Brown butter spiced rice krispies treats are an easy no-bake recipe for fall. Just like a classic rice krispies treat, with the addition of brown butter and warm fall spices.
These crisp rice treats include some of the best fall flavors - a caramelized brown butter, and warm spices like cinnamon and ginger.
The best part? These dessert treats are ready in less than 30 minutes and require no baking!
If you've never had them before, rice krispies are a crispy, crunchy, puffed rice cereal. They are easy to incorporate into baking because they don't have a strong flavor on their own.
With the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, as well as homemade brown butter, these treats are perfectly flavored for fall. Serve these at your next Halloween or Thanksgiving gathering.
Ingredients and substitutions
Ready to make a batch of rice krispies treats? For this recipe, you'll need a large saucepan and a 9x13 pan. You'll want to lightly grease your pan, or line it with parchment paper.
- Rice krispies cereal (or similar generic brand) is needed for this recipe. Rice krispies can be substituted with chex cereal (I suggest rice chex, or corn chex) for a similar result.
- I prefer mini marshmallows in rice krispies treats because they melt easily, but large marshmallows can also be used.
- Unsalted or salted butter works in this recipe.
- Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg could be substituted with your favorite seasonal spice blend, like chai spice or pumpkin spice.
Tips for browning butter
Browning butter is as simple as melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat and allowing it to brown in the pan.
Whisk your butter frequently while it cooks. This helps you keep an eye on it as it browns, and also scrapes up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
You'll notice flakes of brown starting to form on the bottom of the pan after about 4 to 5 minutes.
Once your butter begins to look golden brown and you have a good amount of lightly browned flakes, remove your butter from the heat.
Make ahead and storing
Rice krispies treats are best served within about a day of preparing. They tend to dry out quickly, so I suggest enjoying your rice krispies within two days.
To keep your treats fresh for as long as possible, store them at room temperature in a tightly sealed container.
Yes, rice krispies treats can be frozen! If you have leftovers and don't want to toss them, I recommend freezing your treats by day two.
Layer your bars between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container. They should last about six weeks in the freezer when stored properly.
Remove your treats from the freezer and allow to set at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before enjoying.
Brown Butter Spiced Rice Krispies Treats
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 10 ounces (284 g) mini marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 6 cups (168 g) Rice Krispies cereal
- Line 9x13 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir constantly. Butter will begin to foam and boil. After 4 to 5 minutes you will see brown flecks appear in the bottom of the pan. Continue to stir until butter is golden and flecks are a medium brown color. Watch closely, butter will brown quickly. Process will take about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove butter from heat and add marshmallows, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Stir until marshmallows are almost completely melted. Add Rice Krispies cereal and stir until evenly coated.
- Using a spatula, press cereal mixture firmly into 9x13 pan. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.
- Recipe can be made without browning the butter to save time. Simply melt your butter, then remove from heat and add your marshmallows as directed.
- Rice krispies treats will keep for up to four days in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. Treats are best enjoyed within the first 1-2 days of making.
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