Not your average rice krispie treats, these are made with nutty brown butter and filled with salted caramel.

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Today I am celebrating!

It’s Friday.

I’ve been down with a nasty head cold all week and after 4 miserable days I’m finally feeling like myself.

And today this little old blog turns 6 years old!

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Brown Butter Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats from

Because I’ve been under the weather I’m celebrating with something quick and easy, but no less irresistible— rice krispie treats to the rescue! As much as I love fancy and festive cakes, you can’t beat the pure simplicity and joy of rice krispie treats. They are unparalleled, and hardly make an appearance in my house because I eat them all in one sitting.

But this special trifecta of occasions was worthy of the extra caloric intake.

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I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 6 years. I’ve learned a lot, made so many wonderful friends and accumulated so many, many recipes. But most importantly, I’ve had a lot of fun! And I’m still having fun, so I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.

I hope you’ve had fun reading along and following my baking adventures, because I don’t want you going anywhere either. I kind of like you.

Thank you, dear readers, for helping to make the last 6 years so special.

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How to Make Caramel

Caramel seems tricky, I know, but it is actually quite simple. And even though recipes may vary on exact amounts, they all follow this structure:

1. Cook the sugar (with or without water – this recipe uses it), without stirring, until it becomes a dark amber color.

2. Off heat, add heavy cream in small amounts while whisking constantly. Caramel will bubble violently.

3. Once all of the cream has been added, return to low heat and stir constantly until any lumps have been melted and mixture is smooth.

4. Whisk in vanilla, salt, and/or liquor if desired.

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Brown Butter Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
Rice krispie treats kicked up a notch, with brown butter and salted caramel. Irresistible!
Yield: 16 squares
For the salted caramel:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
For the treats:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 8 cups (10 ounces) marshmallows
  • 8 cup (10 ounces) crispy rice cereal
  • Salted caramel
  • Coarse salt or fleur de sel, for sprinkling
To make the caramel:
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat. Stir until mixture is moistened and is the consistency of sand. Stop stirring and let the sugar dissolve and cook until deep amber in color. Periodically swirl the pan the ensure the mixture is caramelizing evenly.
  2. Remove from heat and add the heavy cream very gradually while whisking constantly. Caramel will bubble violently at first. When all incorporated, return to low heat and stir until all clumps are melted and mixture is smooth. remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt.
To make the treats:
  1. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and line with parchment paper, if desired.
  2. In a large heavy bottomed pan, melt the butter over medium low heat. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until butter is brown and fragrant. Add the marshmallow and stir until melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in all but a few tablespoons of the caramel. Add the crispy rice cereal and stir until combined.
  3. Press mixture into the prepared baking pan. Drizzle with the remaining caramel and sprinkle with coarse salt. Let firm up at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving for easy slicing. Alternately, you can let the treats firm up in the fridge for 10 minutes.
Note: You can also make these treats in a 9-inch square pan or 9x13-inch pan. Your treats will just be thinner than you see here.

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13 Responses to Brown Butter Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

  1. I want a big bite of these sooooo bad!! They look awesome!

  2. First off I’m glad you are feeling better. Happy 6th blog anniversary that is so exciting and you celebrated perfectly with these treats.

  3. Flavia says:

    I know what I’m making this weekend! Glad you’re feeling better. Miss you! XO

  4. These are my kind of rice krispie treats! Love that drizzle on top!

  5. Janine says:

    Congratulations on six years of blogging! That is quite an achievement.

  6. Happy (blog) birthday, sweet lady! You couldn’t have come up with a more perfect treat to celebrate. These look AMAZING!! The blogging world is better off with you a part of it. Thank you for your amazing content, beautiful photos and most of all, your friendship! xo

    • Annalise says:

      Aww, thanks Kelley! And thank goodness for this blog, otherwise we wouldn’t be friends! And I’m so glad we are! xoxo

  7. Happy blog anniversary! These seem like the perfect way to celebrate…two of my favorite flavors packed into a classic Rice Krispies treat!

  8. Chelsea says:

    Happy belated blogging birthday!!! These look phenomenal!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Happy (belated) 6 year blogiversary!!! Thank you for always sharing such great tips and recipes with us all!

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