Thick, Soft, and Gooey Rice Krispie Treats

Thick, Soft, and Gooey Rice Krispie Treats | Homan at Home

Quarantine has brought so many surprises, including the time to perfect my Rice Krispie treats recipe. Eggs are difficult to get around here, so we’ve been moving away from our normal brownies and cookies as our weekly treat. Instead, various forms of the cereal and marshmallow treat have been making an appearance. We’ve done Cheerios treats and cornflakes treats, along with the highly experimental and not recommended Frosted Mini-Wheats treats.

I’ve always made the standard Rice Krispie treats recipe off the back of the cereal box. The problem with that recipe, at least for me, is that the treats are thin and they dry out very quickly, even in air-tight containers. The only remedy for that problem was to eat them all in one sitting. That worked when I was 20; it doesn’t work so well now…

Thick, Soft, and Gooey Rice Krispie Treats | Homan at Home

Since we’ve been eating these so often, I decided to try out multiple different recipes off Pinterest looking for one that fixed my issues with the old back-of-the-box recipe. While I loved aspects of the various recipes I tried, none of them had everything.

So I combined what I liked from each one until this recipe came together. It’s deceptively simple, but it has what every treat should — it’s thick, they stay soft (as long as you store them right), and there’s little pockets of ooey-gooey marshmallows everywhere. It’s decadent, delicious, and involves no eggs. Quaratine’s not good for much, but I guess it’s good for recipe development!

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Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 16


  • 16 oz marshmallows divided (12 oz and 4 oz)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Melt butter in large saucepan.
  • Melt 12 oz of marshmallows (roughly 3/4 of a bag) in the saucepan stirring constantly to avoid burning.
  • Add cereal and vanilla and stir until cereal is coated with marshmallow mixture.
  • Allow mixture to cool for about 3 minutes. When the mixture has cooled slightly, stir in remaining marshmallows. The marshmallows will melt a little, but stay somewhat intact.
  • Press mixture into a 9×13 pan lined with parchment paper. Allow treats to set for about 15 minutes.
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