Brown butter rice crispy treats / salted caramel rice crispy squares

2 Jul

Salted caramel rice krispie treat - The Hungry Mum

Omgosh – treat is the correct word here! This recipe for brown butter rice crispy squares is super dooper easy and super dooper delicious. In case you’re still not sold, you need just four ingredients, one pan, and no baking required.

The Hungry Mum - salted caramel rice krispie squares

I used a bag of pumpkin-flavoured marshmallows that I brought home from an overseas sojourn but I just «know« that plain old vanilla marshmallows would taste just as good. I gave this post two names because the pumpkin marshmallows made it taste very similar to salted caramel, while using vanilla marshmallows would result in the brown butter namesake.

Misses 7 and 9 fell in love with this, as did the Hungry Dad. The sprinkle of sea salt stops it being crazy sweet (I used my recently purchased vanilla salt and swooooon), and the browned butter adds a dash of sophistication.

This recipe is from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (go buy it NOW). You will want to bake everything in here. #greatbook

-Salted caramel rice krispie treats


170g Rice Bubbles / puffed rice cereal

285 grams marshmallows

115 grams unsalted butter, diced

sprinkle best quality sea salt

Salted caramel rice krispie treats - The Hungry Mum -


Spray a 20cm square cake tin with non-stick spray and line tin with non-stick baking paper – allow a 5cm overhang for easy removal.

In a big saucepan melt the butter over a medium heat, stirring often and ensuring you scrape the bottom. Watch it closely and remove it after it takes on a dark gold hue.

Turn off the heat, stir in marshmallows and mix until combine. If they don’t melt don’t turn the heat on very low and stir until they just start to melt. Remove from heat. Sprinkle over salt then tip in puffed rice and mix until just combined.

Immediately tip into pan and use an offset spatula to evenly spread out in pan.

Allow to cool then slice into squares to serve.

The Hungry Mum salted caramel rice krispie treats


47 Responses to “Brown butter rice crispy treats / salted caramel rice crispy squares”

  1. Angela | The Chewy Life July 2, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    Yumm 🙂 Rice Krispies with a twist… I like it!!

    • thehungrymum July 4, 2015 at 5:05 am #

      Ta Angela – I had never had rice krispies before but I’ll be back for more!

  2. amandabr23 July 2, 2015 at 7:00 am #


  3. Jem @ Lost in Utensils July 2, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    I actually wish I didn’t read this and that it wasn’t so easy 🙂 Only 4 ingredients with one of the best flavour combos…thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. A Cookbook Collection July 2, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    I love Smitten Kitchen! Some of the recipes are a little sweet for my liking but I’d imagine the salt in this balances the sweetness perfectly.

    • thehungrymum July 2, 2015 at 10:35 am #

      She is amazing! Am working my way through the book, following her on FB and Pinterest… #obsessed I usually reduce sugar in all recipes as I find most too sweet for me 😉

  5. sabitha July 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    yummy 🙂 🙂

  6. Kim-Joy Hewlett July 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    Yum yum, these looks amazing and salted caramel is sooo good. I was seriously addicted to salted caramel at one point!!

  7. youthfoodblog July 2, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    Great, tasty treats!

  8. Anita Kushwaha July 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

    They look delish! 🙂

  9. houseofbedlam July 2, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    OMG is right!

  10. themondaybox July 3, 2015 at 3:00 am #

    Brown butter ANYTHING is delicious! 🙂 Adding the flavor of brown butter to crispy rice treats is a great idea! I totally agree with you about the Smitten Kitchen cookbook and was lucky to get to a book signing where Deb spoke about her experiences blogging and cookbook writing. I am also working my way through the cookbook (the French Silk Pie is omg delicious) and am so excited that Deb is working on a second cookbook!

    • thehungrymum July 3, 2015 at 5:35 am #

      So jelly – would love to hear Deb speak! #guru Yep, am with you on Team Brown Butter, is sooooo freaking good. Was eyeing off the choc silk pie 😉

  11. The Gourmet Gourmand July 3, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    Argh this looks so good.. I would like it if a plate of these appeared in front of me right now..

    • thehungrymum July 4, 2015 at 1:03 am #

      hehehe! When will there be an app to make food jump off the screen?!

  12. Helen | Grab Your Fork July 5, 2015 at 6:21 am #

    Whoah these sound amazing!

    • thehungrymum July 5, 2015 at 8:55 am #

      These are allthegood Helen! Sweet but not sickly.

  13. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella July 5, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    Ever since I learned how easy they were to make, I’ve never bought these! I love making different flavours too! 😀

    • thehungrymum July 5, 2015 at 8:54 am #

      I can’t believe that such a yummy treat is so easy~ and so versatile!

  14. Emma July 6, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    Yum! Takes me right back to primary school birthdays 😀 Love the salted caramel too, that never gets old.

    • thehungrymum July 6, 2015 at 2:08 am #

      Thanks Emma! These aren;t really well known in Australia at all but I hope to change that!

  15. dedy oktavianus pardede July 6, 2015 at 12:51 am #

    wow, simply damn delicious!!!
    i grown up with this kind rice puff too…

    • thehungrymum July 6, 2015 at 2:08 am #

      We rarely had rice bubbles growing up but now I know how easy these treats are to make I will be buying them more often 😉

  16. Jasline @ Foodie Baker July 6, 2015 at 4:40 am #

    You sold me with no-bake and 4 ingredients! Got to hunt down some rice cereal this weekend, looks really good!

  17. nagimaehashi July 6, 2015 at 7:14 am #

    OMG! I haven’t used rice bubbles for anything in YONKS!! Possibly over 10 years! I would kill for this right about now. You’ve totally inspired me, I’m adding rice bubbles to the shopping list! 🙂 PINNING so I don’t lose this!!

    • thehungrymum July 6, 2015 at 7:25 am #

      Now that’s the sort of reaction I had when I made these Nagi! I caved in to Miss7’s request for rice bubbles as a school holiday treat, then found this recipe #serendipity Thanks for Pinning 😉

  18. gourmetgetaway July 6, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Oh, what a nice treat! These are those snacks that qualify as once-you-pop-you-can’t-stop!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  19. hipfoodiemom July 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    Pumpkin-flavoured marshmallows and salted caramel?!!! Whoa!!! love the flavor combo here!!! Amazing!

    • thehungrymum July 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      Thanks so much! I do love me some marshmallows and salt 🙂

  20. Emanuele @ guyslovecooking July 6, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Can I be adopted, even if only part time 🙂 Imagine coming back from work or school and find these sitting on a table waiting!!
    Great job!

    • thehungrymum July 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

      Awwww, aren’t you cute?! I have to say, misses 7 and 9 adored these, as did the Hungry dad 🙂

  21. Amanda@ChewTown July 7, 2015 at 1:55 am #

    This is most definitely a rice crispy treat for the adults. Love the sound of this.

  22. Chitra Jagadish July 7, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    Oh wow this looks fantastic. …

    • thehungrymum July 11, 2015 at 2:54 am #

      Thanks so much – they are super easy and super delish.

  23. Chompchomp July 10, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    OMG these look like they would be seriously addictive! Im guessing they didn’t last long in your household?

    • thehungrymum July 11, 2015 at 2:51 am #

      Correct! They vanished in the blink of an eye and requests are flowing for an encore batch!

  24. Nicole - Champagne and Chips July 13, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Oh you had me at brown butter but then to add in marshmallows. Superb!

    • thehungrymum July 14, 2015 at 8:04 am #

      yep, sugar and fat are a marriage made in heaven 😉


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