The beloved Rice Krispies recipe gets an easy upgrade for a nostalgic treat everyone will love!
Brown Butter Rice Krispies are made with a toffee-like brown butter base, for a nutty, rich flavor. Stir in extra mini marshmallows at the end for a fluffy and delightful surprise.
Sometimes the best things in life are simple and sweet.
Why KJ Loves
Brown Butter Rice Krispies
Oh. My. Goodness. These Brown Butter Rice Krispies are SO good! I usually don’t crave a rice krispie treat, but these are calling my name!!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Easy & quick
…like, super easy. Rice Krispie treats are already insanely simple. Browning the butter only adds a few extra minutes — but adds a lot of extra flavor.
Classic with a twist
Brown butter gives this classic treat extra richness and depth. Plus, stirring in extra mini marshmallows at the end gives this pillowy treat extra fluff!
Brown Butter Rice Krispie Ingredients
Salted or unsalted depending on your preference. I personally love salted!
Mini marshmallows (divided)
Rice Krispie cereal
Brown Butter Bliss
Brown butter is the secret ingredient that will take your Rice Krispie treats to the next level. But, don’t let the brown butter burn! Making browned butter is easy — you just need to keep a close eye on it. Here’s what to do:
- Using a stainless steel pot or Dutch oven, heat your butter over low-medium heat.
- Stir occasionally and watch for the bubbling to subside. That’s when the browning magic happens!
- Swirl the butter around until it turns a beautiful amber-brown color and smells like toffee. Watch carefully as it can quickly burn!
- Finish up the steps below for delicious, brown butter Rice Krispie treats!
How to Make Brown Butter Rice Krispies:
Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside. Save 2 cups of mini marshmallows.
Pro tip: Line the pan with parchment paper for easy removal.
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Watch and stir frequently until the butter turns light brown and smells nutty.
Best pot to use: You’ll get the best results with a light-colored stainless steel pot or Dutch oven.
Add mini marshmallows, vanilla, and salt. Stir until melted.
Remove from heat and add the Rice Krispies cereal. Mix in the remaining 2 cups of mini marshmallows.
Transfer the brown butter Rice Krispies to the prepared pan and press gently.
Let sit at room temperature for an hour before cutting and serving. Enjoy!
Wash the dishes. How sad.
Pro Tips & Tricks
The perfect pot
By using a light-colored stainless steel pot or Dutch oven, you’ll be able to monitor the butter browning more easily.
Want even easier removal from the 9×13 pan? Grease and line the pan with foil or parchment paper.
The perfect spoon
Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to stir and combine all the Rice Krispies together. I prefer the rubber spatula!
Make this a gluten-free brown butter Rice Krispies recipe by using gluten-free Rice Krispies.
Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treat Variations
Top the treats off with some classic sprinkles for a fun, colorful twist.
Storing Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats
Store the Rice Krispies in an airtight container for up to a couple of days. (If they last that long.)
Freezing Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats
Freeze the brown butter Rice Krispie treats in an airtight container. To keep the treats from sticking together, layer them between sheets of wax paper.
Before serving, let the treats sit at room temperature for about an hour.
Other Brown Butter Treats
- Brown Butter White Chocolate Chip Cookies are a heavenly spin on a classic recipe.
- Tart, fruity dessert is up-leveled: Introducing Brown Butter Apple Berry Crisp.
- Try this fun and delicious take on an M&M cookie with…you guessed it! Brown butter.
- You can’t get much better than good ‘ol Chocolate Chip Cookies with Brown Butter.
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