Best Ever Rice Crispy Treats

I am such a kid at heart…I still LOVE Rice Crispy Treats! (anyone with me?) I make them “for the kids” on special occasions. But, I don’t like to make just any rice crispy treats…they have to be the BEST EVER! I love the ones at the coffee houses that are HUGE…the flat ones that fall apart? Not so much (shhh…sorry!!!)

*Wondering if I can eat these anymore? Nope..haha, the butter gets me. So, I have a “gluten and dairy free” option at the bottom that are AWESOME. No biggie…peanut butter is my friend too.

Melt butter in a large pot on medium-low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat.

Add rice crispy cereal and stir until well coated.

Press into a buttered 9×13 pan. My trick? I wet my (washed) hands with water and spread and press…nothing sticks and it is easy peasy. (lol, my hands…they have done a lot of work in these 32 years of living…they aren’t pretty, but they have made lots of meals, held babies, cleaned, high- fived, changed diapers, typed blogs, dialed friends- you name it…so I am blessed)

Check. It. Out. There it is….I am officially a cool mom because I make “The Best Rice Crispy Treats Ever!”

Off to Kindergarten they go for snack!

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Best Ever Rice Crispy Treats
Serves: 24
Cook time:
Total time:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 8 cups mini marshmallows
  • 10 cups rice crispy cereal
  1. Melt butter in a large pot on medium low heat
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until melted
  3. Add cereal and toss well to coat completely
  4. Butter a 9x13 pan
  5. Add cereal mixture to 9x13
  6. Wet hands and press firmly so mixture is even
  7. Cover and let cool for an hour
  8. Cut into squares and enjoy!

The Gluten and Dairy Free Option

(which is still awesome btw…)

Heat sugar and corn syrup to a boil then add peanut butter- stir until melted together.

Add rice crispy cereal

Do the same as above, but prepare your pan with Earth Balance. My children LOVED these ones too!!!

Gluten and Dairy Free

Peanut butter Rice Crispy Treats

1 cup Karo white corn syrup

1 cup white sugar

1 cup peanut butter

6 cups rice crispy cereal

Put corn syrup and sugar into a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Let boil. Add peanut butter and stir until melted. Take off of heat and add rice crispy cereal. Pour into a prepared (with Earth Balance) pan and press down with wet (washed/clean) hands. Let cool then cut.



  1. Thanks for the gluten-free recipe! I have never made rice cereal treats this way and I am so excited to try it! THANK YOU!

  2. Jennifer Plank says:

    Those look wonderful! I have always made my rice krispie treats without butter. Adding butter can only make them better, right? I usually make them in the microwave, so I will have to try out a sauce pan and see if I get better results. I gorge on rice krispie treats when I am pregnant…it was the one thing I would CRAVE like no other. Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. We call the ‘peanut butter ones’ scotcheroos. My mom makes them with rice crispies but I make them with corn flakes. We also melt 1/2 a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 a bag of butterscotch chips together and spread over the top. Usually the requested thing for me to bring to family get-togethers……so easy and so yummy!

    • Another variation I forgot….my mom used to make them with with M&M’s mixed into them when I was little….also yummy 🙂

    • Yes, Scotcheroos! We did the same, only mix in one tablespoon of peanut butter into the semi sweet chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Unhealthy, but good!

  4. Easy and cheap! It is always the simple things in life that make me so happy. Thanks for sharing! I think it is time to make treats for the kiddos. :o)

  5. Thanks for sharing! And as to the post above this one…we call them dippy eggs, too! But, you have given me a new way to serve them…can’t WAIT to make them like this for my kiddos! I have presented you w/a blog award on Benmakesten!

  6. I was going to say that we make these with peanut butter and butterscotch chips – they are three hundred times better than traditional Rice Krispie treats I could, if I wasn’t disciplined of course :-), just eat them all out of the pan and never share!

  7. So funny! I have always done the peanut butter/karo syrup one! I never knew there was any other kind growing up. Not until I branched out into this world was I introduced to the marshmellow one. I have never liked it as much as the peanut butter one. I thought it was a family recipe but my sister told me it was on the Rice Krispy box in the 70’s and she got it off of there…
    You have awesome recipes and it makes me want to serve my family better. Have a blessed Christmas!

  8. My aunt always made them with crisco to replace the butter since my cousin had a dairy allergy. You still get the classic rice crispy taste and they’re super delicious 🙂

  9. Making these rice krispie treats for the coffee shop at my son, Matthew’s, open mike nite in east stroudburg. What better teat to make/ sell, to 20 somethings,! All ages enjoy them, I will bet they’re the 1st to go- also making banana muffins, sugar cookies music themed) and chocolate chip cookies. The standard krispie treats will go 1st, I’m sure!!

  10. I always use coconut oil instead of butter, I tried putting a half teaspoon of peanut butter in to give them more of the burnt flavor but the really just tasted like they had peanut butter in them so I wont do this again! I do the same amount of marshmallows and rice crispies I do 2/3 to 1 cup of coconut oil (I like them to be really smooth), 1 – 2 teaspoons vanilla, and I had about a half teaspoon of sea salt. These are incredible when you want a more sweet and savory type.

  11. Thank you for the wet hands trick! I just made my first (ever) batch of treats and I tried using the cooking spray….that didn’t work so much. Keeping my hands wet worked perfect!!!

  12. I made 5 batches of these Best Ever Rice Krispie Treats for our students at our after school program . Super easy & delicious! Will definitely make these again! Thanks for sharing.


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