This Is My Favorite Quick & Easy Single-Serving Treat

rice krispies treat

We love rice krispie treats in our house and have for decades, so a single-serving rice krispie treat is a total no-brainer! The fact that these sweet, crunchy, and slightly gooey treats are so quick and easy to make is the icing on the cake, as far as I’m concerned.

When I realized Melissa at No. 2 Pencil had posted about a single-serving rice krispie treat, I dropped everything to make it ASAP! It was everything I hoped it would be, and now I can enjoy a reasonably-sized rice krispie treat (or a chocolate chip cookie for one) any time I like!

And you can, too — just follow the simple recipe below!

Watch me make these single-serving rice krispie treats in the video at the end of the post!

Single-Serving Rice Krispie Treat (Recipe)

rice krispies treat


  • 2 tsp butter
  • 4 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies cereal*

*Note: Rice Krispies are made with a barley syrup, so they’re not technically gluten free. To make them gluten free, use a crispy rice cereal that’s labeled gluten free, like Nature’s Path or Barbara’s.

rice krispies treat


Add the butter to a small bowl and microwave it until the butter is melted, then add the marshmallows to the melted butter and return the bowl to the microwave. Microwave for approximately 15 seconds more, but keep an eye on the marshmallows — they will puff up quite a bit!

rice krispies treat

Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the melted butter and marshmallows until they’re well combined. Add the cereal to the marshmallow mixture and stir until the cereal is evenly coated.

rice krispies treat

At this point, I like to pack it down a bit with my fingers and let it cool for a couple of minutes to get the full rice krispie treat effect. But if you’d rather grab a spoon and dig right in, that’s your prerogative!

rice krispies treat

I hope you enjoy this new twist on an old favorite as much as I do!

Do you have a favorite single-serving treat recipe?

A white bowl filled with rice krispie treats on a wooden table.

Single-Serving Rice Krispie Treat

Jill Nystul
Looking for a quick and easy treat to satisfy a sweet tooth? It doesn't get much quicker or easier than this rice krispie treat for one.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 267 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 4 marshmallows large
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies cereal


  • Put the butter in a small bowl and melt it in your microwave.
  • Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and return the bowl to the microwave, and cook on high for about 15 seconds.
  • Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the melted butter and marshmallows until well combined.
  • Add the cereal and stir until the marshmallow mixture evenly coats the cereal, then press the mixture down with your fingers and let cool before eating.


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Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 234mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 2112IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 9mg

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  • We’ve used this before. When my mom worked with some of the girls and one is severely Autistic and Gluten Free she would make a single one of this recipe for her little treat.

  • Saw this on Pinterest and will have to try! I have Celiac Disease and have to be GF. One serving! And not a whole pan to tempt! Lots of GF cereals would work, although I always liked the rice krispie version. I enjoyed reading the suggestions for variations!

  • I absolutely love all the suggestions from the comments (coconut oil, PB, chocolate krispies, nutella, etc) and will try some of them.
    But does anyone know, whether this recipe will also work using marshmallow fluff?

    • Hi Constance! I’ve never thought to make Rice Krispie treats with marshmallow fluff but the Rice Krispie website actually says you can substitute it in place of marshmallows. I would probably use 1/4-1/2 cup of the fluff in this recipe.

    • Constance, I made them with marshmallow fluff and coconut oil yesterday…wonderful! Thank goodness it was only the single serving or I would have finished a whole pan full!!

  • Glad to see a recipe on how to make a single serving of Rice Krispie squares. I have often made the full recipe using peanut butter or PB and chocolate to rave reviews. This week at our local grocery store they had strawberry flavoured marshmallow in a 700 g. bag and these marshmallows were giants. Just finished trying this recipe for singles and they are very good-almost like cotton candy. Hopefully I can let them completely “set” to pass full judgement on them but they are yummy.
    Thanks for all the recipes you have given us.

  • Another awesome post………..only thing I would add is a dash of vanilla extract (my secret ingredient in pancakes, french toast and basically anything sweet) LOVE…LOVE….LOVE IT………..

  • My sister is going through radiation and decided she wanted Rice Krispies treats. I found this in my mailbox, fixed it last night and it was Perfect! My cousin is planning on doing it with her three grandsons too. Thank you for posting this Jillee!

