The unique flavor in these Brown butter rice krispie treats is irresistible. The salted brown butter blends with the gooey marshmallows for a delicious dessert.

Brown butter rice krispie treats cut into squares.
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Brown butter rice krispie treats

Brown butter rice krispies make a great dessert. It is a delicious twist on the traditional recipe. You only need 3 ingredients for this simple recipe but the results are outstanding.

Each bite is ooey gooey and just so yummy. The salted butter really makes a huge difference and gives it a unique flavor. I think you will love it.

It is such an easy recipe. The salted brown butter is so yummy and smells nutty and aromatic while it simmers. You can also enjoy all the flavor of rice krispies in Avalanche Cookies.

Ingredients for recipe: marshmallows, butter, rice krispie cereal.

Ingredients:

  • Salted Butter
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Rice Krispies Cereal

How to make brown butter rice krispie treats:

  • First, you need an 8 inch baking pan. Spray with cooking spray and set aside. If you prefer thinner bars, you can use a 9×13 pan.
  • Next, put the butter in a small sauce pan and melt the butter over medium heat. Stir occasionally until completely melted using a heat resistant spoon. Don’t walk away because you need to watch the butter closely.
Melted butter in pan.
  • The butter will turn to a foam, then a caramel color and then the butter with turn a dark golden brown color. You need to watch this closely so it does not burn and swirl the pan. The butter will smell nutty as it simmers.
  • Then, reduce the heat to low and stir in the marshmallows. You can transer the mixture to a large pot for more room.

    Continue to heat on low heat stirring until the marshmallows are completely melted. The mixture should be smooth once melted.
Marshmallows in melted butter.
  • Make sure to stir constantly while the marshmallows are melting so it does not burn.
Cereal mixture in bowl.
  • Next, put the rice krispie cereal in a large bowl. Then pour the marshmallow mixture all over the rice krispies and stir it together until well combined. Don’t overmix.
Brown butter rice krispie treats mixture in baking dish.
  • Finally, pour the mixture into the prepared pan you sprayed with cooking spray. I like to spray a piece of parchment paper or wax paper with cooking spray and use that paper to press the mixture down.

    This will make it much less messy and easier to press down. Allow to set and then cut into squares.

Tips for cutting:

  • Don’t rush cutting these into bars. It is really important that the mixture sets before cutting or they will not hold its shape.
  • I like to take the entire block of rice krispie treats out of the pan and place on a cutting board.
  • Then spray a knife with cooking spray to easily cut each bar. If you are using cooking cutters to make shapes, spray the cookie cutters too.
  • You may need to wipe off the knife if excess cereal mixture gets on it and spray more cooking spray. This will ensure nice clean cuts and bars that are cut perfectly.
Brown butter rice krispie treats cut into squares.

How to store rice krispie treats

Place the rice krispie treats inside an airtight container and store at room temperature. I don’t recommend refrigerating them.

As long as they are stored in an airtight container, they will keep several days and remain soft.

Can you freeze?

You can freeze the bars but they will not be as soft. The texture will change but they will still be tasty.

Make sure to use a freezer container and place the layers of bars between wax paper. This will help to prevent them from sticking.

They will keep up to 3 months in the freezer if stored properly. When ready to eat, thaw for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Variations:

  • Chocolate Chips. You can add 1 cup of chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips to the cereal mixture.
  • Caramel. Add 1 cup caramel baking chips to the mixture. This combination is delicious with the browned butter.
  • Marshmallow Fluff. You can also use Homemade Marshmallow Fluff.
Brown butter rice krispie treats cut into squares.

What causes rice crispy treats to get hard?

This can happen for a number of reasons but these are the most common culprits:

  • If you refrigerate the rice krispie treats, they can harden and lose their ooey gooey texture.
  • Another cause can be using high heat to melt the butter and marshmallows. Low heat will take longer but the results are soft and gooey rice krispy treats.
  • Using stale or old marshmallows can result in hard rice krispie treats.
  • Rice krispie treats can harden over time. They are best eaten within a few days. After 4 days or so, they start to harden.
Brown butter rice krispie treats cut into squares.

Why are my Rice Krispie treats not crispy?

Rice krispie treats that are not crispy can be caused by too much butter, pressing the mixture too firmly into the pan or using stale marshmallows. Any of these factors can result in rice krispie treats that are soggy.

It is a very simple recipe but it is very important to follow the instructions carefully.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you don’t have any parchment paper or wax paper, you can line the pan with aluminum foil. Make sure to spray it with cooking spray before you add the cereal mixture.
  • I like to use a wooden spoon sprayed with cooking spray to mix the cereal mixture together. The sturdiness of the spoon will help to mix the thick mixture. Plus, spraying it with cooking spray will help reduce the stickiness.
  • Make sure that you do not press the mixture hard into the baking dish. Pressing too hard will make the rice krispie treats have a hard texture as it compacts them into the pan.
  • Don’t let the butter burn. It sounds tricky but it is not hard at all. You just need to watch the butter carefully as it cooks and turns a golden brown color.
  • Spray your hands or a sheet of wax paper to help press the mixture into the pan without much mess.
Brown butter rice krispie treats cut into squares.

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Brown Butter Rice Krispies

5 from 3 votes
The flavor in Brown butter rice krispie treats is irresistible. The salted brown butter blends with the marshmallows for a great recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 179

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp Salted Butter
  • 10 oz Mini Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

Instructions

  • Spray an 8 inch baking pan with a non stick cooking spray.
  • Then place the butter in a small sauce pan. Heat the butter over medium heat. Heat the butter, stirring occasionally with a heat resistant spoon. Watch closely, the butter will turn to a foam, then a caramel color and then the butter with turn a dark brown color. Make sure that the butter does not burn.
  • Reduce the heat to low, then stir in the marshmallows . Heat on low until the marshmallows are fully melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir constantly while the marshmallows are melting.
  • Then place the rice krispie cereal in a large bowl. Then pour the marshmallow mixture over the rice krispies. Stir together to make sure that the cereal is covered.
  • Then pour the mixture into an 8 inch baking pan. Spray a piece of parchment paper with a non-stick cooking spray and use that parchment paper to press the mixture

Nutrition Facts

Calories 179kcal, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 1g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 143mg, Potassium 20mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 15g, Vitamin A 1106IU, Vitamin C 9mg, Calcium 3mg, Iron 4mg

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