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Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats fan? Then you have to try our Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats! It has all the flavors and texture you love in that OG treat, but with specs of brown bits that comes browning butter, bringing very unique and incredibly delicious nutty toasted flavors.

After having these gourmet brown butter Rice Krispie treats, I don’t think I’ll ever look at the regular Rice Krispie the same way ever again. These are SO MUCH tastier!

Square pieces of brown butter rice krispie treats

Why Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

We are Rice Krispie Treats aficionados in this house! We L-O-V-E them. While we like all the Rice Krispies treats we have made (check out Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats and Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats), and then we made our latest rice krispie treats with brown butter and now we are OBSESSED!

Brown butter Rice Krispie treats have a bolder taste, and that I love that deeper, caramelized and nutty flavor that makes it over-the-top delicious.

When you brown butter, you’ll be cooking out the moisture in the butter, and the solids in the butter will caramelized, creating a complex, toasty and nutty flavor.

When this happens, brown bits will form in the butter. This is why brown butter Rice Krispie treats will have those distinct brown specs, which is where all that incredible flavors come from!

Brown butter tastes completely different from regular melted or softened butter, and is brings about that unique taste and aroma in these Rice Krispie treats. We will have step-by-step guide below to show you how to perfectly brown butter! P/s: it’s much easier than you think!

So, for your next Rice Krispie treats adventure, try this brown butter twist! I personally think brown butter makes SUCH a difference and makes the most incredible gourmet Rice Krispie treats. I am in love with that gorgeous flavors brought by the browned butter, and I think you will too!


Our brown butter Rice Krispie treats use just FOUR simple ingredients:

Square pieces of rice krispie treats with mini marshmallows scattered around it
  • Rice Krispie cereal – typically referred to the famous Kellogg Company cereal that is made of crisped rice. You can use the name brand or store-brand.
  • unsalted butter – use real butter, not margarine or olive oil spread…real butter all the way! I prefer to use unsalted to make sure there’s no additional salt in there. If I want that extra pinch of salt, I’ll add it myself (so that I can control the amount in there)
  • mini marshmallows – It does take a few minutes to melt the marshmallows, using the mini ones just makes the process faster
  • vanilla extract– to add just a touch of vanilla flavor. Pure vanilla extract always tastes best.
  • salt – this will open up and really add to the depth of the flavors of these brown butter Rice Krispie treats.

Let’s make it!

The uniqueness of brown butter rice krispie treats is (obviously) the brown butter part.

Browning butter correctly will yield the most beautiful nutty caramelized flavor, so let’s start by talking about how to brown butter the right way.

How to brown butter

I always like to use a clear or stainless steel skillet to brown butter so that it’s easy to see when the brown bits form. Dark surfaces will make this harder.

You can also brown the butter directly in the pot that you will be making the brown butter Rice Krispies treats. However, if your pot is dark in color, I highly suggest browning the butter in a clear or stainless steel skillet first and then transferring to the pot. Doing this will also prevent the brown butter from burning because it will no longer be in the hot skillet after it is browned.

To brown butter, first, slice up the butter and add to the skillet. Use medium low heat so as to not burn the butter. It needs to be watched carefully.

The butter will melt and then bubble…swirl the pot occasionally so butter will melt completely.

Next, a layer of white foam will appear on the surface of the butter, then white foam will slowly reduce. Brown bits will form and will become darker in color. Lower heat at any point skillet becomes too hot.

At this point a toasted, nutty aroma should appear. Once the nutty aroma is very pronounced (and preferably before the brown bits are burned), switch off the heat and transfer browned butter into a large pot (where you will be mixing the rice Krispies ingredients together) so that it doesn’t continue to cook and burn.

step-by-step shots of browning pieces of cold butter

Avoid overcooking and burning the butter. Note that brown butter is done once that the nutty aroma is fully developed. To check for doneness, you will want to go by the aroma more than the color of the butter.

Making the rice krispie treats

Now that we got the brown butter part down, let’s put these brown butter Rice Krispie treats together!

Pour brown butter into a large pot (one that will eventually hold all the rice Krispies) then add mini marshmallows to it. Turn on the heat to medium/medium low. Stir marshmallows for a few minutes until it is completely melted.

At the same time, add a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt to really give it an extra depth of flavor.

Melting marshmallow in brown butter

Add Rice Krispie cereal to the melted marshmallow mixture. Fold to combine marshmallows with Rice Krispie.

