Chewy, Gooey Golden Rice Krispie Treats

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These toasty, golden, and caramel-y Rice Krispie Treats are made with brown butter and a secret ingredient.

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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 Krispie 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 Krispie 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.

What you’ll need To Make Rice Krispie Treats


How to make rice krispie treats

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.


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


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


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.)


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


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.


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


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


Let cool for at least an hour.


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

These toasty, golden, and caramel-y Rice Krispie Treats are made with brown butter and a secret ingredient.

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


  • 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


  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. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: 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.

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

  • Hi Jenn,
    I love your recipes I can always count on anything I make from your site. My question is I cannot find golden graham cereal what can I replace it with?

    • — Annmarie Andreula on October 14, 2020
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    • So glad you like the recipes! I think you try graham crackers in place of the Golden Grahams. I’d crush them as 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. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 14, 2020
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  • Nice!!!

    • — Theresa Whaler on August 9, 2020
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  • We make these, subbing out the Golden Grahams for Cinnamon Toast Crunch and reducing the butter to one and a half sticks, and they are AMAZING. Best base recipe for Rice Krispy treats ever! Your recipes have been a gift to my family, we have found so many favorites on your website and in your book. THANK YOU!!!

    • — Shayn on August 1, 2020
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    • ❤️

      • — Jenn on August 2, 2020
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  • Wow Jenn, you have done it again. I followed the instructions except subbed Chocolate Lucky Charms for the Golden Grahams. The browned butter took these to another level, the hint of vanilla shone through, and the reserved marshmallows at the end added soft gooey pockets of marshmallow goodness. The salt was a perfect amount. Can’t wait to try these with the secret ingredient of Golden Grahams. They were slightly more effort than regular Rice Krispies but the flavor and texture weren’t even comparable. Perfection. My dinner guest said they were far better than a local bakery her family always buys Rice Krispies from.

    • — Lynnessa R Struble on May 2, 2020
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  • OMG.. I wish I never found this recipe…. SOOOOO GOOD… delicate nutty caramel flavour… Hard to eat only one! Fantastic recipe! Thank you Jen!

    • — Terrie Williams on April 12, 2020
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  • WOW!!!!! These are truly fantastic! The browned butter makes a level of nuttiness that is ridiculously good. I knew with golden grahams in this I would love them, but they really are better than I imagined…..very gooey & tender.

    • — Melissa Eells on March 10, 2020
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  • O my goodness… Its a debate in my head as to what I should make next but this recipe just moved to my top-ten-of-Jens to try !!! These look amazing!

    • — Laura on December 3, 2019
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  • It’s 9:30pm and once again I forgot to prepare something for work potluck. Remembered these treasures, ran to store, prepared them per directions, cooled them, wrapped them, DONE in one hour.
    All the foodies at work, LOVE the browned butter and Golden Grahams combo!
    Thank you for this and all of your other recipes, I am always happy with the results.

    • — Nancy on November 12, 2019
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  • Made this as a second, fun dessert for my family dinner last weekend. Both my three grandsons and their parents enjoyed and I split the remaining squares for them to take home afterward, per their requests! Will be making a second batch as soon as I pick up more marshmallows.

    • — Sandra H. on October 24, 2019
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  • Text message from daughter #1 at college: My friends want the Rice Krispie recipe

    Text message from daughter #2 at college: Please don’t forget to bring the Rice Krispies tomorrow. Everyone loves them!

    Both same night! I would say, a success!!

    Thanks Jenn.

    • — Jen on October 14, 2019
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    • Love that!! 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 15, 2019
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    • I made this recipe as written and found it too gooey and just not my ideal texture. However, I tried it again adding an extra 1c Rice Krispies and 1/2-3/4c Golden Grahams per a
      friend’s suggestion and they were AMAZING! They definitely beat regular Rice Krispy Treats.

      • — Bethany Huskey on January 8, 2020
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  • These are the best Rice Krispie treats around. I love the flavor the brown butter gives them, I love the crunch of the semi-crushed Golden Grahams add and the pockets of gooey marshmallow. This may have been a kid treat before, but I take them to work and they always disappear with rave reviews. Also, they freeze beautifully which I would never have thought of. I think it may be all that butter:)
    I have tried them with Cinnamon Toast Crunch because I ran out of Golden Grahams. Amazing with the hint of cinnamon but less crunch than the Golden Grahams. Very viable alternative! Thanks Jenn!

