Not So Easy Peasy Rice Krispy Treats
Disclaimer: This post is a reader submission from Elizabeth Nuckols.
So I was watching The Pioneer Woman this morning and I got inspired. She made these marshmallow Rice Krispy treats, using an “easy as pie” recipe that didn’t involve using the oven! Whhaattt?!?! A no-bake dessert? Even I can do that! So I trotted on over to Kroger, and while holding my 18mo. old son in my arms because he decided now was a perfect time for a nap, I got all the ingredients. (Total cost about $8).
This is the recipe I followed:
– 1 10oz. bag of large marshmallows
– 1 bag of mini-marshmallows
– 4 Tbsp. of salted butter
– 1/4 tsp of salt
– 6 cups of rice cereal (I used Kroger brand since it was on sale)
– Sprinkles (optional)
I get all these ingredients then head over to my Mom’s kitchen. Her kitchen is what we call the “experimental area.” All kinds of projects have been conducted in this kitchen. For example, when I was pregnant, I tried to make my own Eucalyptus tablets for the shower.. lets just say the blue Blob invaded my moms kitchen. Anywho! I thought I would continue this tradition of experiments in her kitchen, plus she has better cooking utensils than I do— hunny? hint hint.. *clears throat**
So the first step in making this Easy Peasy No bake treats is to thoroughly grease a 9 x 13 pan (butter is better than cooking spray–it just tastes butter! I mean better 😉
Then, melt the butter in a NON-STICK large pot (Note this will be explained later). Once the butter is mostly melted, dump in the bag of large marshmallows, constantly stirring until completely melted. Once the marshmallows are completely melted, remove from the heat. Stir in 6 cups of Rice Krispies and the salt, stir in a sort of flipping motion, then add the bag of mini-marshmallows. Remember when I said to use a NON-stick pot? yep I didn’t! So, the result was a huge mess of fluff –HOT fluff!!– Stuck to a big pot! DUH Beth! Gee I remember my first cooking lesson **insert eye roll**
Ok, so once everything is stirred in together, lay it all out in the 9×13 pan. My challenge for you is to make this look all evenly, perfectly square. Let me know how that works out for you. If you get it all perfect, congratulations. We are no longer friends.
As you can see, it didn’t look square for me. –Oh!! Side note— do not taste test yet!! You will burn your fingers! And tongue. Just sayin. Don’t. However, if you find that you are making a massively huge mess and the fluff is everywhere on your counters, clothes, hands, cups, etc. just keep working the fluff so it covers the 9×13 dish, it’ll eventually cool down, or you will lose all feeling in your finger tips. Once you get it all covered (at least somewhat) evenly, set dish aside and let it cool. I added sprinkles for fun (no judging all I had were Christmas kind). If you want sprinkles, add them immediately after pouring your fluff into the dish.
Voila!! Who needs a perfect square lifestyle anyway?
DB, Foodie Stuntman | Crazy Foodie Stunts says
I originally clicked on this post because I specialize in not-so-easy dishes to prepare. I don’t do a lot of baking but I wonder if you could substitute parchment for butter in your 9X13 pan.
Cute post! I love rice krispy treats and i can never get them square either don’t feel bad!! LOL
marla king says
Love rice krispy treats & love the way to add to it to make if better.
marla king says
I would love to have a rice krispy treat right now…..I love them.
Barb Stenby says
I made these today they are fantastic!
Brian Oliver says
I like this version. It’s a nice twist.
marla king says
I love Rice Krispy treats. I have not had them in years.
Carolyn Daley says
Sometimes the best things in life as messy! I love homemade Rice Krispy Treats. I agree that butter taste better than cooking spray. The thing I hate most is my wrist aches after trying to stir the cereal and marshmallows together.
This looks good enough to eat 🙂 Thanks for the recipe and the helpful hints!
cylina williams says
These look really good, my kids would love to make and eat these!
Jasmine P says
They might not be easy to make but they look delicious!
Sounds like everything I try to cook. I see all of the finished product photos and get discouraged because mine done look the same. I’ll bet, if I made these, they would. That wasn’t meant to be nasty, promise!
Michelle Tucker says
Hehe, this reminds me of the time I decided to try a pinterest recipe for pumpkin shaped rice krispie treats for a Halloween party we had. Talk about some burning fingers! However, they were an absolute hit. Everyone loved those orange pumpkin treats. We made 4 batches of them. UGH. Anyway, now I really want some of these. Thanks for posting this. I’ll be putting it on my grocery list.
