You know you love to sneak a little dessert before dinner at a cookout. Don’t even try to deny it! Cause I’m right there with you. I can’t help sneaking a sweet treat after glomming a salty snack, as you wait for your cheeseburger to come off the grill. So before I even dive into the main meal in this week of Fourth of July eats, I’m sharing the easiest dessert by showing you how to make Rice Krispies treats.
Rice Krispies treats are without a doubt the easiest dessert you can ever make. To make them, you only need a whopping three ingredients.
- Rice Krispies (6 cups)
- Butter (3 tablespoons)
- Marshmallows (1 16 oz. bag)
Like I said, easy. But be honest with me. Rice Krispies treats are good and all, but what really makes them yummy is all the added toppings. For these Rice Krispies treats, I added a lot of red, white, and blue sprinkles (jimmies?) right after I pressed the Rice Krispies mixture into the pan. But you could add all kinds of toppings that you want. Here are a few Rice Krispies treats toppings to get your creative juices flowing.
- Chocolate Chips
- Chocolate Drizzle
- Reeses’ Pieces
- Peanut Butter chips
- White chocolate chips
- Crushed Oreos
- Crushed Reese’s Cups
- Chocolate covered pretzels
- Chocolate covered peanuts
- S’mores (chocolate chunks, graham cracker crumbles, mini marshmallows)
This list could go on and on, but you get the picture.
Need more dessert ideas?
While Rice Krispies Treats are easy to make for your Fourth of July party, a tray of these bad boys is likely to get gobbled up fast. So you’ll need a few more sweet options to add to the table. Here are some of my favorites.
- Key Lime Pie
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Lemon Cake with Vanilla Frosting
- Apple Pear Crisp (but this is truly a dessert thing…you don’t want the vanilla ice cream to melt sitting out!)
Rice Krispies Treats
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 16 oz. package marshmallows regular or miniature sized
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Grease a 9×13" casserole dish with some extra butter.
- In a large stockpot, melt the 3 tbsp of butter.
- Add in the marshmallows. Continue to stir until the marshmallows are completely melted with the butter and create a fluff consistency—about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Pour in all six cups of the Rice Krispies cereal. Stir to combine.
- Dump the Rice Krispies mixture into the casserole dish. Press it down with the pack of a sturdy spoon or spatula. Sometimes it's even easier to press them down with clean hands.
- Sprinkle on any toppings you may desire—sprinkles, candy, you name it.