How long has it been since you last made a batch of Rice Krispie Treats? They might be one of the easiest dessert recipes of all time and for some reason it has been years since I have made them. Nothing beats a one pot, no bake recipe, especially in the heat of the summer. I hesitated to even share these with you, as I’m sure almost everyone who enjoys baking has made Rice Krispie Treats at least once in their life, but I couldn’t resist sharing this version. Browning the butter adds an extra step, but it adds a rich, nutty flavor that really takes these treats to another level.
If you haven’t baked with browned butter before, you HAVE to give it a try. It is seriously a magical ingredient that improves even the best recipes, especially my favorite cookies of all time, Nutella-stuffed brown butter chocolate chip. Just follow the instructions below carefully and be sure to stir the butter as it cooks to avoid burning!
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 10-oz. bag marshmallows
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 5 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper so that it overhangs the edge of the pan on two sides.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue heating the butter, stirring constantly and scraping up the little brown bits on the bottom for 5-10 minutes. The butter will very suddenly turn golden brown and have a nutty scent. As soon as this happens, remove the pan from the heat and add the marshmallows. Keep your eye on the butter as it is browning and stir constantly, as it will go from browned to burnt very quickly.
- Stir the marshmallows with the butter until they are completely melted. If they are not melting completely, you can put the pan back over low heat while you are stirring. Remove the pot from the stove and add the cereal and salt. Stir until everything is thoroughly combined.
- Quickly spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Place a piece of parchment or wax paper on top of the mixture and use your hands on top of the paper to spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Press down hard to make sure everything sticks together. Allow the mixture to cool and cut into squares.