Rice Krispies Treats (Oooey Gooey)

Everyone loves classic Rice Krispies Treats. Made with 5 ingredients and only 15 minutes of actual work, the hardest part is waiting for them to see!

A CLASSIC OOEY GOOEY STICKY SNACK BAR

Who doesn’t enjoy a bite of the classic marshmallow sticky Rice Krispie Treat bars?! They’re what childhood memories are made of. Each bite is full of ooey, gooey, creamy, crunchy goodness that just can’t be beat. These treats are simple enough for an everyday dessert or snack, or can be jazzed up easily to serve at parties, holidays, or special occasions.

Three Rice Krispie Treats in a small stack with marshmallows around them.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use the bigger box of cereal?

Yes. We used the regular sized box so you wouldn’t have to guess how much cereal to use anymore. The recipe is the perfect ratio. However, if you have a bigger box of Rice Krispie cereal, you’ll need 10 cups of cereal.

Who invented Rice Krispies Treats?

Did you know they’ve been around since 1939? Two employees of Kellogg’s, Mildred Day and Malitta Jensen decided to make these treats so the company could use them to help promote the cereal by showing that it’s not just for breakfast use, it can make delicious snacks or desserts too!

Do I really need 4 cups of marshmallows?

We think they really seal the deal on these treats, but if you don’t want to use that many marshmallows, you can lighten it up a bit. We think that a lot of marshmallows really makes them extra gooey and gives them that texture you’re looking for.

What other extracts can I use?

I like to use vanilla extract but it can be left out or traded for a different flavor. These treats would be good with any of these: almond, lemon, strawberry, or cake batter extracts.

How do you store leftovers?

Leftover treats can be stored in an airtight container and kept at room temp for up to 5 days. If stacking or storing them in layers, use a piece of parchment paper in between them to help them stay nice and gooey. Our treats never last that long because we always demolish them before then, they’re that good!

Can Rice Krispies Treats be frozen?

Yes, you can certainly freeze these treats. If frozen properly, they’ll last for three months. Try flash freezing them on a parchment lined baking tray for a few hours so they freeze individually before placing wrapping them in plastic wrap and placing them in a freezer safe container or bag.

A few Rice Krispie Treats in a pile on a plate.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • salted butter
  • mini marshmallows
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • Rice Krispies cereal
Salted butter, mini marshmallows, vanilla extract, salt, and rice krispies cereal.

HOW TO MAKE RICE KRISPIES TREATS:

Grab the jelly roll pan and line with foil before lightly spraying it with cooking spray and setting it aside. Add butter to dutch oven or large stock put and melt over medium-low heat.

Melted butter in a dutch oven.

Set 4 cups of marshmallows to the side and add the rest to the melted butter pot.

A dutch oven with mini marshmallows in it.

Stir constantly until everything is melted and combined.

Melted butter and marshmallows in a pot with spatula.

Remove the mixture from the heat. Add salt and stir.

A container with salt over a dutch oven with melted marshmallows and butter.

Add vanilla extract and stir.

A container of vanilla extract over filled dutch oven.

Stir well to combine.

Stock pot with melted Rice Krispie Treat mixture.

Add half of the Rice Krispie cereal to the mixture.

Rice Krispie cereal on top of marshmallow and butter mixture.

Stir to combine.

A spatula stirring the marshmallow mixture with the cereal.

Add the rest of the cereal and reserved marshmallows to the mix.

Mini marshmallows on top of cereal and melted marshmallow mixture.

Stir to combine.

Rice Krispie Treat mixture in a pot with spatula.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared jelly roll pan.

Rice Krispie Treat mixture pressed into a jelly roll pan.

Use nonstick cooking spray to lightly spray your hands and carefully press the treat mixture into the pan. You do not want to smash the mixture down, just simply form it to the shape of the pan.

A hand pressing down on rice krispie treats in a pan.

Let them set up for at least 2 hours.

Some freshly made Rice Krispie Treats just cut into squares.

Cut into bars and serve.

A rice krispie treat with a bite taken out of it and mini marshmallows around it.

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A stack of homemade Rice Krispie Treats with marshmallows.

Rice Krispie Treats (Oooey Gooey!)

These ooey gooey Rice Krispies Treats are a sticky sweet blast from the past. Easy to make and simply delicious

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Courses: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Gooey Rice Krispies Treats, RIce Krispies Treats, Soft Rice Krispies Treats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Wait Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 24

Calories: 223kcal

Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook

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Instructions

  • Grab a jelly roll pan and line with foil before lightly spraying it with cooking spray and setting it aside.

  • Add butter to dutch oven or large stock put and melt over medium-low heat.

  • Set 4 cups of marshmallows to the side and add the rest to the melted butter pot. Stir constantly until everything is melted and combined.

  • Remove the mixture from the heat. Add salt and stir.

  • Add vanilla extract and mix well.

  • Add half of the Rice Krispies cereal to the mixture. Stir to combine.

  • Add the rest of the cereal and reserved marshmallows to the mix. Stir to combine.

  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared jelly roll pan.

  • Use nonstick cooking spray to lightly spray your hands and carefully press the treat mixture into the pan. You do not want to smash the mixture down, just simply form it to the shape of the pan.

  • Let them set up for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars and serve!

Notes

  • We used salted butter and additional salt in the recipe to help cut down on the sweetness. It helps balance the treat bars out and really helps set these bars apart.
  • You can use the larger box of cereal if desired. You’ll only need 10 cups of cereal.
  • Feel free to omit the vanilla extract or use other extracts to make flavored treat bars.
  • You can change up the texture even more by adding some mix-ins. Try using: chopped nuts or candy bars, mini chocolate chips, or sprinkles.
  • No jelly roll pan? No problem, make thicker bars in a 9×13-inch baking dish instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 1g | Dish: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 944IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values ​​are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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