This has to be done quickly, because if it sits out for a while, it will harden and it will be hard to form the Rice Krispie treats.

Melted brown butter marshmallows in a pot, then adding rice krispie to it

Pour that sticky Rice Krispie mixture onto lined 9×9 baking pan, then gently flatten it. Don’t press too hard as it will be hard to cut into if it is too packed.

You can use a spatula to flatten the brown butter Rice Krispie treats, and it helps to coat spatula with a few drops of oil or water so that Rice Krispie doesn’t stick to it.

brown butter rice krispie treats in a square pan

Let Rice Krispie set and cool for 5-10 minutes, then use a knife to slice it into smaller squares.

Then serve and enjoy the gloriousness that is brown butter Rice Krispie treats!

It truly is the superior Rice Krispie treat. Mark my words…you won’t look at the regular ones the same way after this!

Square pieces of rice krispie treats spread out on a parchment paper

Tips and Tricks

  • Be patient when browning butter: Browning butter needs your utmost attention because it’s easy to burn it. Keep stirring it and don’t leave it unattended. The process takes a bit of time, but the nutty flavor it brings to your rice Krispie treats is well worth it! To avoid burning butter, consider browning butter in a different skillet and then transferring it into a large pot to be combined with the other items (so that brown butter won’t continue cooking).
  • Handling the melted marshmallows: Melted marshmallow will harden again once it cools, so make sure to quickly fold in Rice Krispie cereal and get it into the pan to mold into the shape you want while the marshmallows are still warm and moldable.
  • Different size pans: If you like thinner brown butter rice Krispie treats, use a larger pan (such as a 9′ x 13′ dish) instead of a 9′ x 9′ dish to form your rice Krispies.
  • Use greased spatula: use this to press down on gooey Rice Krispies to prevent sticking.
  • Don’t overpack rice Krispies: When adding sticky rice Krispies into the pan to shape it, don’t press on it too hard or it will be hard to cut into.

Storage Instructions

Store your treats in an airtight container at room temperature. They should remain fresh for up to one week. Avoid storing them in the refrigerator as that may make them hard.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prevent my butter from burning?

When browning butter, keep stirring and do not leave it unattended. Once a nutty, toasted aroma form, remove brown butter from heat immediately. Brown butter in a separate skillet so you can transfer it out of the hot skillet to a pot that has not been heated (to melt marshmallows with brown butter). This way the butter will not continue to cook and subsequently burn.

What can I add for more flavor?

For an extra touch, consider adding chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips, but make sure the mixture has cooled slightly to prevent them from melting. Also, check out these Rice Krispies with varying flavors: Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats, Hot Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats, Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats,

Any suggestions on cutting perfect squares?

Firstly, let the treats cool completely. Use a sharp knife and clean it after each cut. Also, you can use a pre-measured grid or lines on parchment paper as a guide.

Rice krispies squares on parchment paper

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A square piece of rice krispie treats with brown specs

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These treats take the original Rice Krispies a notch higher by incorporating the nutty flavor of browned butter into the combination of gooey marshmallows and crunchy rice Krispie cereal. A fun and easy snack and dessert!
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Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 239kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 8 tbsp
  • 10 oz mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper.
  • Start by browning the butter using a clear/stainless steel skillet (one that you can see the bottom). Cut the stick of butter into small, equal portions.
  • Place pats of butter in the bottom of the skillet. Turn cook top on to medium heat.
  • Once the butter melts, foam will form on top. Keep cooking the butter. As it cooks, brown bits will begin to appear.
  • As soon as you smell a toasted, nutty scent, remove from heat immediately.
  • Pour brown butter into a large pot, add the marshmallows and quickly stir them into the browned butter. Switch the heat to medium low.
  • Add vanilla and salt, and stir until all of the marshmallows are completely melted. Remove from heat promptly.
  • Fold in the Rice Krispie cereal.
  • Pour into prepared pan. Use a spatula to gentle flatten it, but don't press too hard and overpack it. Let cool/set.
  • Slice into smaller squares. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1142IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. Laura Johnson says:

    5 stars
    Wow! Browning the butter made a big difference! They were amazing and didn’t last long at my house! 🙂

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you!! It sure does. Brown butter is the BEST.

  2. 5 stars
    This was a great recipe! The browned butter added a unique flavor and made it feel fancy but all the tips helped a lot and it was very easy to follow

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks Cara! So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe.