In the past ten years since I’ve graduated from elementary school, I’ve done a lot of growing up. However, one thing has remained constant: my love for Rice Krispies Treats.

This recipe, courtesy of my roommate, makes Rice Krispies just as delicious as the ones you grew up on, but are more complex and flavorful. These treats have all the sweetness of the originals, but with a salty twist for added richness because #TreatYoself.

Brown Butter & Sea Salt Rice Krispies Treats

  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 cup Rice Krispies cereal
  • Sprinkles (if desired)
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 6-10 large pieces
  • Medium

Step 1

Melt butter on medium heat in a pan.


Step 2

Once the butter has melted, keep it on medium heat until the butter is browned. You’ll know it’s ready when you swirl the pot and it looks amber-colored on the bottom.

#SpoonTip: Browning butter browns the milk fats in it, giving whatever the butter is added to a nutty, toasty flavor. Try adding it to other desserts, like this pie and these cupcakes.

Step 3

With the heat still on, pour the entire bag of marshmallows into the pot of brown butter.

Step 4

Whisk together until it looks smooth.

Step 5

Measure out six cups of Rice Krispies cereal and pour it into your marshmallow mixture. This is also when you should add in your sea salt.

#SpoonTip: 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt is a good amount, but the saltiness of these Krispies is entirely up to you. Just try not to overdo it and remember that a little sea salt can go a long way.

Step 6

With a spatula, fold the cereal and the marshmallow mixture until it all clumps together.

#SpoonTip: Make sure to fully mix in all the cereal pieces.

Step 7

Add in a heaping handful of colorful sprinkles and fold them into Rice Krispies mix.

#SpoonTip: If sprinkles just aren’t your thing, mix in another topping of your choice, like chocolate chips. Or you can opt out of toppings altogether because these treats are good all on their own.

Step 8

Pour your Rice Krispies mixture into a pan and pat flat. Let it cool for 15-20 minutes so that it the Rice Krispies have time to really bind together.

#SpoonTip: Using a square or rectangle pan is the easiest way to get your treats to look like the regular rectangular shaped Rice Krispies.

Photo by Jamie Medina

Photo by Jamie Medina

Step 9

Once it has further solidified, remove the treats from the pan and cut into rectangles.

#SpoonTip: If you’re using a circular pan like we did, you can just cut a square from the middle of the circle and cut those into rectangles. Save the leftover edges to snack on later.

Step 10

Serve and enjoy. Just try not to eat all of them at once.