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Chewy, Gooey Golden Rice Krispies Treats

5 stars based on 47 votes

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Mike and I had dinner with friends recently at Summer House Santa Monica. For dessert, we all shared a giant Rice Krispies Treat from the bakery bar that was hands-down the best part of the meal. It tasted toasty, caramel-y, and salty and we were all 😍 😍 over it. But for the life of us, we could not figure out what was in it. Luckily, we had a nice waiter who told us the secret ingredient. I’ll give you a clue: it starts with “golden” and ends with “grahams.” Yes, Golden Grahams! Much to my kids’ happiness, I’ve been fiddling around with my basic Rice Krispies Treat recipe all week, trying to replicate the one from the restaurant. I finally came up with my own version that comes pretty close. Here’s how to make it.

ingredients

To begin, place the Golden Grahams in a resealable plastic bag. Using a rolling pin, the bottom of a dry measuring cup or your fist, pound the cereal into smaller pieces. You don’t want to pulverize it — some pieces should be Rice Krispies-sized, some should be larger, and some should be crumbs.

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In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.

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After the butter melts, it will begin to bubble, foam, and turn golden around the edges.

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Eventually it will turn a dark golden color and smell nutty — watch carefully, it will go from golden brown to burned quickly. (You’ll see little bits of brown sediment forming; that’s okay.)

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Once the butter is browned, remove the pan from the heat and add all but 2 cups of the marshmallows, the vanilla, and salt.

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Place the pot over low heat and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until the marshmallows are completely melted.

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Remove the pan from the heat and add the cereals.

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Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir until evenly combined. Add the reserved marshmallows.

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Stir until they are softened and partially melted, but not completely mixed in.

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Using the butter wrapper or damp fingers, press the mixture into an even layer in the prepared baking pan.

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Let cool for at least an hour.

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Use the foil overhang to lift the treats onto a cutting board, then cut into squares. Enjoy!

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Chewy, Gooey Golden Rice Krispie Treats

Servings: 18 to 24 squares
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes, plus one hour to cool

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • Two 10-oz bags mini marshmallows, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5-1/2 cups Rice Krispies or crispy rice cereal
  • 3 cups Golden Grahams

Instructions

  1. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with heavy duty aluminum foil and lightly grease with softened butter or nonstick spray. Set aside 2 cups of the marshmallows.
  2. Place the Golden Grahams in a resealable plastic bag. Using a rolling pin, the bottom of a dry measuring cup, or your fist, pound the cereal into smaller pieces. You don't want to pulverize it -- some pieces should be Rice Krispies-sized, some should be larger, and some should be crumbs.
  3. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat (save the wrappers for pressing the mixture into the pan). After the butter is melted, it will begin to bubble, foam, and turn golden around the edges. Swirl or stir the butter as it continues to brown; eventually it will turn a dark golden color and smell nutty -- watch carefully as it will go from golden brown to burned quickly. (You'll see little bits of brown sediment forming; that's okay.) This whole process should take just a few minutes. Once the butter is browned, immediately remove the pan from the heat and add the remaining marshmallows, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Place the pot over low heat and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until the marshmallows are completely melted. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cereals. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir until evenly combined. Add the reserved marshmallows and stir until they are softened and partially melted (you want pockets of goo). Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and, using the butter wrapper or damp fingers, press the mixture gently into an even layer. Let cool for at least an hour.
  5. Use the foil overhang to lift the treats onto a cutting board, then cut into 18 to 24 bars, depending on how large you'd like them. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  6. Note: To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for about an hour before serving.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (24 servings)
  • Calories: 187
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Sodium: 104mg
  • Cholesterol: 20mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    Jenn – I bought Cinnamon Toast Crunch by mistake – can I use that for this recipe?

    - Tamera on November 22, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Tamera, I’ve never tried this with anything but Golden Grahams, so I can’t say for sure how they’d turn out, but I suspect it should work. If you make them, please LMK what you think!

      - Jenn on November 22, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The best rice crispy treats ever. U just gotta accept that it’s an absolutely indulgent treat and enjoy!

    - Sam on October 21, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Our family is already a fan of Golden Grahams, so I was pretty sure these would be a hit. They were beyond decadently delicious, and my 10-year-old has said we cannot go back to eating regular rice crispies treats ever again. Love, love, loved these and cannot wait for the next occasion to make them! Thanks for introducing our family to what surely will become a tradition from now on.

