4 Rice Krispie Treat Hacks You Should Try ASAP

collage: a box of Rice Krispies with a cube of butter and a bag of marshmallows, and a woman holding a Rice Krispies treat.

I’ve been making Rice Krispie Treats for decades because they’re easy to make and the whole family loves them! In recent years, I’ve been making more single-serving Rice Krispie Treats than full pans of them, mainly because there are fewer kids around the help me eat them all.

It’s always nice to return to the classics when our kids come to visit, and I’ve come across some delicious tweaks that make homemade Rice Krispie Treats even more delicious! Below, you’ll find 4 variations that enhance their flavor or texture without requiring a lot of extra time or effort.

So read on, and learn how to make your next batch of Rice Krispie Treats your best one yet!

4 Ways To Make Rice Krispie Treats Even Better

1. Brown The Butter

Here’s a secret that pastry chefs the world over know and use all the time: almost any recipe that calls for melted butter can be enhanced by browning the butter beforehand. Brown butter has a rich, nutty flavor that takes Rice Krispie Treats to a new level of tastiness.

To brown butter, simply warm it in a pan over medium heat until it foams and sizzles around the edges. Continue cooking it until it’s golden brown and no longer sizzling, around 5 to 8 minutes. (But keep a close eye on it — butter can go from brown to burnt in a flash!)

2. Toast The Marshmallows

Give your next batch of Rice Krispie Treats a toasted flavor reminiscent of campfire s’mores by toasting the marshmallows under your broiler before using them.

Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray, then arrange around half of the marshmallows on the pan. Broil for a minute or two until the marshmallows are toasted to your liking, then proceed with the rest of the recipe as usual.

3. Add Sweetened Condensed Milk

For a creamier flavor and softer texture, try adding 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk to the melted butter in your next batch of Rice Krispie Treats. The condensed milk will also help keep them soft and chewy for a day or two (for those who can manage not to eat them all on the first day!)

Making a single-serving Rice Krispie Treat? Use 3 to 4 teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk.

4. Experiment With Other Cereals

While Rice Krispies are the classic choice for these gooey homemade treats, other cereals bring unique flavor and charm to the recipe. Try substituting all or part of the Rice Krispies in your next batch with Cocoa Krispies or Fruity Pebbles. Or try an entirely different type of cereal, like Cheerios, Kix, or even Fruit Loops — the sky’s the limit!

What other Rice Krispie Treat tips would you add to this list?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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Jill’s 30 years of homemaking experience, make her the trusted source for practical household solutions.

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