Easy, easy, easy. As a variation, you can add candy coated chocolates, chocolate chips, or nuts.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Coat a 9 x 13 inch pan with spray oil or margarine.

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  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter or margarine over low heat. Add the vanilla. Melt the marshmallows into the margarine, stirring. Add the cereal when the marshmallows have melted; stir until cereal is coated. Quickly pour into the prepared pan. Use a sheet of waxed paper to press the mixture down flat and evenly into the pan.

  • Let set for 2 to 3 hours. Cut into squares.

Nutrition Facts

114 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 21.6g 7% DV; fat 3g 5% DV; cholesterol 7.6mg 3% DV; sodium 105mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2005
VERY GOOD! I took the suggestion of adding an extra 1/2 cup of cereal, and the consistency was perfect...not too sticky and gooey. The vanilla really adds to the flavor, and using real butter is highly recommended. I do suggest either making a double batch for the 9X13 pan, or using a 9X9 or 8X8 for the original amount; I like thicker bars. Thanks Karen. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/17/2007
Too gooey... needs a little more cereal Read More
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228 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 179
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2005
VERY GOOD! I took the suggestion of adding an extra 1/2 cup of cereal, and the consistency was perfect...not too sticky and gooey. The vanilla really adds to the flavor, and using real butter is highly recommended. I do suggest either making a double batch for the 9X13 pan, or using a 9X9 or 8X8 for the original amount; I like thicker bars. Thanks Karen. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2005
RICE CRISPIE BARS = GOOEY OR WHY MAKE THEM!?? Great recipe - vanilla is a nice touch. I always melt my butter in the microwave and then mix in the marshmellows.... microwave another 15 seconds then mix in the cripies. Easier than than the pan. I like them thick also, so I make them in a 7 x 11 brownie pan. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2006
The recipe was pretty good following the original recipe. I thought that it had a bit of a gritty/powdery taste to it. With the second batch I increased the cereal to 6 cups and added a tablespoon of the vanilla,and a teaspoon of corn syrup. They were so much better. Everyone loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2005
Perfect! I've never made rice crispie treats with vanilla, but it adds a great softness to the flavor. These are perfect as-is, but I just made a batch for Saint Patrick's day with these changes: cut back a little on the butter, went a little heavy on the marshmallows, and instead of vanilla I added (of course) green food coloring (about 10-12 drops for a double batch) and a few tablespoons of Irish Cream liquor. After I patted this into a 13x9 pan, I topped it with 1/4 cup each white, milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips, which I had melted and mixed with a tablespoon of butter and another few tablespoons of Irish Cream (this is the top layer of the Irish Cream Truffle Fudge recipe found here!). It spreads on top in a thin layer. They're a hit here!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2012
Turned out great! If you only have large marshmallows, there are 8 large marshmallows to 1 cup of miniature marshmallows Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2008
These are excellent as is. Gooey and tasty. I made a few changes for later batches: 1/2 tsp vanilla (to make the taste a bit more mild) 5 cups rice crispies also I added 1/4 cup of chocolate chips after I had almost completely mixes the bar mix (after they were not really warm). The butter and marshmallows amounts were the same. They produced great results. By waiting to add chips until after somewhat cool you keep the chips from melting into the marshmallow and getting messy. I preferred them this way for pops of chocolate flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2008
If you like gooey then look no farther. Like previous people I use the microwave. For the best flavor use real butter.. a little extra doesn't hurt!;)I also doubled the vanilla extract and added an additional 1/2 cup of rice crispy cereal. I pressed into heart shaped pans and will be sending out "care packages" to my kids who are away at Universities. They'll be thrilled to have this childhood favorite. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
I know this sounds ridiculous but I DON'T make Rice Krispe Bars - I tend to burn the marshmellow (or something) b/c they ALWAYS - NEVER FAIL - Come out hard as a rock!! Therefore, I always let my mom make them until last night!! I did increase the krispies by a 1/2c and THEY WERE SOFT!! They are marshmellowy but not soggy! (I might try 5c of rice krispies next time - keep your fingers crossed that this increase won't ruin them). I will keep using this recipe b/c it was the first time these worked for me!! Thanks Karen! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
Since my kids are long grown and gone I haven't made these in ages but when I found strawberry flavored marshmallows on the store shelf I decided to make an old favorite with a new twist. They turned a pretty pink and were flecked with the handful of dried mixed berries I threw in for color and interest. I liked this recipe for its addition of vanilla and for the extra gooiness as the original calls for more Rice Krispies to the same amount of marshmallows. However after adding four cups of cereal I agree with some others that it needed another half cup. I used an 8x8" pan for thicker bars. Other than learning I don't care for these made with strawberry flavored marshmallows (tho' I'm sure kids would love it!) these were great! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/17/2007
Too gooey... needs a little more cereal Read More
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