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Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Brown butter Rice Krispie treats are the simply elevated version of the absolutely classic treat. This one little change makes this dessert even better than it was before and all you have to do is spend a little extra time at the stove. You’ll never go back to your original recipe after this! 

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brown butter rice krispie treats

What are brown butter Rice Krispie treats?

Brown butter Rice Krispie treats are the exact same cereal treat that we all know and love but made with brown butter for an ever deeper flavour that made them ever better than before. The only thing we’re doing differently here is browning the butter during the process, everything else is exactly the same. They’re really just the better version of the classic recipe. You can use this version for any kind of variation that your heart desires! 

Ingredients 

  • butter 
  • marshmallows 
  • vanilla extract 
  • Rice Krispies cereal 

How to make brown butter Rice Krispie treats 

First the prep

The first part of the cereal treat making process is always some good prep. Start by generously greasing a 9”x13” pan with butter along with the silicone spatula you will be using to mix everything. Set those aside where you can have easy access to them. Then, measure out your marshmallows and cereal and keep those close by as well. Grab yourself a large saucepan and bring it to the stove, you’ll want to use one that’s at least a little bigger than you think you would need. This makes this mixing process extra easy and ensures nothing falls out of the sides while you mix. 

a stack of brown butter rice krispie treats

Browning the butter

Okay now let’s really rock and roll. Begin melting your butter over low heat in your saucepan. As the butter begins to melt, start to mix constantly. Allow the butter to cook and brown for about 3-5 minutes while mixing. The butter will begin to foam and eventually it will subside. At that point you will be able to see the milk solids that form at the bottom of the pan. When they become a darker golden brown colour and the butter becomes the same you now have some brown butter! It will also become highly fragrant. When browning butter it’s very easy to accidentally burn it so don’t leave the stove or let the butter get too dark. 

Making the cereal treats

Once your butter has browned you can add your marshmallows and continue the process as normal. Let those melt, add the vanilla, and mix them together with the butter until they have completely melted and combined. Then, remove your saucepan from the heat. Now you can add the cereal and mix until the marshmallow mixture has completely coated the cereal as evenly as possible. As soon as that’s done, transfer your brown butter Rice Krispie treats mixture to your greased pan and press down until the cereal has been evenly spread out. You can press down on a piece of wax paper on top of the mixture to help make it extra flat if you’d like. Let your treats cool and set completely for at least 30 minutes at room temperature. Finally you can cut them into squares and enjoy them as much as you’d like! 

How to store

You can store these brown butter Rice Krispie treats in an airtight bag or container at room temperature for up to 7 days. If you’d like to keep them longer you can most definitely freeze them. Just wrap them in some wax paper and store them in a freezer safe bag or container. They will keep well frozen for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to have some again, just take them out of the freezer and allow them to thaw to room temperature. 

an overhead of the final dessert in a pan cut into 12 squares

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Brown butter rice krispie treats are the simply elevated version of the absolutely classic treat. This one little change makes this dessert even better than it was before and all you have to do is spend a little extra time at the stove. You’ll never go back to your original recipe after this! 
Prep Time35 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter, brown butter rice krispie treats, cereal treats, rice krispie treats, rice krispies
Servings: 12 large bars

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 15 oz marshmallows
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Instructions

  • Generously grease a 9”x13” pan.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
  • Mix constantly as the butter begins to melt. Allow the butter to cook for a few minutes until the foam subsides and you can see the milk solids at the bottom become a darker brown. The mixture will be highly fragrant, keep mixing the entire time. The whole mixture will be a golden brown on the darker side.
  • Add marshmallows and vanilla and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add Rice Krispies cereal and mix until evenly coated.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan and press in cereal until evenly distributed.
  • Let set completely and cut into squares. Enjoy!

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