Rice Krispie Treats {Thick & Gooey}

Extra marshmallows, sea salt, and a super-thick bar make for the BEST Rice Krispie Treats. You will love these easy, no-bake treats, they are always a crowd pleaser!

rice krispie treats cut into squares

When it comes to no-bake treats, Rice Krispie Treats are king. They’re a universal favorite and I promise you that this is the BEST Rice Krispie Treat recipe out there. Josh is VERY picky when it comes to Rice Krispie Treats and he has perfected the classic recipe to be even BETTER!

So what makes these the BEST Rice Krispie Treats?

  • The first thing you’ll notice about these perfect Rice Krispie Treats is that they are loaded with marshmallows! We stir in mini marshmallows on top of the melted ones for little pockets of marshmallow perfection throughout the bars.
  • We also add a little vanilla and sea salt. These two flavors really brings something special!
  • We also make THICK Rice Krispie Treats, nobody wants a wimpy square:) The treats are crispy, gooey, buttery, chewy, and oh so delicious!

Keep reading for my recipe that makes the classic favorite an ULTIMATE treat. You’ll never make them the old way again!

You Only Need 5 Ingredients

This recipe is SUPER easy, you only need five ingredients!

  • Butter– You need 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
  • Marshmallows– We use mini marshmallows because they melt faster than large marshmallows. Plus, we stir in two cups of additional mini marshmallows to make the treats super gooey! For this recipe, you will need a 16 ounce bag, PLUS 2 cups of mini marshmallows.
  • Vanilla extract– Optional, but SO good!
  • Sea salt– The hint of sea salt is incredible!
  • Crispy rice cereal– You can find Rice Krispies Cereal (or generic crispy rice cereal) at any grocery store in the cereal aisle.
melting marshmallows in pan for rice krispie treats
making rice krispie treats in pan
stirring rice krispie treats in pan
rice krispie treats pressed into pan

How to Make Rice Krispie Treats

The process is straightforward and so fun for kiddos to help with! Follow our tips and tricks and you will have the BEST Rice Krispie Treats EVER!

  • Grease your pan and set it aside. We use an 8×8-inch pan for THICK bars. I highly recommend you try it. If you want a more traditional bar, you can use a 9×13 size pan.
  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the 16 oz bag of marshmallows (remember to have an additional 2 cups set aside!) and stir until the marshmallows are completely melted. Don’t over cook or the marshmallows will get hard.
  • Pull the pan off the heat and stir in the vanilla and sea salt. 
  • Here’s where it’s going to get a little messy, but super fun! Add the cereal and gently stir until it’s all totally coated with melty marshmallows. Now, stir in the remaining 2 cups of mini marshmallows. 
  • Use a spatula to transfer the mixture to your prepared pan. Press the mixture into the pan using a greased spatula (or spray your clean hands with nonstick spray and really get in there!). If you use an 8×8 pan, the mixture is going to fill the pan to the top. That’s okay!
  • Don’t press too hard and PACK the treats into the pan. We don’t want them to be hard.
  • Let the Rice Krispie Treats sit on the counter and cool completely before cutting, about 1 hour.
  • ALWAYS scoop out the extra marshmallow goo and crispy cereal from the pan for a preview bite or two! That is the best part:)
best rice krispie treats

How to Store

You can keep these bars in an airtight container (or in the pan covered tightly with plastic wrap) for up to 3 days. Do not refrigerate the treats. Refrigerating will dry them out and make them too hard and brittle.


We love classic crispy rice treats, but if you want to mix things up, here are a few fun variations!

  • Feeling Fruity? Replace half of the crispy rice cereal with Fruity Pebbles cereal.
  • Craving Chocolate? Use Cocoa Crispies cereal instead of crispy rice cereal.
  • Brown Butter– Brown the butter for a slightly nutty flavor.
  • Sprinkles– Stir in colorful sprinkles for a pop of color and fun!
  • Cookies and Cream-Stir in crushed Oreos and drizzle the treats with white chocolate.
stack of rice krispie treats

More No Bake Dessert Recipes

rice krispie treat with a bite taken out
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 16 ounce bag mini marshmallows, plus 2 cups mini marshmallows, divided
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 8 cups crispy rice cereal

Nutrition Facts

Rice Krispie Treats

Amount Per Serving

Calories 219 Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 4g20%

Cholesterol 15mg5%

Sodium 129mg5%

Potassium 14mg0%

Carbohydrates 42g14%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 22g24%

Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 175IU4%

Calcium 4mg0%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Molly

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