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Rice Krispies Treats (With or Without Gelatin)

For best results, use fresh marshmallows. A 7 oz jar of marshmallow cream can be substituted for the marshmallows*. You should not use diet, reduced-calorie, or tub margarine.

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 10 oz package regular marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies

Instructions:

1. Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using a buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cut into 2-inch squares when cool. For best flavor, serve the same day.

Microwave Instructions:

In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat margarine and marshmallows on high for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above.

Microwave cooking times may vary.

Yield: 12 Servings

*This is the official recipe from Kellogg's, makers of Rice Krispies cereal. The official recipe for Marshmallow Fluff Treats, from Durkee-Mower, the maker of Marshmallow Fluff, says you should use 7-1/2 ounces of Fluff and only 5 cups of "crispy rice cereal." We'll let the big corporations fight this out between themselves, but clearly you have the choice of making your treats a little ricier or a little marshmallowier.

The use of Marshmallow Fluff in place of marshmallows allows you to avoid the gelatin found in marshmallows.

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