Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

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Okay, so we all know rice krispie treats are amazing. I mean, who doesn’t love marshmallows, cereal, and butter?! But a few years ago my dear friend, Weronika, introduced me to a brown butter rice krispie treat and my life hasn’t been the same since. Honestly, I know it sounds goofy, but these are like the grown up, more sophisticated version of a normal rice krispie treat.

Adding sprinkles was really just my way of making them more festive for the holiday…and you know, super cute. These cute sprinkles come from Sprinkle Pop! So basically you can customize these for any holiday or event. Or even cut them with a cute cookie cutter.

I hope you love these babies as much as I do! Let me know if you do!

Table of Contents

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Cutting Rice Krispies into Shapes

For this, I like to make my rice krispie treats thinner. So I use 2 baking sheets (still prepared with parchment paper! That way it’s easier to cut with a cookie cutter.

Then, use the cookie cutter to cut out shapes while slightly warm. Use the leftover krispies to reshape and cut again. You still need the mixture warm. If it dries/cools, you won’t be able to reshape. Or just eat all the leftovers at home! ha.

Simple 3 Ingredient Icing

A simple icing can be used to decorate a rice krispie treat. I like to use about 2/3 cup powder sugar (sifted), 1-2 Tbsp milk or milk alternative, and 1/2 tsp vanilla (or other extract). Mix with a whisk and drizzle.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, or if you use salted forget the salt below (2 sticks)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 20 ounces of marshmallows (2 regular sized bags)
  • 1 Box of Rice Krispies cereal (12 ounces)
  • 4 tbsp of sprinkles for mixing, plus 1 tbsp of sprinkles for topping

How to make Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

  1. Line a 9″x13″ baking dish with parchment paper (and grease sides).
  2. In a large 5-8 qt. pot add butter over a medium-low heat. Melt the butter until completely melted. Then keep stirring as the butter browns…from melted, to dark golden, to a brown and nutty fragranced mixture. This usually takes about 4-6 minutes. You don’t want it to burn, so keep a close eye on it. Mix in salt.
  3. Slowly stir in marshmallows about 1 cup at a time until incorporated well. I use a wooden spoon as it’s sturdiest.
  4. Turn off heat and mix in the cereal, about ½-1 cup at a time.
  5. Add in 1 Tbsp of sprinkles until all ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Scoop mixture into the prepared baking dish and push down mixture until it has a flattened surface (can use hands, spoon, or bottom of a cup greased).
  7. Let cool, remove from pan, slice, and enjoy!
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FAQs about Brown Butter Rice Krispies

How can you tell if brown butter is done?

A few tips I have…1)Keep your eyes on it, keep stirring and scrapping the bottom of the pot. the bottom pieces should be brown and not black. 2) Smell it. Make sure you’re smelly a nice toasted smell. If it starts to smell burnt, remove it.

Can I make these vegan?

So, you can definitely swap out the butter for something like Earth Balance. However, I did have issues using vegan marshmallows when I tried this. Maybe if you have a good brand that will truly and fully melt, then that could work!

Other Treats to Try

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rice krispie treats

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Author: Amanda Wilens

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 20 ounces marshmallows
  • 1 box of Rice Krispies cereal 12 ounces
  • 4 Tbsp sprinkles plus 1 Tbsp of sprinkles for topping, optional

Instructions

  • Line a 9″x13″ baking dish with parchment paper (and grease sides).
  • In a large 5-8 qt. pot add butter over a medium-low heat. Melt the butter until completely melted. Then keep stirring as the butter browns – from melted, to dark golden, to a brown and nutty fragranced mixture. This usually takes about 4-6 minutes. You don’t want it to burn, so keep a close eye on it. Mix in salt.
  • Slowly stir in marshmallows about 1 cup at a time until incorporated well. I use a wooden spoon as it’s sturdiest.
  • Turn off heat and mix in the cereal, about ½-1 cup at a time.
  • Add in 1 Tbsp of sprinkles at a time (4 Tbsp) until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Scoop mixture into the prepared baking dish and push down mixture until it has a flattened surface (can use hands, spoon, or bottom of a cup greased). Top with remaining 1 Tbsp of sprinkles.
  • Let cool, remove from pan, slice, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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