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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.

Chewy, Gooey Golden Rice Krispie Treats

Photo by Johnny Miller (Clarkson Potter, 2021)

The inspiration for these delicious Rice Krispie treats comes from the bakery bar at Summer House Santa Monica, a fun restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland. They’re made with a secret ingredient that gives the bars a distinctly toasty, caramel flavor. After one bite, you’ll pause and wonder, “What’s in these?” I’ll give you a clue: it starts with “golden” and ends with “grahams.” One you try them, you may never go back to the classic version of Rice Krispie Treats

“These are absolutely amazing…I work in a nice restaurant and bring them in for my coworkers…they are always inhaled and greatly appreciated!”

Hannah

What You’ll Need To Make Chewy, Gooey Golden Rice Krispie Treats

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Step-by-Step Instructions

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!

Photo by Johnny Miller (Clarkson Potter, 2021)

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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 (about 10⅔ cups)
  • 3 cups Golden Grahams
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Heaping ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5½ cups Rice Krispies or crispy rice cereal

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 5 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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Comments

  • Gooey and wonderful! My son and husband commented they are the best Rice Krispies treats they have ever eaten! Thank you!

    • — Freckles488 on February 27, 2024
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  • These are absolutely amazing. I am not even a Rice Krispie treat fan. I work in a nice restaurant and bring them in for my coworkers…they are always inhaled and greatly appreciated! I legitimately keep cereal and marshmallows on deck in my house specifically for these, as I’m not a cereal person either. They’re so quick to whip up and satisfying.

    • — Hannah on February 4, 2024
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  • I had a bit of trouble but I think it was because my marshmallows were not completely melted. I think that may be why I didn’t get a complete pan full. Any suggestions? The taste was very good though!

    • — Tish on November 29, 2023
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    • Hi Tish, did you gently press the mixture into an even layer in the pan? Might you have been able to press more so that it touched all sides of the pan? If you truly didn’t have enough to do that, I suspect that maybe your marshmallows weren’t melted enough. Glad you like the way they tasted though!

      • — Jenn on November 30, 2023
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