    - Yvonne on September 21, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just when we thought Rice Krispie treats couldn’t get any better!! My 10 yr old son and I were a little skeptical as we actually had never ate golden graham cereal but the picture was so tempting & he was adament that these treats were going to happen! The addition of the Golden Graham Cereal was brilliant as it added a warm, gentle-caramel flavor that was out of this world. I would not adjust the recipes ingredients. I would suggest however that you double the batch as these will disappear quickly!!! We separated with wax paper and packaged tightly for fresh keeping.
    Thank you for sharing!
    – michelle & Nicolas

    - MIchelle Benoit on September 18, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    1. I have made this with half the butter successfully, and in fact preferred it because I felt like the full cup of butter has little pools of butter that never quite mixed in and just looked and felt a little icky. I don’t feel that it lacked in flavor or texture. It stuck a little more when pulling away from foil to cut, but just as delicious!

    2. Someone asked about freezing. I froze a batch successfully to keep myself from eating them all at once. No issues when thawed. I still ate the entire batch within 7-10 days so can’t comment on longevity!

    3. And most important, these are AMAZING. Like your favorite childhood treat grew up with you. Both the Golden Grahams and browned butter give a lot more depth. Even on my laziest cook days, these are worth the extra steps. Run, do not walk, to the kitchen now!!

    - Melinda on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are wonderful, I will never make without the Golden Grahams again. Super!!!

    - Allison on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are one of my daughter’s favorite treats. I swap out the white rice krispie cereal with brown rice. Sometimes, I add mini chocolate chips too.

    - JaxJayne on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe has made me very popular with the kids in my neighborhood…as well as the adults. It is amazing the difference the Golden Grahams make in taste! Easy recipe, quick to make and will not last long!

    - marleaob on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • Could I use crushed Graham wafers instead of the honey graham cereal?

    - Pat on September 5, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Pat, I think you could. I’d crush them like the recipe indicates for the Golden Grahams. Because I’ve never used graham crackers here, I might suggest starting out by using less than the recipe calls for– (maybe 1 1/2 cups instead of 3) and use additional Rice Krispies in their place. If you don’t feel like going that route, you could always make my traditional Rice Krispies Treats.

      - Jenn on September 6, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love this new take on your already amazing Best Ever Rice Krispy Treats! Just wondering why the difference in butter…1 cup for the Golden vs 3/4 for the original. Not that you can ever have too
    much butter…:). Just wondering if I should up it for the original as well?

    - Cindy on August 11, 2017 Reply
    • When testing the recipes, through trial and error, I just determined that this was best with 1 cup of butter. I’d stick with the 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) for the regular Rice Krispies. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on August 12, 2017 Reply
      • Great! Thanks so much for the quick response!?

        - Cindy on August 14, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    These are amazing, however I found the 1 cup of butter to be too much that made them kind of greasy. I’ve now made it several times with only 1/2 cup and find them just as tasty with 1/2 the fat and not as greasy.

    - Jaime Kapur on June 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you for this recipe. I have made this 4 times now and everyone loves them, much better than the traditional Rice Krispie treat.

    - Kathy on June 29, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Omgosh! These are the best!!!! I have made them several times to bring to pot lucks and also made for gifts. I don’t think I could ever go back to the original! Thank you so much!

    - Natasha Roper on June 29, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Addition of Golden Grahams & Browned Butter are the ticket to an addictive treat! Always made my RK bars w/ 1 1/2 stick butter, a splash of vanilla & a 16 oz. bag of marshmallows; & still was no huge fan of them. These however ARE AMAZING! Kicks the flavor up an octave & are simply the best. No comparison to regular RK bars. Thank you for sharing another amazing recipe.

    - Kelli on May 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I came across this recipe when I was looking for something that would ship well to my son serving in Afghanistan. (Lots of websites discourage sending baked goods because it takes up to 2 weeks to deliver to APO addresses overseas.) I’m happy to report that these Rice Krispie treats ship well and are well-received by soldiers longing for a little bit of home!!

    - Patti Hart on May 29, 2017 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Please add: I wrapped individually in waxed paper, then placed in ziploc bags before shipping.

