Let’s start by ignoring the recipe on the box. Follow this recipe above.
Years ago my daughters friend was asking how I made my rice crispy treats. I decided to show her. She explained to me that she wasn’t allowed to butter the pan that her mother made her use pan spray. I poo pooed that idea. Butter is flavor! Plain and simple.
Butter your pan or baking dish. If you want your squares to be about 1 1/2-inches thick, use a 9 x 13-inch pan. If you want a thicker square then use a 9 x 9-inch pan. Just make sure you butter the bottom and sides.
In a microwave safe bowl add the 1/4 cup butter. Yes, you can do this on the stove top using a pan.
Place bowl in a microwave and melt the butter for 30 seconds.
Add the 16-ounce bag of marshmallows.
Stir to coat the marshmallows with butter.
Place in the microwave for 60 seconds. NO LONGER!
Remove from microwave and stir until the marshmallows begin to melt.
If you are doing this on a stove top, heat only until the marshmallows begin to melt then remove from the heat.
The marshmallows will melt in just a few minutes. Don’t over stir. It’s alright if there are a few marshmallows floating around that haven’t melted.
Pour the rice cereal into the melted marshmallows all at once.
Gently stir to coat all of the cereal.
Gently pour into the prepared dish or pan. Notice how stringy the marshmallow is. Perfect.
Next tip: Gently smooth out the top. DO NOT press hard into place.
Set aside for 30 minutes or so to allow the marshmallow to firm up.
Using a sharp knife, cut into squares. Cut them big or small. I don’t care.
Rice Crispy Treats
A microwave makes quick work of this fun treat. Perfect when you are in a rush or a surprise occasion pops up.
- 1/4 cup butter margarine not allowed but I'll accept coconut oil
- 16 ounce bag of marshmallows notice that's NOT a 10-oz bag
- 5 - 5 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
Butter a 9 x 13-inch or a 9 x 9-inch pan. Set aside. Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and add marshmallows. Stir to coat marshmallows with butter. Return to microwave for only 60 seconds. Remove and stir until marshmallows have melted. Add cereal and gently stir. Pour into buttered pan and lightly smooth out the tops without compressing to much. Let set for at least 30 minutes before cutting with a sharp knife. Makes 9 - 15 squares depending on what size pan is used.
Stove top method:
In a large pan melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir until marshmallows begin to melt. Remove from the heat and stir until most of the marshmallows have melted. Add cereal and stir gently. Pour into prepared pan.
I like reading your blog because of lines like this in a recipe:
"1/4 cup butter (margarine not allowed but I'll accept coconut oil)"
and because I adore rice krispy treats!! 😉
Janet Barton says
Ha ha I really too out spoken.
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Thank you very much for such a lovely and informative post.