Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Total time: 20 min
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Editor's Note: While not a fan of rice krispies treats, I couldn't resist Christa's twist, with the simple and delicious addition of browned butter and a bit of sea salt.

"I have always loved rice krispie treats. As a child, I remember the anticipation my sisters and I felt as my Grandmother poured the gooey-buttery mixture into the pan. These days, I crave the nostalgia and taste these sweet, crispy treats bring, but as an adult, I have this need to make them a little more grown-up. How can this be accomplished? Browned butter of course! The rich, nutty flavor of the browned butter adds a certain je ne sais quoi my palate now craves. And because we live in a world where a little pinch of salt makes everything better, sea salt gets added to the equation."

--Christa Montgomery, guest contributor, 


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 10-ounces marshmallows
  • 1/4 teaspoon high-quality sea salt, such as French gray sea salt, plus more for garnish
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies


  1. Grease an 8x8-inch pan* with butter, set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add butter, whisking frequently, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Watch butter closely as it cooks because it can go from browned to burnt in a second. It should begin exuding a nutty flavor.  Once browned, remove immediately from the heat.

  2. Stir in marshmallows and salt until marshmallows are melted and thoroughly combined. (If the marshmallows don’t completely melt, heat the skillet over low heat until melted.) Quickly stir in the Rice Krispies and transfer to greased pan. Let cool, cut into squares, and sprinkle, if desired, with a bit more sea salt.

*You can also use a mini muffin tin, which works just as well.

Christa is an environmental professional by day and avid cook by night. Originally from West Virginia, but now in New Orleans, Christa mixes her Northern flare with Southern charm. From Indian-inspired sweet potato tacos to rice krispie treats, brings lots of smiles to everyone she encounters, including her mischievous but smart min-pin Miles.  Follow her travels around New Orleans and beyond on Instagram @christainnola.

Date Published: December 5, 2012

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2 comments... read them below or add one


  1. December 7, 2012 2:35 am by marti Reply

    christa, what an amazing idea! rice krispies treats are one of the best things to come out of America, and maybe, just maybe you have improved on them!!!

  2. December 9, 2012 9:38 am by kim Reply

    Marti, Christa’s twist on these classics win me over! I can’t get enough of them now.

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