    • — Cindy on September 29, 2019
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  • Hands down these are the best rice krispie squares ever. Every time I make these everyone raves about them!

    • — Brooke Burian on September 7, 2019
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  • This just opened up huge possibilities! Honey Nut Cheerios, Kix, Cocoa Puffs?! Have you used any other cereals? Thanks!

    • — Stephanie on August 6, 2019
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    • I haven’t, Stephanie, but I’d love to know how they turn out if you try any!

      • — Jenn on August 6, 2019
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  • Made these as written and they were amazing! Thanks Jen for another fantastic recipe!

    • — Tracey on June 30, 2019
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  • These are the Rice Krispie Treats you are looking for!!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe, we loved them!

    • — Kevin Thomson on June 20, 2019
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  • I want to make these amazing looking treats for my nieces birthday party, any chance I could sub out the Golden Grahams for something fun and colorful like fruity pebbles ?

    • — Stephanie on June 20, 2019
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    • Hi Stephanie, I wouldn’t omit the Golden Grahams completely as they add lots of flavor. Instead, I’d replace 3/4 cup of the Golden Grahams and 1-1/4 cups of the Rice Krispies with fruity pebbles. Hope that helps and I’d love to know how they turn out.

      • — Jenn on June 20, 2019
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  • This recipe has changed all krispies treats for me! I thought it was a bit on the overly sweet side, so I only use about 12-14oz of marshmallows and I don’t add the extra mallows to the prepared mixture.

    • — Alexis Claire on May 22, 2019
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  • YUM!
    I made these for a HS Rugby Team, and some for my family. (3 batches). I love them! one problem, super addicting! 😉 I also found your tips (big pot and using butter wrappers) made it super easy! I will be making these much more often now! Family pleaser. The only caveat, I will have to make them without adding marshmallows later, my husband doesn’t care for the texture or gooeyness, even though he keeps eating this batch…:)
    *also had to make one batch w/out the golden grahams, for a gluten free option- just upped the krispies to 8 cups- Perfect!

    Thank you Jenn, for yet another fabulous recipe!!!

    • — Katie on May 8, 2019
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  • Oh my!!! These are the best 🙌🏻🙌🏻

    We made both of your recipes for Rice Krispie treats and this one was the unanimous winner 😋

    Made them for our church Easter celebration and got rave reviews.

    • — Gina Ward on April 21, 2019
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  • Absolutely love this recipe! Make if often, but sometimes I reduce amount of butter to 1.5-1 stick to make it a little healthier:)

    • — Zhanna Jones on April 11, 2019
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  • I love these Rice Krispie Treats. I make my own marshmallows and my family loves them! Thank you. 🙂

    • — marlana on April 6, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn! I want to try these! All of my pots are black inside. Thinking I should invest in a nice pot so I can learn to brown butter. What would you suggest?
    Stainless steel? Thank you! Mary

    • — Mary on February 25, 2019
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    • Hi Mary, Yes, stainless steel would be ideal and also the most useful in the kitchen. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 25, 2019
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  • These were fantastic! The extra marshmallows at the end create a chewy and more complex texture. Thank you for the awesome recipe. A real crowd pleaser. Will be making these again!!!

    • — LK on February 3, 2019
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  • Followed the recipe to a T. These are the best rice crispy treats I’ve ever had. My family loved them. I’ll be making these again….and again.

    • — Andrea Fricano on January 11, 2019
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  • Followed the recipe to a t. Perfect, delicious, rave-reviews at my cookie exchange!

    • — Jessica Lee on December 9, 2018
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  • Do you think I could make this with vegan butter with the same proportions (Miyokos brand)?

    • — Dawn on December 6, 2018
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    • Hi Dawn, you can but I don’t know whether or not vegan butter will brown. – I’d just melt it and proceed with the recipe as written. I’d love to hear how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on December 7, 2018
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  • I made these yesterday and my husband and I inhaled them all! What a great twist on a classic. I didn’t know they still made Golden Grahams cereal. What a treat!

