The Official Rice Krispie (or is that Krispy?) Treat Recipe is WRONG

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This post will be short and sweet.  It’s this simple:  the Official Rice Krispie Treat Recipe is wrong.  I always get asked how my rice krispie treats turn out so delicious.  The reason is simple:  if you follow the official recipe, it is short by 25% of the correct amount of marshmallows.  I have no idea why they have never corrected this.  Your treats will turn out dry if you follow their recipe.  Simply increase the recipe marshmallow quantity from 4 cups to 5 cups, and soon everyone will also be asking you your secret (and making you feel like some kind of baking/cooking genius).  Also–is it Rice Krispy or Rice Krispie?  I don’t actually know.

Here is the corrected recipe:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups (YES, 5 CUPS NOT 4) miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice kris pies cereal (generic is fine)

Butter your pans.  I use two of my 9 x 13 pans, and usually triple or quadruple this recipe.  (These are what I bring when assigned to baseball snack–I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love these.)  In a large saucepan (I use my Le Creuset since I am big and strong) melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. DO NOT OVERCOOK THE MARSHMALLOWS–THIS WILL MAKE YOUR TREATS DRY.  Remove from heat.

Add rice krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.  Work quickly.  Pour rice krispie mixture into pans.  TIP:  Wet a fork with cold water, and use the fork to smash down the rice krispie treats until well compacted.  When the fork starts to stick, re-wet it.  Let them cool, then flip them out onto a cutting board and cut into HUGE pieces.

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Stephanie Koski

Stephanie is a retired physician, mother to three boys, and an avid gardener with many hobbies and interests. She lives outside of Salem, Oregon, in the mid-Willamette Valley. Stephanie does all of the photography and writing for this website, and all content is original and copyrighted.

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