Brown butter spiced rice krispies treats are an easy no-bake recipe for fall. They're just like a classic rice krispies treat, with the addition of brown butter and warm fall spices.
These brown butter rice krispies treats include some of the best fall flavors - a caramelized brown butter and warm spices like cinnamon and ginger.
Rice krispies treats are an easy, no-bake dessert that even the kids can help make! Melted marshmallows, brown butter, rice krispies cereal, and fall spices come together in less than 30 minutes - the perfect last-minute treat for holidays, school functions, or potlucks.
With the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, as well as homemade brown butter, these treats are perfectly flavored for fall. They're great for Halloween and Thanksgiving, too.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Cereal - 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.
- Marshmallows - I prefer mini marshmallows in rice krispies treats because they melt easily, but large marshmallows can also be used.
- Butter - Unsalted or salted butter works in this recipe. If using salted butter, omit the salt listed in the recipe.
- Spices - 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.
You'll notice flakes of brown starting to form on the bottom of the pan after about 4 to 5 minutes.
Whisk the butter frequently as it begins to brown. This helps scrape up those browned bits from the bottom of the pan to prevent burning.
Once the butter looks golden brown and you see a good amount of lightly browned flakes, remove the butter from the heat.
For this recipe, you'll need a 9x13 rectangular baking pan. They can also be prepared in a 9x9 square pan to make extra thick rice krispies treats.
Rice krispies treats are best served within about a day of preparing, especially for an event or party. Leftovers can be stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed container and will keep for about two days.
Yes, rice krispies treats can be frozen! If you have leftovers and know you won't eat them all, I recommend freezing your treats by day two.
Layer the squares 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
- ¼ cup (56 g) unsalted butter
- 10 ounces (284 g) mini marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 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 about 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, ginger, and salt. Stir until marshmallows are almost completely melted. Add Rice Krispies cereal and gently 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 if desired. Simply melt your butter, then remove from heat and continue as directed above.
- Rice krispies treats will keep for about two days in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. Leftovers can be frozen for up to three months.