    • — Dawn on December 6, 2018
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  • I brought these to work and my coworkers were amazed. Best Rice Krispies treats ever! Everyone wanted to know my secret. I used graham crackers since I had them on hand but probably created the same result as the Golden Grahams. Will be adding this recipe to my regular dessert rotation.

    • — Michelle on November 2, 2018
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  • Hi, This looks great! Was wondering if you’ve ever added semi sweet chocolate chips?

    • I haven’t, Jen – but it should work. Just keep in mind that they’ll melt a bit from the heat of the marshmallow mixture.

  • Yum! Simple and delicious-takes me back to my childhood. I made them with coco puffs since I love chocolate and they were super.

  • I work for a coffee shop that sells something very similar to this bar. Your recipe is much better. I refer my customers who purchase a bar to check out your web site and make their own batch of bars. This is my go to dessert when I don’t know what to serve as they disappear off the plate very quickly…and so easy to make.

  • Best krispie treats ever! Little chunks of marshmallows are key to ooey goodness. This recipe is a keeper!

  • These are incredible. Rice Krispie treats are so yummy, but this takes them to a whole other level. I’ll never make them the old way again!

  • I lugged Golden Graham’s all the way back to London from New York so I could make this. It did not disappoint. They are wonderful. My very British family loved them

    • That’s commitment!! So glad everyone enjoyed 🙂

      • I’m now out of them and want to make more- any ideas for a substitution ?

        • I think you try graham crackers in place of the Golden Grahams. 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.

          • We don’t have graham crackers either ☹️ But we do have something called digestive biscuits — I’m afraid they might turn mushy .
            I think I will have to stick with the plain one

            • — Lee Ann
          • We do have Cinnamon toast cereal so I made them with this – they were also delicious .

            • — Leeann
        • I just bought Golden Graham’s in ASDA.

          • — Chris on March 14, 2019
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  • These are amazing. I did replace the Golden Graham Cereal with Honey Maid S’more Cereal. Definitely the best rice krispy treats ever. Thank you for he recipe.

  • Hi Jenny – yesterday I made these with my little niece and we had a fun time! She loves baking with me and gave these a thumbs up! I saved a couple pieces for my hubby and I & sent the rest home with two of my brothers! Thank you for a yummy afternoon treat!

  • To. Die. For.
    I have made these twice: once as written, and the second time using Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I cannot decide which I liked better, but regardless, they are a HUGE hit wherever I take them. This recipe was my introduction to Once Upon a Chef, and I have become a true fan. I know that whichever recipe I try, it will come out great tasting! Thanks for that! (I made strawberry shortcake for my son’s birthday last week, using the old Edna Lewis “Busy Day Cake” recipe from the 50’s, that my mom always used. It’s scrumptious, but years ago I made it with a sweetened biscuit, & loved it. Of course, I lost the recipe. I’m anxious to try yours!)

    • Happy to have you as part of the Once Upon a Chef community! 🙂

  • I have not made nor eaten Rice Crispy Treats in forever. I like the twist of this recipe – an upgraded version that is very tasty. Recipe made a lot for me as I cut my bars rather small. So I was able to share at two potlucks plus share with other friends/family. Another winner!

  • My family loves these. I love them more. So when I cut them up and plate them it goes like this: One for my family, One for me…One for the family, One for me…

  • These are amazing. I had to make my own “golden Graham” cereal so that my daughter could try them too. She cannot have gluten. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • We have made a batch of these twice this week! Insanely addicting. So good. I’m sure my husband will be embarrassed for me having shared this, but the first time we made them he ate 6 squares 😳. These are amazing! Thanks Jen!

  • These are absolutely delicious!! Always a HUGE hit when I make them…..and I am requested to make the a lot!

  • I am a huge Rice Krispie treat fan anyway and these are the bomb! My youngest son can’t enough of them either. He wants me to try this with Coco Krispies and the Golden Grahams. I’ll let you know how it goes. My older son loves the gooey marshmallow pockets. We have enjoyed many of your recipes Jenn. Thanks for your blog.

  • I’m out of the loop cereal wise – are Golden Grahams cereal, or graham crackers??

    • — Sandy Kuykendall
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    • Hi Sandy, Yes Golden Grahams are cereal. 🙂

  • I don’t have Golden Grahams in the house. Has anyone tried Puffins cereal instead?

