Rice Krispie Treat Recipe - Both The Original And With Fun Variations

This Rice Krispie Treat recipe has been tweaked a bit from the original, to be more like how my husband likes it, plus I've added some fun variations on the recipe your family can also try.

rice krispie treat recipe
When I first started making these treats for my family, I thought the process was going to be pretty easy, and overall it is. That is why this is one of my favorite recipes to make with even little children -- they can generally help and have fun with it.

However, with time I figured out there is a bit of an art to making these too, so I'm sharing my tweaked recipe, along with some tips I've picked up through the years on making both the original treats, and some fun variations.

Basic Ingredients Plus Fun Variations:

I think everyone basically knows what goes into the Rice Krispie treat recipe, but I'll list it just in case.

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies (can be generic Krispy Rice cereal or Kelloggs)
  • 1 can marshmallow creme (7 ounces) or 10 oz. package of marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter (my tweak is to add more butter than the original recipe)

Once you've got the basic recipe down, you can start adding and tweaking it to make different varieties. For instance, replace the Rice Krispies cereal with something else. For example, in the picture above we replaced half the rice cereal with granola. Another good choice is Fruity Pebbles, or Cocoa Pebbles.

You can also jazz it up with additional ingredients, such as adding chocolate chips (these melt while making it, and get you the dark chocolate looking treats you see in the picture above). In addition, you can add dried fruit or other candies. For instance, we also added craisins to the granola recipe pictured above, and I have to say they were one of our favorite creations!

Directions And Tips For The Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

After tweaking the original recipe some by adding more butter (see above), so in our opinion they are a bit moister, the recipe is actually quite easy to make.

First, grease your container a bit so that when you put the treats in they don't stick to the sides when you want to remove them later.

Next, melt the butter. For ease we do all the heating in the microwave, but you could easily do this on the stove too, if you prefer.

After melting the butter I combine the marshmallow creme with the butter and heat it in short bursts. I will heat in the microwave, for example, for 40 seconds or so and then stir to combine the butter and marshmallows. Then, I will repeat the process about 3-4 times until everything is well combined and liquid.

Next, in another large bowl have your cereal, granola, and/or other added ingredients ready and pour the heated butter and marshmallow mixture over it, and stir to combine and coat everything with the hot mixture.

Finally, spread the cereal mixture into the greased pan and press flat, and then let it cool.

Note that with the addition of the added butter either this Rice Krispie Treat recipe needs to sit overnight to really get firmed up, or if your children (and husband in my case too) are really hungry for them, you can put them in the refrigerator to firm up faster.

What special tweaks do you do to your Rise Krispie Treats to make them extra special? What ingredients do you like to use? You can share your recipes and ideas here.

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