      - Patti Hart on May 29, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These Chewy Gooey Golden Rice Krispies Treats are the bomb for anything Rice Krispy or marshmallowy!

    So easy and quick to make. Thank you for the step by step photos for those of us visually inclined.

    - Delfina Scirocco on May 26, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made these for a crowd on Mother’s Day. Everyone from the youngest (10 years old) to the oldest (80 years old) raved. My brother told my husband he actually liked these better than the family favorite chocolate sheet cake also being served that night…Another great job, Jen. Just love your site, your recipes and your instructions. You are a true leader in your field. You are an entertainer’s and a cook’s best and most trusted friend and confidant. THANK YOU!!!

    - Diane on May 16, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are AMAZING! My kids like the “regular” krispie treats with marshmallows, while my favorite has always been Grandma’s recipe (peanut butter, cocoa powder, karo syrup, cocoa krispies) and so I’ve always been reluctant to make their version, until now. The brown butter and Golden Grahams really take this up a few notches, I think I can safely say, I have two favorites now and like to alternate between these recipes.

    - Bethany Hunter on May 15, 2017 Reply
  • Surprisingly different (from the original Rice Krispie Treat recipe) and delish; thank you!

    - Michelle on May 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wow!! This is another rave review! These treats were over the top! I made them for a family gathering and they disappeared on the first day. I was asked to make them again the next day, and once again there weren’t any left. This will be a “go-to” recipe. Delicious!!

    - Laura Lee on May 12, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These treats are absolutely amazing! I am going to have to lose the recipe though as I have no self control around them.

    - Sara Gersbach on May 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband loved these!! The browned butter gave them the richest Carmel flavor, over the top!! Great recipe!!

    - Shari on May 8, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wonderful. Best part about these —
    is that they are even better the day after and even days after you make them! I’m making some today to send in a package
    to my in-laws!

    Never will make the original recipe again.

    Mary

    - Mary Sharpe on April 30, 2017 Reply
  • I would like to send these in a care package to a loved one. It takes 2 days for packages to arrive. Do you have any recommendations for how to best package these for shipping? Thank you!

    - Ally Taft on April 30, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Ally, they’re pretty sturdy, so they’ll ship well. I’d suggest putting them in an airtight container with the layers separated by wax or parchment paper. Hope the recipient enjoys!

      - Jenn on April 30, 2017 Reply
      • 5 stars

        They did ship extremely well and received rave reviews from the recipient and his friends. Thank you so much for another winner!

        - Ally Taft on May 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Everyone in my house loved these!!

    - Sarah on April 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have always loved rice crispy treats. But this recipe takes them to a whole new level. growing up Pennsylvania Dutch we used browned butter a lot. on eggs, on noddles. but i never heard of doing this for a dessert and it is awesome. it has inspired me to try this in other recipes.

    - Cae McCreary on April 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hard to believe it was so easy to amp up Rice Krispies bars! Made these for a baby shower and they were a hit.

    - Patty Riek on April 26, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely the best rice krispie bar ever! They are so addictive that I had to freeze some of them so I didn’t eat the whole pan.

    - Jane L. on April 26, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These were fantastic! I attribute it to the browned butter and the graham effects. Wow – much better than the 1950’s recipe. I took these to the Easter dinner and the rest to my volunteer gig = LOVED THEM. Sweet but not over the top – subtle, more complex butter/graham flavors.

    - n on April 20, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love this recipe – thanks for sharing! Golden Grahams??? Would would have thought!

    - Elizabeth on April 20, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Your recipes are so carefully done, excellent photos and I am impressed by your food knowledge. I am happy to receive your emails. I tried the Chewy, Gooey Rice Krispie recipe. Wonderful! Thank you for lovely Easter and Springtime options.

    - Kitty on April 12, 2017 Reply
  • Hi Jen
    I’m a big follower and have told many about you. Thanks for the recent addition to easy meals. The struggle of getting the things done and getting a meal on the table is daunting. I have a request. I have five children. Two of my daughters have celiac. Two are vegetarians. Cooking for big family meals is just not fun anymore. I realize I have to have multiple dishes. One of your salads is always a mainstay. Right now it’s the kale and Brussels sprouts. I’m looking for something filling without gluten or meat;( I know you are busy but if you come across something I would be interested. Thanks, Mary

    - Mary Fitzgerald on April 8, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Mary, I know feeding a family with a number of dietary restrictions has to be challenging! You may want to check out the vegetarian and gluten-free menus I have on this page. Also, I’m not sure if you’ve seen the various recipe categories on the blog; if you haven’t, I would suggest you check out the vegetarian and gluten-free categories.