Carolyn Massey says
We love to make Rice Krispy treats but such a pain. Have to have a non stick pan. This recipe looks delicious and will make it for my family. Thanks
Hesper Fry says
This looks really good and I would love to try the recipe!
Sarah L says
Yep, NON-STICK pan is essential. Silicone spatula is also helpful for these. Looks are not importants.
robyn donnelly says
I will definitely need to make this recipe. Its easy and looks wonderful.
Heather Johnson says
This sounds really yummy!! This is something the kids would enjoy making with me.
Crystal Wall says
You had me at Pioneer Woman. I love rice crispy treats and this recipe is no exception. No judgement here, we adore them. Not a bad price to make a batch either. Thanks so much for sharing.
Sue E says
My family loves Rice Krispy Treats & have been making them for years.
Love the title: Not So Easy Peasy Rice Krispy Treats – you should get an award for that alone! Now because I am an empty nester, I just buy the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies in the box 🙂
Lisa Coomer Queen says
I don’t think they are easy to make at all! This made me smile! My Mama use to make them, then I said to heck with tradition and bought them. But my daughter is now making them.
Jerrica Evans says
My children love rice krispy treats. The sprinkles would make them want them even more.
Traci U says
I’ve never tried them like this, but rice crispy treats have always been a favorite of mine.
Nicole Dziedzic says
Rice Krispy treats are way more fun for the kids to make then me, it can be a sticky mess, but they love it.
Catherine Wooster says
This looks incredibly yummy! If I had everything needed,I’d be making some right now!
laura rubenstein says
This looks soooo good! I am gonna have to make this.
Sandra Watts says
The sprinkles gave it the little bit of color it needed. The kids always love these.
Michele Ash says
Thanks so much for the recipe on Not So Easy Peasy Rice Krispy Treats! My kids love Rice Crispy Treats! I enjoyed reading about how you made these! Rice Crispy treats are always messy to make! I bet these tasted good though! Hey, they don’t have to be beautiful to taste good! Thanks for sharing your recipe and your “fun” time making them with all of us! I honestly do appreciate it! Thanks again! Michele 🙂
denise low says
Thank you for the recipe. We love rice krispies at our house.
melissa cushing says
Love homemade Rice Crispies Treats and yours look divine! Thanks for sharing and you have gotten me in the mood to make some for my daughter!
Jo-Ann Brightman says
Since you are going to cut up these Rice Krispy treats I don’t see why they have to be square. You are just being inventive!
Andrea B Cofman says
Whenever I get the chance to be in the Kitchen with my Children is a GREAT FEELING & to make treats like these is SO MUCH FUN!!!! I also have to add that if you can make a Sweet treat & eat it right out t of the Pan is a PLUS!!!!
Mary Mudd says
I love Rice Krispy Treats!! I havent made these since the kids were little. I am going to go get the ingredients and make some this weekend. I think Ill make some with Cocoa Pebbles too!! Sometimes I put mini chocolate chips in those. Really good. Dont know if Ill be able to wait til the weekend, lol.
Alexia H. says
Being perfectly square doesn’t matter ~ they look yummy and it sounds like you had fun making them 🙂
I love rice krispy treats and mine are rarely pretty but they always taste good. I have never thought to add sprinkles, I bet my kids would love that!
Christy Peeples DuBois says
I am not a cook at all but I can make these. My recipe does not call for the bag of miniature marshmallows but I know it would just add the the goodness. The trick to handling the goo or fluff and spreading it out even is making sure to keep entry of butter on your hands while working with it. Love these!!
Rice krispy treats are easy to make. And the kids love them. They are a bit messy with the clean up though.
Katrina Weghorn says
One of my favorite posts for sure, about Beth. I too though use Mom’s kitchen as my tester more often than not.
However, these treats did at least taste good, and my son also agreed and wanted me to make some (I declined because I know better).
I always make a mess when I cook!
Rachel Beltz says
Hey, no judgement here! Cooking anything with marshmallow is bound to be a horrific mess!! Same goes for caramel (aka molten hot lava that requires four hours cooling time).
STEFANIE FOOTE says
Your post made me laugh. I love rice crispy treats, but rarely make them because of the sticky, mess factor that is involved. They are kind of a pain! I’d rather just head on over to my mom’s house after she makes a fresh batch. Haha!