Best EVER Rice Krispie Treats

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Best EVER Rice Krispie Treats

10 cups crispy rice cereal

1/2 cup (1 stick) real, salted butter

2 10-oz. bags miniature marshmallows, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla paste

1/4 teaspoon salt


Measure 10 cups of rice cereal and add to a large mixing bowl; set aside.


Line a 13x9 baking pan with aluminum foil then spray lightly with cooking spray; set aside.


Melt butter over low heat in a large pot. Once butter is melted, add all but 2 cups of marshmallows, vanilla and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until marshmallows are completely melted. Once mixture is smooth, add remaining 2 cups of marshmallows and stir to incorporate. Marshmallows will mostly melt but those little lumps that are left are going to add little pockets of marshmallow awesomeness to the treats. 


Immediately pour marshmallow mixture over rice cereal and gently stir until cereal is evenly coated.


Spread mixture into prepared pan. Using a spatula or the bottom of a second pan, press the mixture FIRMLY into the pan (do not skip this step - really pack everything down tightly or the treats may not stick together properly). Let treats cool to room temperature uncovered. Once set, remove from pan by lifting up on the aluminum foil then cut into 24-30 squares. Store in an air-tight container.