Small Batch Rice Krispie Treats
Love cereal treats but don’t want to eat a whole batch? Small Batch Rice Krispie Treats made in a loaf pan are the ideal ooey gooey no bake dessert that are both delightful and perfectly portioned.
Growing up, I ate packaged rice krispie treats in my lunch box made by the cereal company who invented them.
Although they were fine, it wasn’t until I ate my first rice krispie treat that I really appreciated what they were – crispy cereal treats made with ooey gooey marshmallows.
Marshmallows are one of my favorite ingredients. Now we have an entire treat completely dedicated to their flavor and gooeyness.
I love making them from scratch but don’t make them often enough. Probably because I’d eat the entire pan in one sitting.
And since it’s been blazing hot in Pittsburgh, now is the perfect time to post my recipe for Small Batch Rice Krispie Treats.
It’s a no bake recipe that only takes a few minutes on the stove to make. I try to avoid turning up on my oven because it heats up my entire apartment being the gas inferno it is.
Plus you only need 3 ingredients – butter, marshmallows, and cereal. Make them now and have them ready to eat tonight!
Ingredients For Rice Krispie Treats
As I mentioned earlier, you only need 3 ingredients to make half batch rice krispie treats:
- Butter: Butter both adds flavor and helps bind together the cereal treats.
- Marshmallows: Because you’re melting marshmallows, size doesn’t matter so use regular/large or mini, just as long as it equals 5 ounces.
- Rice cereal: Can’t have rice krispie treats without the rice krispies! You can also swap in your favorite cereal like with these Fruity Pebbles Bars.
How To Make Small Batch Rice Krispie Treats
Making this rice crispy treats recipe with large marshmallows is very easy! Here’s how you do it:
- Melt butter in a large pot. Even though this recipe makes a small batch, I like to use a Dutch oven (affiliate link) so I have plenty of room to stir.
- Add marshmallows. Keep stirring until melted and don’t let them burn.
- Stir in the cereal until everything is coated.
- Transfer to the loaf pan and pat down into a single layer. Let cool until firm then serve.
How To Keep Rice Krispie Treats From Getting Hard
Nothing is as disappointing as making half batch rice krispie treats from scratch, only for them to set up rock hard.
The biggest reason your rice crispy treats got hard is because you overcooked the marshmallows over high heat.
Using low and slow heat, remove your pan from the heat as soon as the marshmallows just melted.
Sometimes I’ll even remove it when it’s 90% melted then by the time you stir in your cereal, they’re fully melted.
Like most candy the longer you cook the sugar, the harder the marshmallows get. Overcooked marshmallows = hard rice krispie treats!
And this should go without saying, but make sure you’re using fresh marshmallows. Old, stale marshmallows will also result in hard rice crispy treats.
How long do rice crispy treats last?
When stored in an airtight container at room temperature, small batch rice krispie treats can last up to 3 days.
How To Keep Rice Krispie Treats From Sticking To Your Hands
There’s no doubt homemade rice krispie treats are sticky (and hot!) from the marshmallows.
Of course you can grease your hands with some butter, but 1 – I find that messy and 2 – the cereal is still really hot to handle.
The best way to keep small batch rice krispie treats from sticking to your hands is patting them down with a piece of greased parchment paper.
Not only will it not stick, you won’t burn your hands. Win win.
More Rice Krispie Treat Recipes
The following homemade rice krispie treats were made in a regular pan. However, you can easily cut the recipes in half:
- 1 tablespoon butter (add 1/8 teaspoon salt if unsalted)
- 5 ounces marshmallows (roughly 3 cups mini marshmallows or 4 cups regular marshmallows)
- 3 cups crispy rice cereal
- Line a 9x5 loaf with parchment paper.
- In a Dutch oven or large pot over low heat, melt the butter (add the salt if using).
- Once melted, add the marshmallows and stir with a wooden spoon until 90% melted*. Don't overcook or you'll end up with hard treats.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the cereal until everything is coated.
- Transfer to the loaf pan and pat into a single layer using a greased piece of parchment paper. Cool completely before cutting into squares, about 1 hour.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- *It's very important you melt the marshmallows on low heat and pull them when they're almost fully melted. The longer you cook the sugar, the harder the marshmallows get. Overcooked marshmallows = hard treats!
- If your treats do get a bit hard, you can microwave them before eating.
- Enjoyed this recipe? Check out Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats and Caramel Rice Krispie Treats.