If you have a faster alternative to the Rice Krispie Treats recipe, please share it with me! Unexpected guests are dropping by this weekend.
I always enjoy hosting friends and pampering them, but truth be told, I wasn’t quite prepared for their sudden visit. Thankfully, in today’s world, the convenience of swiftly ordering food for home delivery came to our rescue, and we happily embraced the option.
However, it soon became apparent that all my dessert supplies had mysteriously disappeared, likely devoured by either my husband or my little daughter.
No one has owned up to it yet, but that’s beside the point. I had to come up with a solution. Hastily assessing the contents of the cupboards, I discovered marshmallows and crispy rice tucked away. Apologies to my daughter, as I sacrificed her breakfast of crispy rice with milk to whip up a speedy Rice Krispie Treats Recipe in just ten minutes*. While we enjoyed the ordered pizza, the dessert had time to cool, and we indulged in them over a cup of tea.
Oh no, it wasn’t me who came up with this recipe. I had kept it in my notes for quite some time, but there never seemed to be a reason to make it. Either my daughter devoured all the crispy rice, or I used up all the marshmallows in my morning coffee. When the last piece of the Rice Krispie Treats Recipe was finally eaten, it dawned on me that it could be elevated to something even more special.
For instance, adding chocolate chips or cocoa for a chocolate gourmet twist. And why not experiment with ground cinnamon? Yes, spices are never too much. And, of course, don’t forget about vanilla; it perfectly enhances the taste of crispy rice and marshmallows. If your guests are children, consider decorating the top with colorful sprinkles.
Later that evening, I became curious about how Rice Krispies are made. Whenever possible, I prefer to prepare dishes from scratch. It might seem simple—harvest medium-grain rice, boil, dry, and fry it. However, I’m more than convinced that attempting this at home wouldn’t result in crispy rice. It turns out, the production process involves grinding rice into a paste with water, salt, sugar, malt flavor, and vitamins. This suspension is then molded back into rice “grains,” rolled out, and subsequently boiled, dried, and fried.
The final “toasting” process operates much like popcorn; as the moisture inside the “grain” transforms into steam, it pops up, creating the familiar texture we know. Naturally, manufacturers don’t disclose the exact cooking recipe, but I believe that’s not essential. It’s still much easier and cost-effective to buy ready-made crispy rice and whip up a batch of Rice Krispie Treats Recipe.
Preparation Tip: While a large marshmallow can be used as an alternative, believe me, working with small marshmallows is more convenient and faster.
The Perfect Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
5 tablespoons butter
8 cups, plus 2 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Crispie Cereal
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
- Take a deep 9 * 9-inch pan and line it with foil, giving it a light coating of cooking spray.
- In a large saucepan with a thick bottom, melt the butter over low heat.
- Add 8 cups of mini marshmallows to the melted butter, stirring constantly.
- Once the marshmallows have partially melted, add salt and Crispie Cereal. Stir quickly to ensure the marshmallows coat the crispy rice, and remove from heat.
- Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth it out with a spatula.
- Allow it to cool completely, then cut into squares.
- To easily level the mixture in the pan, moisten the spatula or fingers with water.