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Perfectly gooey, rich with cozy flavors of browned butter, and finished with a sprinkling of flaky sea salt, these brown butter rice krispie treats are positively gourmet and take just 10 minutes to make.

Two brown butter rice krispie treats stacked on top of each other.

Gourmet Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Incorporating brown butter is a simple way to elevate classic rice krispie treats to gourmet status. The brown butter flavor shines and really adds extra oomph to the final product, which is flavorful, satisfying, and simply impressive. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Gourmet taste with minimal effort. The hardest part is browning the butter, but even that is really simple. I have a separate post on how to brown butter if you’re especially nervous about this part.
  • No fancy equipment or ingredients needed.
  • Fast: only 5 minutes to prep and another 5 to cook. If you need a last-minute, impressive dessert, this is it!
  • A sprinkle of sea salt makes this a balanced salty sweet treat, similar to my peanut butter rice krispie treats!

From my cosmic cookies and brown sugar pop tarts to my ding dong cake, I think I’ve developed something of a thing for taking nostalgic childhood treats and turning them into gourmet desserts. Today’s recipe is my latest addition.

What You Need

Just 5 ingredients, and none of them should surprise you!

Overhead view of ingredients including rice krispies, marshmallows, butter, and more.
  • Butter. Just like when making my classic rice krispie treats, I like to splurge for European butter for this recipe too. It’s not a necessity, but it will make your treats taste even more gourmet. Note that unlike many of my recipes, I am using salted butter here.
  • Vanilla and salt. As if brown butter wasn’t already flavorful enough, a pinch of sea salt and a dash of vanilla enhance the flavor of our treats even more! Make sure you wait to add the salt til after the treats have cooled for a bit though.
  • Marshmallows. Stick with plain marshmallows. Mini or regular-sized marshmallows will work just as well, so use whichever you can find.
  • Rice Krispies cereal. The name brand is a classic choice, but really any crisped rice cereal should be fine!

SAM’S TIP: If you only have unsalted butter, you can use that and add an additional ¼ teaspoon of table salt when you add the vanilla and marshmallows.

Remember, this is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why. For the full recipe please scroll down to the bottom of the post!

How to Make Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Overhead view of brown butter in a saucepan.
  1. Brown the butter: cook the butter in a light-bottomed pan over medium-low heat until melted, then increase the heat to medium and stir. Do NOT walk away! The butter will start to bubble and pop, and once this slows down, you should see brown bits on the bottom of your pan. Now you have brown butter!
Overhead view of mini marshmallows melting into brown butter in a saucepan.
  1. Add the marshmallows: reduce the heat to low and stir in the vanilla and marshmallows. If you used unsalted butter, now would be the time to add your additional ¼ teaspoon of salt.

SAM’S TIP: Like when making my cookies and cream rice krispie treats, you want to keep the heat low here. Cranking up the heat during this step can cause your rice krispie treats to turn out hard instead of chewy.

Overhead view of a melted marshmallow and brown butter mixture in a saucepan.
  1. Keep stirring until the marshmallows melt. Be gentle and don’t crank up the heat!
Overhead view of rice krispies cereal being combined with melted marshmallow and brown butter.
  1. Add the cereal: take the pot off the heat and add the cereal. Stir until uniformly coated.
Overhead view of a rice krispies cereal mixture that's been gently pressed into a 9x13 glass pan.
  1. Press into your pan: gently spread the mixture into a greased baking dish (don’t be too firm with this or your rice krispie treats will be hard!) and let cool for a few minutes before adding your sea salt.
Overhead view of brown butter rice krispie treats that have been cut into squares.
  1. Cut and enjoy! Once cooled, cut into squares and serve. If you greased your pan, you should have no issue removing the treats to do this.

SAM’S TIP: A drizzle of dark chocolate on top would be a divine addition. I do this with my salted caramel rice krispie treats, and it really takes them over the top!

Close-up view of brown butter rice krispie treats arranged in neat rows.


Elevate the flavor

Using a European-style butter (like Kerrygold brand or any butter with a milk fat content 82% or higher) will give you a richer, more buttery flavor. For recipes like this one with so few ingredients, the quality of each one really counts!

Keep the heat low.

After browning your butter, turn down the heat and keep it low when melting the marshmallows. Sure, a high heat will melt them faster, but it will also make the marshmallows hard when they re-solidify, leaving you with brittle, too-hard treats that crumble.

Be gentle.

When spreading the brown butter rice krispie treats into the pan, use a gentle hand and don’t firmly pack them in. This can make them too dense, which makes them firm and tough to bite into.

Don’t refrigerate!

The fridge may be great at preserving most baked goods, but it also dries them out and, in the case of these browned butter rice krispie treats, makes them too hard and crisp (instead of soft and perfectly gooey). Store instead in an airtight container at room temperature for freshest results.

Close-up view of rice kripsie treats made with brown butter.

If you love cereal treats, try my Lucky Charms treats or puppy chow next!


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Two brown butter rice krispie treats stacked on top of each other.

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

You are going to love these brown butter rice krispie treats! They have a gourmet taste and take just 10 minutes to make.


Course: bars, Candy, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 16 servings

Calories: 134kcal

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  • Lightly grease a 13×9” (33x23cm) baking dish with butter and set aside.

  • Brown the butter: Place butter in a large pot and heat over medium-low heat until melted. Once melted, increase heat to medium (or just a notch above medium) and cook the butter, swirling and stirring as it begins to bubble and pop. Once the bubbling and popping slows down you will notice brown bits forming on the bottom of the pan – congratulations, your butter is browned!

    ½ cup (113 g) salted butter

  • Once butter is browned, turn heat to low and add marshmallows and vanilla extract, stirring gently until marshmallows are just melted.

    10 oz (283 g) marshmallows, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Remove pot from heat and cereal. Stir gently until cereal is evenly coated.

    6 cups (175 g) crisped rice cereal

  • Spread into prepared pan and cool 5-10 minutes before sprinkling with sea salt. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.

    Sea salt



If you can get your hands on European-style butter (such as Kerrygold brand, this is butter with a butterfat content higher than 82%) this will make the treats taste even gourmet.


Once cooled, cover tightly with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.


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