Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

by Jillian

Soft and chewy rice krispies treats flavored with the nuttiness of browned butter and a gooey layer of caramel-infused marshmallow creme!

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

In this world, there are treats that you share with your friends….and then there are treats that you share with NO ONE.

For me, this is one of those treats…

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

These rice krispies treats are loaded with the golden sweet lusciousness of caramel…

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

the heavenly nuttiness of browned butter…

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

and never-ending gooey strings of marshmallow that hang on for dear life.

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

In cases like this, it’s OK to let go of your Mother Theresa tendencies and embrace the Gollum in you.

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

My Precious….

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

Everyone knows that the BEST rice krispies treats are the ones that are ULTRA gooey. Obviously. These rice krispies treats turned out especially soft and gooey thanks to two of the stickiest ingredients in the world–caramel and marshmallow creme. These two ingredients were pretty much a match made in sweet, sweet Heaven.

Being a caramel fanatic, I always have caramel on hand. Whether it’s caramel syrup for ice cream or soft chewy caramels for devouring, I’m always well-stocked. Looking through my caramel stash, I decided to go with a bag of these super addictive Lancaster caramels–soft, rich, and PERFECT in these treats.

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

Because there just wasn’t enough sticky ooey gooeyness already, I decided to stuff these treats with a layer of caramel-infused marshmallow creme.

Just for added “sticky” insurance…

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

No, you are not dreaming right now.

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

Whenever a recipe calls for melted butter, I almost always brown the butter. I mean, why not? All you have to do is cook the butter a little longer. Plus, who wouldn’t want that extra flavor and added nuttiness? It’s a simple step to turn this traditional kiddie treat into something more sophisticated.

Of course, you probably won’t look so sophisticated with sticky fingers and strings of marshmallow hanging from your chin once you’ve wolfed down an entire square in 3.5 seconds. 

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

But who cares, when they’re THIS good?

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

But enough small talk, let’s get to the good stuff!

First, butter or spray a 9×13 inch dish with non-stick spray. Stir the caramel topping into the marshmallow creme. Set aside.
Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. As the butter melts, it’ll start to foam, then turn a clear golden color. Continue to stir the butter, scraping up any browned specks from the bottom of the pan as it starts to brown. It should have a nutty aroma. At this point the butter can go from nicely browned and nutty to burnt in a matter of seconds, so KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PAN!

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes
Once the butter has browned, add the caramels, sweetened condensed milk and salt. Continue stirring until the caramels have melted and mixture is smooth.

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

Turn heat down to low, add the marshmallows (reserving 1 cup), and stir until almost all of the marshmallows have melted.

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Once melted, take the pan off the heat, add the reserved cup of marshmallows to the mixture, then immediately pour into the bowl of cereal. Stir until evenly coated.

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Press half of the rice krispies mixture into the prepared pan. Pour the caramel-marshmallow creme mixture over the rice krispies and spread evenly. Pour the last half of the rice krispies mixture on top of the marshmallow creme and press into an even layer. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least two hours before cutting into squares. If you can’t wait that long, you can always pop the pan in the refrigerator for an hour instead.

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats | A baJillian Recipes

Brown Butter Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

Soft and chewy rice krispies treats flavored with the nuttiness of browned butter and a gooey layer of caramel-infused marshmallow creme!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Setting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Squares

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (7 oz) container marshmallow creme
  • 3 Tablespoons caramel topping
  • 12 cups crisp rice cereal
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 6 ½ ounces caramels (about 30), unwrapped
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces marshmallows (reserve 1 cup)

Instructions
 

  • Butter or spray a 9x13 inch dish with non-stick spray. Stir the caramel topping into the marshmallow creme. Set aside.
  • Place cereal in a large bowl.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. As the butter melts, it'll start to foam, then turn a clear golden color. Continue to stir the butter, scraping up any browned specks from the bottom of the pan as it starts to brown. It should have a nutty aroma.
  • Once browned and nutty, add the caramels, sweetened condensed milk and salt. Continue stirring until the caramels have melted and mixture is smooth. Turn heat down to low, add the marshmallows (reserving 1 cup), and stir until almost all of the marshmallows have melted.
  • Once melted, take the pan off the heat, add the reserved cup of marshmallows to the mixture, then immediately pour into the bowl of cereal. Stir until evenly coated.
  • Press half of the rice krispies mixture into the prepared pan. Pour the caramel-marshmallow creme mixture over the rice krispies and spread evenly. Pour the last half of the rice krispies mixture on top of the marshmallow creme and press into an even layer.
  • Allow to sit at room temperature for at least two hours before cutting into squares. If you can't wait that long, you can always pop the pan in the refrigerator for an hour instead.
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13 comments

Rachel December 8, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Do you think using the Trader Joe’s salted caramels would alter the recipe/flavor significantly at all? I LOVE salted caramels and am curious if the salt and sweeten condensed milk would interact in an unforseen way?

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Jillian December 11, 2016 - 5:43 AM

Hi Rachel! I’ve never tried Trader Joe’s salted caramels, however, I’m a definitely a huge fan of that salty sweetness! I’m assuming that you’re talking about the Fleur de Sel caramels that are individually wrapped? If so, I think it would be fine. It’ll obviously just be a bit saltier than using just plain caramels.

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The Better Baker June 5, 2015 - 12:22 PM

Would love for you to share these with us at this week’s Weekend Potluck party…going on right now. (Please be sure to link back to the party). Have a wonderfully sticky weekend. =) http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2015/06/skinny-raspberry-banana-shake-weekend.html

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The Better Baker June 5, 2015 - 12:21 PM

Oh Baby! You are definitely a woman after my heart….I am crazy over caramel! These treats look magnificent. Getting ingredients tonight to make soon. MMM!

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Jillian June 6, 2015 - 9:46 PM

Thank you! If you’re as much of a caramel-fanatic as I am, then I’m sure you’ll lose these treats!

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The Better Baker June 7, 2015 - 3:21 AM

I spotted a bag of these caramels at the checkout and snatched them up. Can’t tell you HOW MUCH I’ve been thinking of this delectable snack. =D

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Jillian June 7, 2015 - 6:34 AM

I hope you like these treats as much as I sure did 😀

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication June 3, 2015 - 1:01 PM

UGH. Apparently I should have eaten breakfast before I visited your blog LOL Looks AMAZING. Thanks for linking up with us over at the Creative Inspiration Link Party!

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Jillian June 4, 2015 - 2:50 AM

Thanks Kristen! Yeah, gawking at food blogs on an empty stomach never ends well 😉

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Meg @ Noming thru Life June 3, 2015 - 2:12 AM

Hello grown up rice krispie treats! You look beautiful and delicious today. Okay, I’ll stop talking to the rice krispie treats now – before it gets too weird. 🙂 These do look super yummy though and I LOVE the name of your blog – too cute!

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Jillian June 4, 2015 - 2:52 AM

Thanks so much for stopping by Meg! Don’t worry, I talk to my food all the time–it makes it taste better 😉

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Meg @ Noming thru Life June 10, 2015 - 6:11 AM

So glad you understand, lol!

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