How to make rice crispy

These Microwave Rice Krispie Treats are foolproof and turn out perfect every time. They are never hard or dry. Less mess than making them over the stove!

Did you know that you can actually MICROWAVE Rice Krispie Treats? Well, let me tell you a little secret.  Not only can you make them in the microwave, they actually taste BETTER than making them over the stove.  They will never get hard and dry. This version of microwave Rice Krispie treats is totally foolproof.  They turn out soft and chewy every time.


Some may wonder why their Rice Krispie treats turn out hard.  The answer is in how the marshmallows are cooked. When you make Rice Krispie treats over the stove, the marshmallows have a tendency to get too HOT. If the marshmallows cook too long and get too hot and overdone, you will have hard Rice Krispie treats. That is why microwaving them is the better way to go. Just be sure not to OVER microwave them, which you won’t if you trust me and follow this recipe.

With some newly discovered gluten allergies in our family, we are always trying to be aware of gluten-free foods. If you are wondering if Rice Krispie treats are gluten-free, it depends on the brand of cereal. There is barley present in Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, which contains gluten. Years ago there was a gluten free Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal but it has since been discontinued.  You can find generic brands of “crispy rice cereal” that are gluten-free. Malt-O-Meal is a brand that makes a gluten-free crispy rice cereal, and it works great in this recipe.

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Many also want to know if coconut oil can be used instead of butter.  The answer is YES, and it is a delicious substitution! Just use the same amount of coconut oil as you would butter. That’s it. So tasty! We actually make this substitution often and include coconut flakes and chocolate chips.

Rice Krispie Treat Add-Ins

This is a no-frills, basic recipe, but feel free to add anything you would like to them including M&Ms, chocolate chips, coconut, crushed Oreos, candy corn (for Halloween), Cadbury mini eggs (for Easter), candy sprinkles, etc.

More Recipes with Rice Krispies Cereal

If you are looking for Rice Krispie treats that are a little more involved, try our Avalanche Bark, our Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats or our Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats!

Store your microwave Rice Krispie treats in an air-tight container and place wax paper in between each layer to prevent them from sticking together. These do not need to be refrigerated, but it doesn’t hurt them if they are.This recipe comes from my friend, Heidi P., whom I begged for the recipe. She was kind enough to let me share this recipe and star in the video.  Thanks Heidi!

Watch the 1 minute video to learn how to make these Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats!

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats are SO simple to make and kids adore the fun shape and color. If you’re scrambling for a last minute holiday treat, these are it! Get the easy kid-friendly recipe on!

I originally developed this recipe as a freelancer for Food Fanatic.

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