Always Soft and Chewy Rice Crispy Treats

rice krispy treats on a baking sheet

Have you ever had a crispy treat that was dry and crunchy? It’s the worst, right?!

Growing up, my mom made these treats all they time…and guess what? They were ALWAYS soft and chewy rice cripsy treats. Her secret? BUTTER. The extra butter in these bars will leave you with the always coveted chewy treat. For holidays, have fun cutting these treats into different shapes and or add colorful food sprinkles for the occasion. Because these treats stay soft, it is a cinch to cut them out with cookie cutters.

QUICK TIP: If you don’t have Rice Krispy cereal on hand, any rice cereal works great!

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Always Soft and Chewy Rice Crispy Treats

  • 8 tablespoons butter (cut into 1 TBSP tabs)
  • 1 package (10 oz) marshmallows
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups rice Krispies cereal
  • Optional: 2-3 Tablespoons colorful sprinkles 
  1. Place marshmallows, butter and vanilla  in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute at a time, stirring in between minutes, until mixture is melted and smooth.marshmallows and tabs of butter in in a mixing bowl
  2. Slowly mix in rice cereal until well coated.rice krispy cereal being mixed into melted marshmallows and better
  3. (Note: this is also the time to add in colorful sprinkles if you are doing so.)Colorful sprinkles being mixing into bowl
  4. Prepare a 13 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper, and spread mixture. Because these are uber soft and chewy treats, you need to let them cool for at least 45-60 minutes.Rice krispy treats pushed into a parchment paper lined pan
  5. Cut into fun shapes or about 3inch by 3inch squares to make about 10 servings.Rice krispy treats cut into heart shapes

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5 from 25 votes

Always Soft and Chewy Rice Crispy Treats

Author Corey Valley
Have you ever had a crispy treat what was dry and crunchy? It's the worst, right? This recipe give you Always Soft and Chewy Rice Crispy Treats ,every time!
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 8 tablespoons butter cut into 1 TBSP tabs
  • 1 package 10 oz marshmallows
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups rice Krispies cereal
  • Optional: 2-3 Tablespoons colorful sprinkles

Instructions

  • Place marshmallows, butter and vanilla in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute at a time, stirring in between minutes, until mixture is melted and smooth.
  • Slowly mix in rice cereal until well coated. (Note: this is also the time to add in colorful sprinkles if you are doing so)
  • Prepare a 13 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper, and spread mixture. Because these are uber soft and chewy treats, you need to let them cool for at least 45-60 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1869mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1397IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 5mg

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Post updated September 2020

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30 Comments

  1. My crispy treats are always dry, so I will have to use more butter! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Use sweetened condensed milk. That will make them chewy and keep them softer longer!

    2. Sugar Pop says:

      Can you share how you added this? Did you omit something?

  2. B. Whitney says:

    5 stars
    I made these today, and they were a hit! — Just as soft and chewy as promised (and very unlike the crunchy, hard as a rock batch I made last time). And, I love how easy clean up was compared to past recipes I’ve used. Thank you for sharing this recipe! This will be the recipe I use from now one. 🙂

    1. So happy you loved it! It’s a fam favorite over here for sure!

  3. Kim Sobocinski says:

    5 stars
    Do I let them cool and then cut out with cookie cutter??

    1. Yes, let these cool before cutting 🙂

  4. Michelle S. says:

    5 stars
    First I just wanted to say that I made these yesterday and they are so AMAZING! They had great flavor to them, without it being and overpowering taste of sweetness. They are perfect! Also, as the recipe title states, they are and do stay soft and chewy. Second, I have a question to ask. My question is, would it be ok to add more marshmallow to this recipe to increase that flavor? If so, how much would you recommend I add?