This post was originally published February 2016 and updated as of February 2022.
These Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats with Sea Salt take what is already happiness in a square and makes it nutty, salty-sweet, rich, unadulterated bliss in a square.
I love the texture, I love the crunch, I love to make them in a small pan so they are super tall and dense like little bricks of marshmallow coated love.
Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats with Sea Salt
I have always considered these dream squares to be perfection. That is, until this version of the recipe came along and blew apart what I thought I knew about rice krispie treats.
This recipe takes what is already happiness in a square and makes it nutty, salty-sweet, rich, unadulterated bliss in a square. Somehow browning the butter and adding sea-salt changes everything and I can NEVER go back.
Truly, this is THE rice krispie treat recipe and that’s coming from me, the founder/president of the Rice Krispie Treat-a-holics.
Browned butter is an easy and quick process that results in a nutty, caramel flavor that is perfect for elevating your rice krispie treats.
All you have to do is melt your butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. It will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty.
Be sure not to take your eyes off the pot because the butter can go from browned to burned in less than a minute!
How to make Rice Krispie Treats that stay soft and chewy
As soon as the butter takes on a light brown color, turn the heat off and stir in the marshmallows. The residual heat from the melted butter should be enough to melt them, but if it’s not, turn the heat back on low until the marshmallows are smooth.
It can be tempting to crank up the heat so you can get those treats in your belly sooner, but resist the urge! Cooking the butter and marshmallows with the heat too high will give you hard and crunchy treats.
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen
What’s your favorite way to eat a Rice Krispie Treat? Are you a purist? Do you like peanut butter to be involved? I need your secrets NOW.