Easy Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These brown butter rice krispie treats are SO addicting. Seriously, they’re so good, you can’t just have one! The brown butter adds a caramelized toffee-like taste that offsets the sweetness of the rice krispie treats. Plus, these have a vanilla flavored almond bark drizzle that’s like the cherry on top!

Rice Krispie treats are my new favorite summer dessert because they don’t involve turning on the oven! All you need is your stove top, and making them takes ten minutes or less.

If you’re looking for any other no-bake desserts, check out these recipes:

Fresas con Crema (Strawberries and Cream)

Salted Caramel Apple Dip

How to Make Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

  1. Brown the butter. Heat the butter in a large pot on medium heat. Once it melts, stir continuously as it starts to bubble. After a few minutes, the melted butter will turn into an amber color (there will be some dark flecks at the bottom–these add the delicious flavor!), and it will give off a nutty aroma. This is how you know it’s done! Make sure to use unsalted butter– using salted butter will ruin the flavor. Also, don’t rush this step! If you try turning up the heat, you will likely burn the butter.
  2. Add the other ingredients. After the butter has browned, immediately turn the stove to its lowest heat setting and add in the marshmallows, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Stir until there aren’t any lumps–that’s how you’ll know the marshmallows have melted completely. Then turn the stove off and stir in the Rice Krispies (I prefer to use the name brand cereal). Stir until all of the cereal is evenly coated.
  3. Let the treats cool. Spray a 9×13 glass pan with cooking spray, and spoon the Rice Krispies into the pan. Using your fingers, gently distribute the cereal throughout the pan, smoothing it into an even layer. Don’t press too hard, or the Rice Krispie treats will turn out dense and hard. Also, the cereal is super sticky–it helps to get your fingers a little bit wet so that it doesn’t stick to your hands. Let the treats cool to room temperature (this should take about an hour).
  4. Drizzle the almond bark. Melt the almond bark according to the instructions on the label. Use a spoon to drizzle it over the Rice Krispie treats, and then let it cool. You could also use melted white chocolate, if you like! Feel free to top them with some sprinkles for a special occasion-I decorated these for the 4th of July! (pictured below)

That’s it! This recipe is simple, quick, and absolutely delicious. Try it out and let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Easy Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Recipe by Maddie Saxey
5.0 from 1 vote


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  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 20 oz mini marshmallows

  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

  • 9 cup Rice Krispies cereal (9 oz box)

  • 6 oz almond bark (vanilla flavored)


  • In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Stir the butter continuously as the butter starts to bubble. There is a fine line between browning and burning butter, so keep a close eye on it and don’t stop stirring! Also, don’t turn the heat above medium. Dark flecks will start to form on the bottom of the pan, and the butter will quickly turn to an amber color. You’ll know it’s done when you can smell a nutty aroma. Immediately turn the heat to low and add in marshmallows, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Stir continuously until the marshmallows have melted and there aren’t any more lumps.
  • Remove from heat and add the Rice Krispie cereal. Mix until the cereal is well coated.
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Move the coated cereal to the baking dish, and evenly spread it out. Lightly press the cereal into a smooth layer with wet fingers. Don’t press too hard, or the rice krispie treats will turn out dense.
  • Let the rice krispie treats cool to room temperature, and then drizzle melted almond bark over the top (follow the instructions on packaging for melting the almond bark). Let the almond bark cool over the top, and then cut into individual pieces. Enjoy!

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