RECIPE: Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

by Jillian Leslie on

Holy cow! I made these salted brown butter Rice Krispie treats for our July 4th BBQ and they were so delicious!

If you love Rice Krispie treats but find them a little one-note and a little too sweet, this is definitely the recipe for you.

Mine had so much complexity. They were sweet, salty, gooey, crunchy and the best part... everyone LOVED them. This is going to be my new dessert to bring to every pot luck I'm invited to (be warned, invite me to a pot luck, you know what I'm bringing).

Take a look at how easy they are to make, and let's not forget how inexpensive...


  • 1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter, plus extra for the baking dish
  • 1 10 oz. bag marshmallows
  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt, plus extra for topping
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and set aside.

In a large pot, warm butter over medium low heat.  The butter will melt, then foam and bubble, then start to brown.  You will notice little brown bits forming at the bottom of the pan.  Stir frequently during this process and keep your attention on the pot.  The butter can go from wonderfully brown to burnt in just a few moments.  You will know the butter is done when it gives off a nutty aroma and turns a golden brown (check out this great resource for how to brown butter).

Turn off the heat and add the marshmallows, stirring until smooth.  Add half of the cereal and stir to incorporate.  Sprinkle in the flaky sea salt and remaining cereal and continue stirring until everything is fully mixed together.

Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.  Using a silicon spatula (or piece of parchment paper), press mixture into the dish in an even layer.  Sprinkle with additional flaky sea salt to taste.

Trust me, so worth trying these and it took about 15 minutes from start to finish. To jazz them up, next time I think I need to drizzle a little dark chocolate on top.

If you make some, email me and let me know what you think.

Recipe: Kitchen Konfidence.




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    Larri @ Seams Inspired wrote:

    Rice Krispie Treats are a staple around my house. LOL We make them almost every week. These look so scrumptious! I will definitely try this recipe. PS...Browned Butter is one of 4 ingredients needed to make Greek Spaghetti...another staple in our home. ?

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    Melody wrote:

    where do you find "flakey sea salt"? can you use reg salt?

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    Susan wrote:

    This sounds like a delicious, grown up twist on the kids' classic! Thanks!

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    Sarah wrote:

    Kosher salt would work the same. I like mine gooey too, so I add extra marshmallows.