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Browned Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These are the BEST Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats! They are perfectly sweetened, soft, and loaded with pockets of gooey marshmallows in every bite. The browned butter adds a delicious warm caramel-like flavor that takes these treats to the next level. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best rice krispie treats recipe, brown butter rice krispie treats, rice krispie treats
Servings: 24 treats


  • 10.5 ounce bag mini marshmallows plus 2 cups
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3/4 teaspooon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies or crispy rice cereal


  • Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil or parchment paper and grease with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Bring a large pot or stock pot to medium-low heat and add butter and melt.
  • Reduce the heat to low and stir continuously or swirl around as the butter will go from light yellow, to a golden medium brown (this will go quickly once melted). It will take about 6-8 minutes for the butter to brown.
  • The butter will foam and you will start to smell a nuttiness aroma. Little bites of golden brown specks will appear on the bottom of the pan and you will have brown butter.
  • Add the marshmallows and stir until melted, then add vanilla extract.
  • Remove the pot from heat and stir in the rice krispie cereal until the marshmallow mixture completely coats the cereal.
  • Stir in the remaining 2 cups of marshmallows until evenly distributed.
  • Add the mixture to the prepared 13x9 inch pan and gently press the mixture into the pan. Make sure you don't press too hard otherwise your treats will be too dense and hard.
  • Let rest for 30-60minutes and slice into squares. Enjoy!


Recipe Notes:
  • Leftovers (To-store on counter): place leftovers in an airtight container or cover a plate tightly with plastic wrap. They will store for up to 4-5 days without tasting stale. You can also store in a large ziplock bag.
  • Leftovers (To-store in fridge): these treats will last a bit longer if you store them in the refrigerator. They will store well for up to 1 week. Be sure to let sit out for at least 30 minutes because they will become hard.
  • Make these treats for a birthday or celebration by adding rainbow sprinkles to the top and folding them in the cereal.
  • I used a 13x9 inch pan that yields 20-24 treats. If you want larger and thicker-sized treats, use an 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan instead.
  • Alternative cereal you can use are chocolate rice krispie cereal, Fruity Pebbles, Golden Grahams, Cheerios, or Chex cereal.
  • Top these treats with store-bought or homemade frosting to make these even sweeter.
  • Add in M&Ms, crushed Oreos, chopped nuts, pretzels, chocolate chips, or any other of your favorites for added crunch, texture, and flavor.