Rice Krispies Treats

Presenting the ultimate Rice Krispies Treats recipe! This effortless, no-bake delight is simple, yet it's easy to get it wrong. Let's banish those rock-hard version for good! I'll guide you with expert tips and tricks to create the most lusciously gooey, supremely soft, and irresistibly stretchy marshmallow Rice Krispies Treats you've ever tasted!
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 8 cups (16 ounces) fresh mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7 cups crisped rice cereal

Instructions

Get ready to make the perfect Rice Krispie Treats! Start by spraying a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick spray. Grab a large pot and melt a stick of salted butter (that’s 1/2 cup) over medium heat. To ensure an even melt, run a spatula around the sides of the pot. Now, toss in 16 ounces of fresh marshmallows—the fresher, the better for ultimate softness! Whether large or mini marshmallows, it doesn’t matter; if using mini marshmallows, you’ll need 8 cups.

Continuing on medium heat, stir those marshmallows until they’re beautifully melted, forming a smooth and sticky mix. A nonstick-sprayed rubber spatula works great for this task! Once you’ve got a lump-free mixture, remove it from the heat. Now, add the salt and a teaspoon of vanilla, giving everything a good mix.

Next, it’s time for the main star: 7 cups (or 7 ounces) of crispy rice cereal (aka Rice Krispies™). Mix it well with your trusty spatula. Remember, speed is key as the cooling marshmallow mixture becomes tougher to stir.

Now, transfer the sticky wonder to your prepared pan. Here’s a pro tip: spray your hands with nonstick spray and gently press the mixture into the pan. But don’t press too hard; we want bite-friendly treats, not chewy bricks! Just gently shape them to fit the pan.

Let your masterpiece cool at room temperature for about an hour for perfect firmness. If you’re a fan of gooeyness, you can shorten this cooling period. Once cooled, release them onto a cutting board, and cut them into your desired square sizes.

To store leftover delights, seal them tightly in plastic wrap and keep at room temperature. No need for refrigeration! They’ll retain their softness for about 3-5 days. Enjoy your perfect Rice Krispie Treats!

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