The ultimate in fun snacking, Rice Krispie Squares are a timeless treat that no one can resist!

This recipe makes an extra chewy square that’s perfect for lunchboxes, backpacks, and briefcases! Use Kellogg’s, or any other brand of crisp rice cereal, for delicious crunch-appeal! Or try it with Fruity Pebbles, Kix, or Cap’n Crunch! Change up the flavors every time by adding in extra mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or colorful rainbow sprinkles! Everybody loves these classic crisp rice treats, and kids always enjoy helping out! It’s the ultimate no-bake, no-fuss dessert, perfect for brightening up any occasion!

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An Easy No-Bake Dessert

  • Who can say no to crispy, chewy rice krispie treats? Double up the recipe because no one can eat just one!
  • No bake Rice Krispie squares can be made in minutes on the stovetop or in the microwave! It’s a great recipe for little cooks to help out with, too!
  • These crispy rice squares are gluten-free which makes them the perfect classroom or team snack!
  • Make these gooey squares different every time! Switch out the cereal, swirl in some new flavors or add some fun and tasty toppings!

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Ingredients for Rice Krispie Squares

CEREAL: Kellogg’s is the original brand for rice Krispie squares but the store brand works just fine! Other cereals to try are Kix, Fruity Pebbles, or Cap’n Crunch.

MARSHMALLOWS: a 7-ounce jar of marshmallow creme (AKA ‘fluff) can be used instead of marshmallows and will melt faster. Mini marshmallows are great because they melt faster than regular-sized marshmallows. But if they aren’t handy, cut the larger marshmallows into 4 equal pieces before heating. Two cups of extra marshmallows make these bars extra chewy!

SWIRL IN: Peanut butter, caramel candies, or this DIY caramel sauce can be stirred into the marshmallow mixture before the cereal is added.

TOPPINGS: Anything goes! Mini chocolate chips or M&M’s, Mars bars, crushed candy canes, chopped dried fruit, or colorful jimmies!

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How to Make Rice Krispie Squares

Making this recipe is easy as 1,2,3!

  • Grease a 9×13 pan. Melt butter and marshmallows on the stove or in the microwave (per recipe below).
  • Stir in a splash of vanilla. Gently stir in the rice Krispies until fully combined with the marshmallow mixture.
  • Press gently into the greased pan and cool before cutting.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Fresh is best in this recipe! Fresh marshmallows and real butter make these bars so unforgettably delicious! A splash of vanilla blends everything together!
  • Keep hands and fingers clean and use a greased sandwich bag as a glove! Press down on the rice Krispie squares, then simply toss in the trash. Alternately, lightly wet hands with water and press into pan. Or use the back of a greased spatula or the bottom of a measuring cup to flatten them in the pan.
  • For thicker bars, use a smaller sized pan.
  • Line pan with foil or parchment paper for a quick and easy cleanup!
  • Cut rice Krispie squares quickly and easily with a moistened sharp knife or metal pastry cutter. Pop the squares out of the pan using the foil or parchment, place on a cutting board, and slice down instead of dragging the knife across the mixture.

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Keeping Rice Krispie Squares Fresh

  • Store rice Krispie squares in a covered container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze individual squares wrapped in parchment paper and put them in a gallon-sized freezer bag for up to 3 months. Perfect to pop into lunch boxes in the morning!

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Other Quick And Easy No-Bake Treats

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Rice Krispies Squares

Make these Rice Krispie treats using only 4 ingredients and with just 15 minutes prep!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Author Candace



Stove Top

  • Line a 9×13 pan with foil and grease with butter or cooking spray.
  • In a large pot on medium low, melt butter. Add miniature marshmallows and stir until marshmallows are melted.
  • Remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir well.
  • Add cereal and mix until coated. If using additional marshmallows*, add and stir in.
  • Fold mixture into the pan and press down evenly (using the back of a greased spoon or measuring cup if needed).
  • Cool. Using foil (or parchment), remove squares from the pan and cut.


*if using a 13-14 ounce package of mini marshmallows, remove 1 ½ cups. These can be used for addins
  • Use a 9×9 pan for taller squares
  • Store squares at room temperature in a covered container for up to 4 days.
  • Rice Krispie Squares can be frozen! Wrap squares in parchment paper and place in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.  
Microwave Method:
  • Line a 9×13 pan with foil and grease with butter or cooking spray.
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, heat butter on high for 45 seconds, or until melted. Add miniature marshmallows and stir.
  • Microwave another 45 seconds and stir. Microwave an additional 45 seconds and stir. If marshmallows are not fully melted, microwave in 10 second increments, stirring after each 10 seconds.
  • Once melted, proceed with recipe starting at step 4 above.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 95 | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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