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

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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.

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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

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

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. 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

  • These are FANTISTIC ! I’ll never make plain rice cereal bars again. Love making recipes from this site !

    • — Deb Tucker on December 30, 2020
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  • Oh my gosh…these Rice Krispy treats!! Just when I thought they could not get any better, I tried this recipe. I have made them 3 times in one week, they’re so good! My husband has told me to stop making them because he cannot help himself. Everyone who has tried these absolutely loves them. Try these, you will not regret it.

    • — Maricela F. on December 1, 2020
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  • I have made this recipe a handful of times. I ALWAYS GET RAVE REVIEWS! I don’t change the recipe one bit. Thank you for the fantastic recipe!

    • — Julia on November 27, 2020
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  • 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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