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Brown Butter Salted Rice Krispie Treats

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Brown Butter Salted Rice Krispie Treats are easy, delicious, and crowd pleasers. Ever since we found Smitten Kitchen’s recipe from a friend years ago, we haven’t been able to have these treats any other way.

The brown butter adds a deep nutty flavor and the salt adds some contrast to the sweet. My addition is some extra marshmallows to make them extra chewy, and some butterscotch or white chocolate chips that melt as you stir the mixture together and make these bars extra rich.

Look at that chewy goodness!

Brown Butter Salted Rice Krispie Treats

These Brown Butter Salted Rice Krispie Treats are chewy, crunchy, sweet, + salty. With gooey marshmallows + that deep brown butter flavor, you'll love them.
Author Adapted/Altered from Smitten Kitchen


  • ¾ c. butter (1.5 sticks)
  • c. Rice Krispies
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 20 oz. mini marshmallows (2 bags)


  • 1 c. butterscotch or white chocolate chips
  • sprinkles


  • Spray a 9×13" pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine Rice Krispies, salt (and add butterscotch chips here if using). Set aside.
  • Browning Butter: In a large heavy bottom pot, add butter. Over a medium heat stir butter with a spatula as it melts and then browns. It will take a couple minutes for it to brown – you'll see the little brown bits of milk solids form. That is normal! Just keep stirring until they are golden brown and it smells fragrant and nutty. Don't let it burn. Once butter has browned and smells nutty, remove from heat.
  • Add in marshmallows and stir until melted. (I reserve a handful of marshmallows to add in at the end, so there are some larger gooey pieces in there.)
  • Once marshmallows have melted, pour in cereal/salt/chip mixture. Stir well and quickly, until the Rice Krispies are evenly coated.
  • At this point add in the additional handful of marshmallows if you'd like, and a couple teaspoons of sprinkles (if you'd like). Mix gently to incorporate.
  • Spread into 9×13" pan, pressing mixture down to fit the shape of the pan. Allow to set and cool a bit – room temp is best – before cutting. Enjoy!

These Brown Butter Salted Rice Krispie Treats are easy to make festive using any color sprinkles you’d like. And they are the perfect treat to bring to a party or get-together. Easy to make and everyone loves them – kids and adults.

Click here to see my other dessert bars.

I hope you have a chance to make these! They’ve been our favorite for years. Be sure to let me know if you make this and tag me @plumstreetcollective on Instagram. 

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