Rice Krispie Treats Tips and Recipes

This page features creative tips and recipes for making Rice Krispie Treats.

Pressing Rice Crispie Treats

Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan and the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers. Butter rubbed on your fingers can also be used.



Pack the made mix into a buttered funnel for Rice Krispie treat "Kisses"

By Terry

Soft and Chewy

If you like your Rice Krispy Treats soft and chewy, melt the marshmallows with low heat so the sugar doesn't crystallize. I use my electric wok for this low-temperature melting and have received numerous special requests for my treats.

By Cheryl from Missouri

Different Cereal

Try using a different kind of cereal, like cheerios. (04/05/2005)

By Linda L.

Add Food Coloring

A few drops of food coloring will give you "seasonal" treats. Try orange for Halloween. Make a pan of red and a pan of green, cut and served on the same plate, for Christmas.

By Linda L.

Fruit Flavored Cereal

A new twist on an old favorite. One night I made Rice Krispie treats by adding a little leftover fruit-flavored cereal and crushed up fruit flavored candy sticks. My kids loved 'em.


By Sharon

Don't Use Too Much Butter

Use exact measurements of everything, especially the butter. If you use too much butter, the whole pan tastes like you stale cereal. Also, you can spray your stirring spoon or hands with cooking spray so that the treats will not stick! It's harder than it looks forming Krispies into shapes.

By Suzi Homemaker

Cocoa Krispies

Try using Cocoa Krispies! We're stationed on a military installation and can't get regular Rice Krispies but we LOVE Cocoa Krispies Treats!

By Kathi Black

Nylong Spoon for Spreading

Press the Rice Krispie Treats into the pan with the back of a nylon spoon (this spoon is shaped like a wooden spoon, but is made of white nylon that has a high heat tolerance). No need to butter or oil it. Nothing sticks to it. I use it anytime I have something sticky to spread in a pan.


By Julie Neusch

Add Jello

While melting the butter and marshmallows, I add 1 small package of dry Jello mix (strawberry, blueberry, and lemon are really good. Try experimenting with other flavors.) The kids love the new twist, and when I take them to bake sales at school, the kids go nuts over these.

By Eaglekitty

Frosting for Treats

Check the back of the Hershey's cocoa container: perfectly chocolate frosting. Then slowly add sugar to the consistency you want. When you refrigerate it, it stiffens up fast.

By Kelly

Don't Overheat Marshmallows

Don't heat the marshmallows until golden brown. If you do, your rice Krispies will be rock-solid.

By Grant

Use Cookie Cutters

My kids love when I use cookie cutters in fun holiday shapes and also the alphabet shapes to spell their names.


By mom4gbgb

Bran Buds

I add in 2/3 cup of chocolate chips and substitute about 1 1/2 cups of the Krispies with bran buds. Nobody notices them in there and they stay crisp.

By MinnieMouse

Krispie Wreaths

To make these special for Christmas, add a few drops of green food coloring into the melting marshmallows. After adding the rice crispies, form the treats into palm-sized wreaths. Place cinnamon candies around the wreaths as decorations. The final step after all the wreaths are completed is, using red icing, form a small bow at the neck of each wreath.

By Gina

Use Waxpaper for Pressing Treats

Tear off a small piece of wax paper to keep under your fingertips as you press the Rice Krispies into the pan. This keeps the treats from sticking to you.

By Diane

Christmas Present Treats

For Christmas- make rice crispies treats, cut them into squares, and use the squeeze tube with a tip to make a ribbon and a bow on each one to look like a present. Huge hit for Christmas parties!


Peanut Butter Krispie Treats

I like to add a cup of peanut butter to the marshmallow and butter mixture while it is melting. You can add slightly less butter for this. My family loves the peanut butter flavor. I also love to make these using cheerios or frosted flakes.

By Melissa

Chocolate Krispie

One thing my kids have loved is my chocolate Krispies Treats: When melting the butter and the marshmallows, I add a package of Nestle's semisweet chocolate chips to melt also. This makes rich chocolate Treats.

I make a regular batch as well and, for Valentines Day, I cut both out into heart shapes. Then cut each heart in half and press one vanilla half against one chocolate half for a "black and white" treat.

By Lynne

Chocolate Topped Krispie Treats

I've made a chocolate topped Rice Krispie treat by melting 1/2 a package semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1/2 package of butterscotch chips in the microwave. Melt in 1-minute intervals, stirring well after each minute. Watch closely or the chips will burn.


Then frost the rice Krispies while still in the pan. The frosting will harden but may take around 2 hours, allow for this time before planning to cut them. Once they frosting hardens you can cut into squares.

By hbrosch

Use a Buttered Glass

To pack the treats in the pan. Butter the bottom of a flat bottom plastic glass (lightly). And press the treats with this, no sticky fingers! (08/13/2008)

By Ruby


My family loves Scotcheroos. Combine 1 cup Karo syrup and 1 cup white sugar, bring to a boil. Then add 1 c. peanut butter.

The recipe calls for 6 cups of Rice Krispies (I only use about 4 1/2), I think it makes it too dry with too many Rice Krispies. After you mix it up pour into a buttered pan. While you are making the above mixture, in a separate pan melt 6 oz. choc chips and 6 oz. butterscotch chips. When it is smooth pour it over the Rice Krispies in the buttered pan. Let it sit until it is hardened. If you can wait!

These are so good and rich. Don't eat too much or you will get a belly ache.

By Nightrain71

Microwave Marshmallows

Here is a fast and easier way to make Rice Krispie treats. When I make Rice Krispies I put the marshmallows in the microwave instead of putting them on the stove top. It's faster and less time-consuming.

By Jay

RE: Rice Krispie Treats Tips and Recipes

Yo where I live I use the ingredients that I can find. So I recently found Nestle Premier White Baking Bars in 6 oz. packages. How do I build a rice krispie treat recipe around this? I'd love your help Thanks (10/06/2008)

By Will R

Total Cereal

Here's a healthy alternative my kids and I just love! We use Total cereal instead of Rice Krispies, and substitute 1/2 cup of cereal with cooked green peas. The veggie factor gives the treats an unexpected zing, plus they're eye-catching - try them!

By Francis Grimes

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March 9, 20180 found this helpful

Sounds weird. Anyone try this? Does it have to be refrigerated?

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October 19, 20180 found this helpful

Yuk! Sorry but that really sounds disgusting

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