      - Jenn on April 8, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Can I freeze gooey Rice Krispie Treats after they are made?

    Thank you

    - Bruce Bowen on April 6, 2017 Reply
    • I’ve never frozen them, but the Kelloggs site says it’s okay– To freeze them, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

      - Jenn on April 6, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely love this recipe! Where has this recipe been all my life? The browned butter truly takes this treat to a whole new level. It is like having a kids treat on an adult level. As you said it was Chewy, Ooey and Gooey. Will definitely make this again and again and again………..

    - Sandra D on April 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are amazing! I cut mine up then dipped the bottom half in Dark Chocolate.

    - Sara on April 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These were great. Absolutely addictive! I thinking browning the butter added tons of flavor.

    - Maria Carver on April 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I cannot believe how amazing these are! I have always loved Rice Krispy treats, but these take it up to another level. So much depth to their golden flavour. Truly amazing and I challenge everyone to make them and tell me otherwise.

    - Diana on March 31, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    In all the years of baking, cooking and trying new recipes, I have never made rice krispie treats until now. These were delicious and devoured quickly!! These treats will be made again.

    - Pamela Schmidt on March 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These treats were delectable! They were a huge hit at a church function and before the meeting was done, my mom asked me to make them for another church function she is having in April…loved the pockets of gooey marshmallows!

    - freezy63 on March 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely INSANE! I have made 2 batches in the last week. I don’t think I’ll ever make the “original recipe” again!

    - Kristin on March 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    AMAZING! Loved every bite and making another batch to FedEx to a girlfriend for her birthday… best guilty pleasure!

    - Alyssa on March 30, 2017 Reply
  • My grandson has a gluten intolerance.
    I am always looking for new recipes that we all can eat. The Golden Grahams contain wheat so I can not use them.
    Any ideas on how to change the recipe without using them?
    I would be glad of any suggestions.
    Thank you.

    - Gillian Kamps on March 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    OMG! Absolutely Fabulous!!! Huge hit in our home.

    - Nanci Hirschorn on March 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I added milk chocolate chips and they tasted like s’mores – DELISH!

    - Marielle on March 27, 2017 Reply
  • 2 stars

    Tried but cereal became stale once it cooled. Any suggestions?

    - Christina on March 27, 2017 Reply
    • Hmmm, that shouldn’t happen. Is it possible the cereal was not fresh to begin with?

      - Jenn on March 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    When I read this I thought….how can a rice krispie treat be any better…..NOW I KNOW! Everyone from my mailman to my co-workers are converted as well!
    So delicious

    - kay campbell on March 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I doubled the recipe for a big party and they were a huge hit! I have never browned butter in a pot. I think the instructions could use a hint on the time it takes to brown and the suggestion to swirl or stir it? My butter sort of burnt in the middle of the bottom of the pot but it never really browned? Anyway they were still amazing, so so good. Thank you for a great recipe!!

    - Danielle on March 26, 2017 Reply
    • Glad they were a hit, Danielle! And great suggestion on the instructions – the recipe has been updated. Thank you!

      - Jenn on March 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi, I had never tried Golden Graham cereal before but they are quite delicious. It was great to make a rice krispie treat that did not stick to the pan. These are fantastic. An adult version of rice krispie squares. I am going to let the kids try them tomorrow and get their verdict.

    - Elizabeth on March 26, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    That flavor is awesome!

    - Pd on March 24, 2017 Reply
  • I have been trying to replicate Summer House fruity pebbles treats! I am going to try it like this–swap out Krispies and Graham’s!

    - Brooke Palmer on March 23, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    How did you manage to make rice krispies treats even more appealing to my husband/kids!? Golden Grahams is the cereal my husband could possibly live off of (and has at certain stages of life). Including them in this favorite is genius and these bars are fabulous!! Another great one;)

    - Maria on March 22, 2017 Reply

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