  • This was a hit with my family. This is now my go-to recipe for these treats 🙂

  • Everyone, can’t stop eating them, they’re addicting as soon as I finish one batch I’m already making another these freeze well and are great for sending in packages I would not change anything in this recipe

  • These are great as is, but next time I’m going to try using cocoa puffs in place of the rice krispies for a chocolate version.

  • These have made me a brown butter fiend! I can’t say enough good things about this recipe. I had a Rice Krispies treat contest at work and these won by a landslide. The salt and brown butter together are heavenly. I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn’t change a single thing. Will definitely be making them again!

  • These are absolutely wonderful and everyone that eats them agrees. Browning the butter is the secret!

  • Just had these last night at a pot luck dinner. They were so good that I asked for the recipe and heard about Once Upon a Chef. I’ll definitely make these myself!

    • Glad you liked these and happy to have you as part of the Once Upon a Chef community!

  • I will have to try these if for no other reason that you used the phrase “pockets of goo” in your recipe. The rave reviews also seem like another good reason…

  • Hey, This is seriously tasty! The advantage It has more butter than I have ever used for rice-crispy treats and the graham crackers add substance that is complimented by the vanilla.

  • Absolutely delicious! These are really good and tasty. My family loved these.

  • The Golden Grahams make these the BEST Rice Krispie treats! A family favorite!

  • I made these exactly as written for my Christmas cookie plate. They were the big hit this year and now a standard. The brown butter is key! Loved them.

  • Delicious! The only rice Krispy square recipe I will ever make again! I’ve made these quite a few times now and it’s fun to see everyone pause after the first bite and wonder, “what is different about these rice Krispy squares?”
    The last time I made them I used cinnamon crunch and my friend said she loved the hint of cinnamon. Thank you Jenn!

  • These are the most delicious rice crispy treats I have ever had!! I LOVE them. The addition golden grahams are perfection and the little hint of salt makes them perfect! The kids and adults at the party LOVED them! Thank you

  • These are the ultimate crowd pleaser. I love asking everyone to try and guess the secret ingredient.

  • This recipe was very easy to follow. I find most of Jen’s recipes very clear and easy to follow but this was the first recipe I tried out multiple times. The kids love the addition of the Golden Grahams and I love how there are whole marshmallows throughout like a surprise treat. I always would melt all of the marshmallows at once and just combine everything, but it’s the little tricks that Jen gives you that really make a treat stand out.

  • This is a great addition to plain Rice Krispies. Golden Graham add a hint of cinnamon but it is the crunch that makes these so good. I do use the large marshmallow and cut in forth and add at the end instead the small ones.

  • These are delicious! My daughter has always loved rice crispy treats and likes them tall so sometimes I make in a smaller pan. I also tried with crushed pretzels added and loved the salty sweet combo!

    • — Leanne Gillespie
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  • These are amazing! My children couldn’t figure out what the “secret” ingredient was! I’ve made these several times, great treat for those kids/classrooms with nut allergies!

  • Can I use margarine instead of butter? I’d like it to be non-dairy.

    • Hi Karen, You can but I don’t think the margarine will brown – just melt it and proceed with the recipe. Please lmk how it turns out. 🙂

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

    • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!!

    • Thank you for sharing that you made it successfully with 1/2 the butter. They’re tasty but a bit rich for me. I feel more confident cutting back now!

      • — Joanne on December 2, 2018
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  • These are wonderful, I will never make without the Golden Grahams again. Super!!!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Could I use crushed Graham wafers instead of the honey graham cereal?

    • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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!

      • Great! Thanks so much for the quick response!?

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!!

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

  • 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
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  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • Surprisingly different (from the original Rice Krispie Treat recipe) and delish; thank you!

  • 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!!

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

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

  • 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.


  • 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!

    • 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!

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

  • Everyone in my house loved these!!

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

    • 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.

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

    Thank you

    • 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.

  • 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………..

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

    • Hmmm, that shouldn’t happen. Is it possible the cereal was not fresh to begin with?

  • 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

  • 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!!

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

  • 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.

  • That flavor is awesome!

  • 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!

  • 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;)

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