  • Jillee,

    I agree with Jannapy, Tam and Karen. I want to thank you for the recipe. I have not made the RTC for some time as I don’t need a whole pan. (Since I would eat it all) But this would just do it when I need something sweet.
    Thanks to you for your blog and website you have really improved my way of life. Mainly with the use of EO. Keep all your ideas and finds coming.

  • We’ve got your back Jillee. :o) Our Mamas taught us, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Now we can teach our kids, “If you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t comment it on their blog.” :o) Keep the good things coming! And the nice nails that make us wish we had taken the time to do our own! :o)

  • I think this is a great idea, even though I can’t eat them. Besides gluten, I’m also allergic to corn (marshmallows are made of corn syrup). So if anyone knows of a substitute for marshmallows, I’d love to hear it! Thanks, Jillee!

  • Thanks for the idea. Rice Krispy Treats are not well received in our house,– a shame because they are one of the easiest treats to make. But I think the Cocoa Pebbles & peanut butter or Nutella might work. Have to give it a try. Think I’ll experiment by making a single serve size.

  • Hey Jillee,
    thanks so much for the fantastic Rice Krispie Treat idea! I love it! My son and I are both celiac and this will be a great alternative to my usual practice of making an entire pan and eating it all in ten minutes. I think my girth will be grateful as well. I love your nails, love your blog and love the way you express yourself. I am sorry about all the negative posters and wish they would find something else to do, other than being rude and judgmental!

  • Can’t count the number of your good things that have benefited my life. But… this is somehow the BEST thing. And I will probably never make it, but still… SINGLE SERVING RICE KRISPIES TREAT. Thank you for saving me from ever eating the entire pan of rice krispie treats all by myself. And for saving me from whatever weirdness they put in the store bought ones. Love your blog. When did you get the trolls? Here’s hoping your sunshine rubs off on them instead their grumpiness onto you!

  • Great comments ladies! Since, so many of us are going gluten free and feeling so much better – and, sadly, so many are celiac and get so sick. It is nice to find treats and new (and old that we may have forgotten about) recipes for those with such restricted diets. It is so sad that we have ruined the wheat and corn that used to be healthy….But, back to the basics – non gmo.
    Thank you so much for sharing all of your great ideas and recipes. I so enjoy everything you write and share. And, I love your nails.
    Have a blessed week everyone!

  • Have done rice crispy treats using peanut butter rather than butter – soooo good!
    But you can heat the marshmallows in a saucepan and avoid the unhealthy consequences of microwaving (“nuking” alters the molecular structure of food and reduces vitamins).

    • Thanks for the idea of the peanut butter – can’t wait to try that! And I like to mix the regular and chocolate rice krispies when I make mine. I even put sprinkles and candles on top for a friends birthday this year since they are her absolute favorite. For her it was better than any cake.

    • Seriously? Like there’s a lot of vitamins in marshmallows?? If I want fast I don’t want to clean the sticky pan.
      PS to GF people: crushed Rice Chex work well for GF. I don’t care for the taste of those GF Rice Krispies.

  • Thank you, Jill! I’ve just recently had to go gluten free and sooooo miss my little treats once-in-awhile. This will be so easy for me to do for myself as the grandkids are eating the regulars!
    BTW…love your nails and the sparkling color is very fun! I have one granddaughter that even as a baby would stare at, then touch my earrings and necklaces. We would laugh and say she was definitely a girly, girl and loved Nana’s bling. Now at six years old she is always wearing something sparkling, making sure I see it and checking out what “Nana’s” got on that sparkles too. She is my kind of girl!

  • Cute! The kids would love to try this! :D

    But putting “Rice Krispies” and “Gluten Free” in the same title is a bit misleading as only the new Brown rice ones are gluten-free. Regular ones definitely have gluten in them!

    • Actually the title of the actual recipies says “SINGLE SERVE RICE KRISPIE TREATS”. In the title of the article she but gluten free in parenthesis for a reason. Because if you notice in the ingredients, in parenthesis again, she put that if you want gluten free go for the brown rice version of rice krispies.

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