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Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

brown butter rice krispie treats on parchment paper

Gooey to the max! These Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats are absolutely loaded with marshmallows. It doesn’t get any better than this.

close up of brown butter rice krispie treats on parchment paper

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats | A Simple Twist

Today I’m sharing with you a simple twist on a classic recipe! I do a couple of things to take Rice Krispie Treats to the next level but the main difference is browned butter. Browning butter creates a toasty nutty flavor and is so easy to do! Then to finish it all of I toast some marshmallows on top of the entire pan of rice krispie treats, so good!

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Main Ingredients Needed

You only need 4 simple ingredients to make these absolutely addicting Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter – this is going to be browned, which gives the whole recipe a slightly nutty/toasty taste. So good!
  • Marshmallows – you can use any size of marshmallows here but I suggest using mini marshmallows for easier and faster melting.
  • Rice Krispie Cereal – crunchy and puffy!
  • Salt – this helps balance out all of the sweet going on.

Variations

The recipe I am sharing with you today is a basic outline of how I like to make Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats, but feel free to change and customize this recipe to your hearts desires! Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • Mix Ins: consider mixing in mini chocolate chips or be a little more adventurous and try adding in bacon bits!
  • Using Different Cereal: this can be anything from the chocolate version of rice Krispie treats to cheerios. You could even use potato chips or crackers for a salty-sweet concoction.
  • Toppings: you know I am all about a salted caramel drizzle (which would be perfect on these bars) or you could even top it these with something like flavored icing!
mixing brown butter rice krispie treat mixture in a pan

Tips + Tricks for the Best Rice Krispie Treats Out There!

  • Use Fresh Marshmallows – skip the stale bag of marhsmallows in your pantry and instead use fresh marshmallows. Trust me, fresh is best!
  • Loosely Pack ever wonder why your rice krispie treats are so hard do bite into? The problem is that you probably packed the warm mixture too firmly in the pan. To avoid this, try your best to loosely and gently pack the mixture down.
  • Avoid Stickiness – and to avoid sticky fingers and/or utensils, give whatever tools you are using a quick spray down with nonstick cooking spray!

How to Make Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

For full details on how to make Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats, see the recipe card down below.

  1. Grease a glass pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large saucepan, brown your butter.
  2. Turn the heat to low, and mix in marshmallows. Melt.
  3. Pour in Rice Krispies and mix until melted marshmallows are incorporated.
  4. Turn off heat and pour in more marshmallows. Melt slightly, but not all the way. We want some of these chunks of marshmallows shining through!
  5. Pour mixture into greased pan, and spread out, taking care not to press the Rice Krispies down too much.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining marshmallows over the pan and broil on low, rotating the pan if needed.
  7. Sprinkle with finishing salt and cool slightly before cutting.
brown butter rice krispie treats stacked on top of each other

How to Brown Butter

Browning Butter is simply a process in which you toast the milk solids found in regular butter.

So, to brown butter, start by melting it in a pot. It will eventually start to foam (don’t worry that’s what it’s supposed to do). Swirl the pan as it foams and after a minute or two, you’ll notice little brown flecks in the butter that have started to smell nutty. You are going to want the butter to become a medium brown color before adding in the marshmallows. Voila! Browned Butter!

close up of brown butter rice krispie treats stacked on top of each other

More Bar Recipes to Try!

And that’s it! Seriously you need to try these Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats soon 🙂

The printable recipe card is below, enjoy!

brown butter rice krispie treats on parchment paper

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Gooey to the max! These Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats are absolutely loaded with marshmallows. It doesn't get any better than this.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 bars
Calories 134 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 9 cups mini marshmallows divided
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • salt for sprinkling

Instructions
 

  • Grease 9×13 pan. In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown your butter.
  • Turn the heat to low, and mix in 6 cups of marshmallows. Melt.
  • Pour in Rice Krispies and mix until melted marshmallows are incorporated.
  • Turn off heat and pour in 2 cups of marshmallows. Melt slightly, but not all the way. We want some of these chunks of marshmallows shining through!
  • Pour mixture into greased pan, and spread out, taking care not to press the Rice Krispies down too much.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows over the pan and broil on low, rotating the pan if needed.
  • Sprinkle with finishing salt and cool slightly before cutting.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 102mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 709IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 3mg
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