These 5-Minute 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!
5-Minute Microwave Rice Krispie Treats
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.
Secret to Soft Rice Krispie Treats
Is there anything worse than hard, dry, crunchy Rice Krispie Treats? No. No there isn’t. But we’ve all been there. Running late to bring a treat to a party or for the post-soccer game snack and ending up with brittle squares of disappointment instead of soft, chewy goodness. 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.
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
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!
How To Make Microwave Rice Krispie Treats
- Grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
- Place butter and marshmallows in a LARGE microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. See recipe notes below.
- Remove bowl from microwave and stir.
- Return bowl to microwave and microwave another 30 seconds.
- Stir again until marshmallows and butter are completely melted together. You only want it JUST melted.
- Fold in rice cereal until well combined.
- Place mixture in prepared 9x13 dish and press down evenly (spray a little cooking spray on your hands to prevent sticking).
- Allow to cool before serving.