simple and soft Rice Krispie treat recipe
First, brown your butter in your pan or dutch oven. To do this, set stove to medium heat. Melt butter, stirring frequently, until butter is a dark gold/amber color. It should smell nutty and there might be little bits of brown in your butter—that's all good! This step adds lots of flavor but it is optional if you'd rather simply melt the butter.
Once the butter is browned (or just melted), add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Turn down heat to medium-low.
Add 10 ounces of mini marshmallows to the pot and stir with your butter/milk mixture until everything is melted and smooth.
Add your Rice Krispies and stir until thoroughly combined. If needed, you can also pour the melted marshmallow/butter mixture into a large mixing bowl containing the cereal if you do not have a dutch oven or pot large enough to hold and stir everything together.
Then, add the remaining 6 ounces of marshmallows—you want these to keep their shape to add some texture, so be sure the Rice Krispie mixture isn't so hot it will melt your marshmallows.
Carefully pour the Rice Krispie mixture into a buttered 9x13 dish. Take a piece of parchment paper and run it over the top of the dish to perfectly smooth out the Rice Krispies.
Wait at least an hour until Rice Krispie treats are thoroughly cooled, then cut into desired number of servings. If you want GIANT treats, I think 9 is perfect.