Brown Butter Rice Krispie treats take your basic rice krispie bar and elevates it to the next level. Browning the butter gives these treats a subtle nutty flavor, and a little bit of salt and vanilla make these treats extra special. After trying these brown butter rice krispie treats, you won’t want to make them any other way!
Ok, so chances are, you’ve made rice krispie treats in the past. They’re not hard to make, and they’re always a fan favorite. But I’m telling you, once you try this version, you’ll never go back to basic rice krispie treats again.
One of the best things about rice krispie treats (IMHO) is that there are so many ways to customize them. Add some sprinkles to make them festive. Throw in some graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate to make S'mores Rice Krispie Treats. Or even try these adorable Mikey Mouse Rice Krispie Treats, which will have your kids swooning for days!
And of course, one of my favorite variations on the classic is the Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treat. Brown butter rice krispie treats are soooo much better than the recipe on the back of the rice krispie box. There’s just something extra special about browning the butter that raises the bar on these crispy rice bars. I’m OBSSESSED with these babies.
And I think you soon will be too.
What Makes These Rice Krispie Treats So Special?
- These treats are based on the classic recipe that we all know and love. Ooey gooey marshmallows, buttery goodness, and crispy rice cereal.
- The flavor of these crispy treats is elevated by browning the butter, giving these treats a sophisticated nutty flavor.
- The addition of salt only enhances the flavor of the browned butter, and the vanilla gives it a touch of extra sweetness.
- As with most rice krispie treats, these are super easy to make and only require about 15 minutes, start to finish.
- They’re so good! We can’t get enough of these delicious brown butter rice krispie treats!
Another great thing about this recipe is that you don’t need too many ingredients to make it. In fact, you probably have most of them already!
- Butter. A staple in most rice krispie treats. The butter helps provide a delicious flavor to these treats, especially when you brown it.
- Marshmallows. To give them that ooey-gooey texture.
- Rice cereal. I recommend using real rice krispie cereal, not rice puffs. The texture will be off if you use puffs.
- Vanilla. Adding this after the butter has been browned takes this recipe over the top.
- Salt. This just enhances the flavors of everything else.
How To Make These Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats
Wanna know the secret to a great rice krispie treat? The perfect ratio of marshmallow and butter to cereal. Too much cereal and you’ll end up with dry, crumbly rice krispies. Too much butter or marshmallows and your treats will be too moist and will fall apart easily. I like to slowly add the rice krispies to the marshmallow mixture until I get just the right texture I’m looking for. You can always add more cereal if you need to.
So that’s the key to making your best standard rice krispie treat. But if you want to make them extra special, follow these steps for brown butter rice krispies treats.
Brown the butter.
In a large saucepan, brown the butter. This is an easy thing to do, but it’s also easy to mess up. When you brown butter, you are melting the butter, allowing the water to cook away until the milk solids are left and begin to brown within the butter. It adds an amazing subtle nutty flavor to these rice krispie treats. After you’ve tried these, you’ll never want to make rice krispies another way again!
Heat a large pot over medium heat and add your butter. Allow the butter to melt, and then stand by as the butter begins to foam. If this doesn’t happen within a few minutes of melting, turn your heat up slightly.
Watch the butter closely. The foamy mixture should start to dissipate and turn into a light golden brown color, with browned bits at the bottom (those are the toasted milk solids). Stir the butter constantly at this point and remove it from heat when you start seeing the browned bits and the mixture begins to smell nutty.
Add The Vanilla, Salt And Marshmallows
After the butter has been browned, add the vanilla and salt, and then the marshmallows. Stir everything together until the marshmallows have melted, and the mixture has turned a pale brown color.
Add In The Rice Krispie Cereal
Slowly add in your rice krispies. I used about 10 ounces of rice krispies (not quite a full 12-ounce box), but as I said above, don’t add them all at once. Mix them slowly, and add more if you need to, depending on the texture you want. Don’t add too many or the rice krispie treats will be too dry and crumbly.
Add Your Mixture To Your Pan
Once everything is well-combined, spoon the mixture into a well-buttered pan. (Seriously - make sure the bottom and sides of the pan or glass dish are well coated so that these don’t stick to the sides.)
Press the mixture gently into the pan until it is evenly spread into the pan. I like to use a buttered spatula to do this, but you can also use a sheet of wax paper to lightly press the rice krispies into the pan. Just be sure to not press them too hard or they’ll be compacted and dense instead of light and airy.
Cut The Rice Krispie Treats Into Squares Or Bars
Allow the rice krispie treats to cool for about 5-10 minutes, then cut the treats into squares or bars and serve. (Or, keep them all to yourself. They are easy to devour!)
How To Store Them
You can store these brown butter rice krispie treats in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
If you make these delicious brown butter rice krispie treats, let me know what you think of them in the comments, and be sure to tag me on Instagram with a photo @frontrangefed so I can see your masterpiece!
More Delicious Desserts Recipes!
- S’Mores Rice Krispie Treats
- No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars (With Bananas And Chocolate Chips)
- Homemade Soft Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
- Soft Sugar Cookies
Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- 10 oz unsalted butter
- 2 10 ½ oz bag of mini marshmallows
- 10 oz rice krispie cereal
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- Prepare your pan. Butter a rectangular glass or metal cake pan well, ensuring the entire surface and sides are covered.
- In a large pot, over medium heat, brown your butter. This should take roughly 5 minutes - once the butter has melted, it will start to foam, and then turn clear, turning quickly to brown. Keep a close eye on the butter as it browns, stirring often. You’ll know it’s done when you it starts to smell slightly nutty.
- Add ¼ teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the butter mixture and stir well. Add the marshmallows and turn the heat to very low. Stir the marshmallows and the butter mixture consistently until the marshmallows have fully melted and the entire mixture is a pale brown color.
- Add the rice krispe treats to a Remove the pan from heat and add the rice krispie cereal. Stir with a rubber spatula until the cereal and marshmallow mixture is evenly mixed.
- Spoon the mixture into your prepared pan and press it gently with a buttered spatula into the pan. Be sure not to pres too hard - you don’t want the mixture compacted too much, rather, you want these rice krispe treats to be light and airy.
- Allow the treats to cool for 5-10 minutes, then cut with a sharp knife into squares and serve.