Homemade Rice Krispie Treats

Homemade Rice Krispie Treats
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I know I had promised that I would not post recipes with processed ingredients. But homemade rice krispie treats are such a classic (and really one of my favorites!) that I just had to share it. I did change it up a little bit, to get rid of the butter and to make them gooier (is that even a word?!?). I’ve had many a dry rice krispie treats in my old days, and I like them really gooey. Basically, your fingers should be a mess after you eat them. This particular recipe uses the Christmas themed Rice Krispies, which can be really hard to find as the holidays approach. My advice on this, is that if you see them in the store, even if it’s October, pick them up just in case. For those unfamiliar with homemade rice krispie treats, there are literally only 3 ingredients. They come together in less than 10 minutes, and if you use the plain colored rice krispies, you can customize them for whatever holiday you want with different sprinkles, frostings, etc. You can also use cookie cutters and cut out different shapes. An idea? Footballs for the upcoming Super Bowl 🙂

How do you make Rice Crispy Treats?

Simple! Just melt butter (or another butter substitute) and a bag of marshmallows in a pan over low-medium heat until the marshmallows are melted and everything is blended together. Dump in the rice krispies and mix until everything is coated. Scrape out into a 9″x13″ pan, lightly press down into the pan, decorate if desired, and allow them to set!

Why are my rice crispy treats hard?

If your rice krispie treats are hard, then you have too much cereal and not enough marshmallows and butter (or butter substitute). Another reason is that your marshmallows might be too old. Also, rice krispie treats could lose their softness in time if they aren’t stored properly. I store mine in a ziploc bag, and haven’t had any issues!

How Long Will Rice Krispie Treats last?

I’ve eaten mine up to 5 days after they were made, and they were fine. If you aren’t able to finish them within that time, they also freeze really well.

How to Make Homemade Rice Krispie Treats

1. Using a sandwich baggie over your hand, grease a 13″ x 9″ pan with a little bit of coconut oil. Set aside.

An open container of coconut oil sits on the right, and an ungreased 13" x 9" glass pan sits on the left. At the bottom of the photo is my hand with a coconut oil greased sandwich baggie that will be used to grease the pan. Everything sits on a white marble background.

2. In a large saucepan, add coconut oil and mini marshmallows. Melt over low-medium heat. Cook until marshmallows are completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Marshmallows and solid coconut oil sit in a large stainless steel pot. Halfway melted marshmallows are being mixed with a stainless steel spoon in a large stainless steel pot. Completely melted marshmallows are being mixed with a stainless steel spoon in a large stainless steel pot.

3. Add in rice krispies and stir until coated.

Marshmallow coated, Christmas colored, rice krispies in a large stainless steel pot.

4. Scoop coated rice krispies into greased 13″ x 9″ pan. Using a coconut oil greased sandwich baggie over your hand, evenly press (lightly!) rice krisipies into pan. If desired, garnish with sprinkles and press lightly to adhere them.

Finished Christmas colored rice krispie treats with red, white, and green sprinkles on top. In the lower left is my hand with a coconut oil greased sandwich baggie that is being used to press the sprinkles into the rice krispie treats.

5. Allow rice krispies to cool to room temperature before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

A rice krispie treat is being removed from the pan. You can see how gooey the treats are, from all of the marshmallow threads attached to the treats remaining in the pan. In the upper right of the photo is a red mug filled with almond milk.

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A stack of two homemade rice krispie treats sit on a white plate with a red and green checkered bow tied around them. On the left is a green tea towel, and a red mug filled with almond milk. In the background is a 13" x 9" glass pan containing the remaining homemade rice krispie treats. Everything sits on a white marble background. This is the horizontal photo.
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Homemade Rice Krispie Treats

These homemade rice krispie treats can be made in less than 10 minutes, contain only 3 ingredients, and can be customized for any occasion!

Course Bars
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade rice crispy treats, homemade rice krispies treats, rice krispie treats recipe
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 171 kcal
Author The Panicked Foodie

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, solid
  • 1 10-10.5 oz package of mini marshmallows
  • 5 1/2 cups rice krispies

Instructions

  1. Using a sandwich baggie over your hand, grease a 13" x 9" pan with a little bit of coconut oil. Set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan, add coconut oil and mini marshmallows. Melt over low-medium heat. Cook until marshmallows are completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

  3. Add in rice krispies and stir until coated.

  4. Scoop coated rice krispies into greased 13" x 9" pan. Using a coconut oil greased sandwich baggie over your hand, evenly press (lightly!) rice krisipies into pan. If desired, garnish with sprinkles and press lightly to adhere them.

  5. Allow rice krispies to cool to room temperature before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Vegan option: Use Dandies brand marshmallows and any vegan compliant rice cereal.

Gluten-free option: Use a gluten-free marshmallow, like Dandies brand and a gluten-free rice cereal.

Homemade rice krispie treats are a throwback to my childhood. These treats are ready in under 10 minutes, contain 3 ingredients, and are easy to customize! #thepanickedfoodie #ricekrispietreats #ricekrispietreatschristmas #nobakecookies #christmascookiesrecipeseasy


11 thoughts on “Homemade Rice Krispie Treats”

  • Well, you learn something new every day! I’ve a;ways heard of rice crispy treats but never actually looked into how they were made. This is a fab idea for a party of any kind. I will definitely save this recipe and pin to my sweet treats board. I wonder though, do they come away clean when cut? OR does the gooeyness of the marshmallow come away with it? I guess I will have to try it to find out, haven’t I?
    Thanks for sharing such a simple recipe that was evading me all these years!

    • I know right?! My mind was blown when I learned how to make these. I was like this is it?!! They’re so easy! And they’re not involved like a cookie recipe, so if you are craving something sweet, it’ easy to whip up a batch. Yes, they should come away clean when cut. My recommendation would be to use a metal cookie cutter, and grease it with a little bit of coconut oil. Let me know how you like it, and share your pictures on my instagram, pinterest, or twitter! I’d love to see how you cut and decorate them! 🙂

  • These are such a pain to make, lol! They are super easy but so sticky. They are delicious, which is why I can’t stop making them. Ha!

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