“We should make these 1,000 times.” — David, recipe tester, age 5
GREASE: Spray inside bottom and sides of 8-inch square metal baking pan well with vegetable oil spray. Spray rubber spatula with vegetable oil spray.
MELT: In large bowl, combine marshmallows, butter, vanilla, and salt. Heat in microwave until marshmallows are puffed, about 2 minutes. Use greased rubber spatula to stir until smooth.
MIX: Add cereal, chocolate chips, and cracker pieces to bowl. Stir until well combined. Scrape cereal mixture into greased baking pan.
Peanut Butter–Pretzel Rice Cereal Treats
In step 2, add 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter to bowl with marshmallows before microwaving. In step 3, break 1 cup pretzel sticks into small pieces and add to bowl. Leave out chocolate chips and graham crackers.
Nutella Rice Cereal Treats
In step 2, add ¼ cup Nutella to bowl with marshmallows and butter. Leave out chocolate chips and graham crackers.