The Best Rice Krispies Treats

Adding some mix-ins, a heavy pinch of salt, and some extra marshmallows takes your run-of-the-mill rice krispies treats to a whole new level

The Best Rice Krispies Treats

A couple weekends ago, we were in Illinois for my nephew’s first birthday party. I was in charge of providing desserts for the party. My sister went with a monster theme for the party. She had a bunch of cute decorations! For the desserts, I made a 2-layer 6-inch cake for Ryan, 4 dozen cupcakes and some rice krispies treats.

The Best Rice Krispies Treats

Now some people are perfectly content with the recipe on the marshmallow or Rice Krispies box. Personally, I want more ooey-gooeyness in my rice krispies treats. So for years, I’ve always thrown more butter and marshmallows in mine. And of course, a sprinkle of salt on desserts always takes them to the next level. A couple years ago, I started throwing other things in my rice krispies treats too. I mean, why not.

The Best Rice Krispies Treats

My favorite combination these days is cinnamon chips and chocolate chips. But be warned, I am not at all a fan of the Hershey’s cinnamon chips that you can get at most grocery stores. To me, they taste waxy and really chemically. And not super cinnamon-y. Instead, I prefer the King Arthur Flour cinnamon chips. They pack a real cinnamon punch and I’ve been throwing them in everything.

The Best Rice Krispies Treats

For the party, I decided to go with my favorite combo for the adults in the crowd and made some with mini M&Ms and chocolate chips for the kids. In reality, kids and adults liked both flavors. They were a huge hit, as were the rest of the treats I brought. By the way, I used my go-to yellow cupcake recipe for half the cupcakes and the cake and my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe for the rest of the cupcakes. I used this white chocolate buttercream for the frosting.

Dessert table at Ryan's Party!
Picture from Instagram

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The Best Rice Krispies Treats

Adding some mix-ins, a heavy pinch of salt, and some extra marshmallows takes your run-of-the-mill rice krispies treats to a whole new level


6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 3/4 cup mix-ins such as chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, etc
4 Tbsp butter
16 oz mini-marshmallows (~6 cups)
1/2 tsp Kosher salt (optional)


Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

Measure out cereal in to a large bowl. Measure out mix-ins in to a small bowl.

In a large pot, melt the butter on low. Stir in the marshmallows. Stir regularly until all marshmallows are melted.

Pour melted marshmallow mixture over the cereal. Use a wooden spoon to combine.

Once fully combined, allow mixture to cool for 2-3 minutes. This will feel like forever, but the mixture needs to cool a bit so that it doesn't melt your mix-ins.

After the 2-3 minutes, stir in the mix-ins. Pour mixture in to the prepared pan. Spray more non-stick spray on your hands and push down in to pan.

Sprinkle the salt evenly over the pan and allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.

Recipe from Beantown Baker

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2 Responses to “The Best Rice Krispies Treats”

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    Beth — October 25, 2014 at 7:34 am

    made these this week and the family went crazy for them…going to make them for my grandsons Halloween party…going to try adding some coconut and nuts for a scary affect…BOO…lol

  2. #
    Ashley @ My Midwest Table — October 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Love the idea of add-ins! And yes to the extra butter and marshmallows. Ooey gooey all the way! What a fun themed party, adorable! 🙂

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