost completely melted (about 30 seconds for my microwave).
Once the butter is mostly melted, add 16 ounces of marshmallows (that’s the biggest bag of marshmallows, don’t get the little bag-it won’t be enough for the awesomeness that is going to happen). Put the bowl back into the micro for another 45 second or so, give it a stir, and let it go back in until the marshmallows are pretty much melted.
Pull the bowl out of the microwave, and add the vanilla, salt, and food coloring.
Once the marshmallow mixture is well combined, add 9 cups of rice cereal. Give it a good stir.
Once everything is combined, put the mixture in a greased 9×13 inch pan.
You will want to lightly press the krispy treats down into the pan. A cool trick is to wet your hands with cold water, shake them off, then use your wet hands to press the treats down into the pan.
Let cool and enjoy!
- 1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
- 16 ounces of marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5-10 drops of green food coloring (optional)
- Pinch of salt
- 9 cups rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
- Butter or spray oil on the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch pan. Set aside.
- Put butter in a large, microwave safe bowl. Put bowl in microwave and cook until almost melted (about 30 seconds).
- Add the marshmallows and stir. Put the bowl back in the microwave for 45 seconds, give it a stir, then put it back in until marshmallows are melted.
- Add the vanilla, salt, and food coloring. Stir until well combined.
- Add the rice cereal and stir well.
- Put the mixture into the pan and using lightly press into the pan (tip: get your hands wet with cold water, and then gently press the mixture into the pan).
Source: adapted from a recipe on Melskitchencafe.