Memories of crispy, buttery, marshmallow goodness flood my mind. My earliest recollection of making Rice Krispie Treats was in the kitchen with my mom. I was about seven years old, and it was a few days before Thanksgiving. I stood on a stepstool by the stove as my mom melted the butter in the saucepan. When it came time to add in the marshmallows, my mom gave me that important job. She also let me pour in the Rice Krispies, too. Later we would enjoy some with glasses of milk.
Rice Krispie Treats was the first recipe I learned to make when I was younger. They were, and still are, one of my favorite sweet treats to make, especially around the holidays. Now I often wait to make them when my great-niece and great-nephews are visiting, as I want to carry on the tradition that my mom started so many years ago.
Like with my family, many people have been enjoying these tasty morsels since 1939, when the home economics department at Kellogg’s first introduced them. Many variations of Rice Krispie Treats now exist, as cooks across America added in a number of other baking ingredients like chocolate chips, peanut butter, and assorted candies to the mix. I’ve tasted a few of these other concoctions, but the original recipe remains my personal favorite, and the one my family uses the most.
3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows – OR – 4 cups miniature marshmallows 6 cups Rice Krispies Treat cereal
1. In a large saucepan melt butter or margarine over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add Rice Krispies. Stir until well coated.
3. Using a buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13x9x2-inch pan coated with cooking spray or oiled with melted butter. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best served the same day.
It is best if you use fresh marshmallows. 1 (7oz) jar of marshmallow fluff can be substituted for marshmallows. I would not recommend using diet or reduced calorie margarine for this recipe as it affects the taste of these yummy treats. Store leftover treats in an airtight container for no more than two days.
Rice Krispies Treats are wonderful gifts to give friends and family over the holidays, to take to potluck dinners, or give out to children trick or treating on Halloween.