Brown Butter Chocolate and Vanilla Krispie Treats


Although a super simple, age old recipe Rice Krispie Treats remain one of the easiest and yummiest desserts out there. It’s also one of my favorites!! Like most everyone, I use to default to making the traditional Rice Krispie Treat recipe that was always on the side of the box and while they were good I knew they could be better. I find the original cereal box recipe to be a little too dry and by the next day the treats were usually pretty hard.

A few years ago I came across a recipe for Brown Butter Krispie Treats and I jotted it down on a napkin and tossed it in my recipe binder. It’s since become my one and only “go to” Krispie Treat recipe and everyone always loves them. The brown butter and fresh vanilla bean is what really sets these treats apart and makes them sing!

I’ve tinkered around with the recipe over the years and this version is one that I thought would make for an interesting twist as well as a nice presentation. I used equal parts Rice Krispies and Cocoa Rice Krispies but feel free to play around with the ratios to find the balance that pleases your palate.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 18 oz of large marshmallows
  • 4.5 cups Cocoa Rice Krisipies cereal
  • 4.5 cups Rice Krispies cereal


Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. As the butter cooks it will begin to foam and then it will bubble and crack. Cook until it’s fragrant and brown, about 5-8 minutes.

Turn the heat to low and stir in the vanilla bean.

Add the marshmallows and continue to stir over low heat until completely melted.

Remove the pot from the heat and add the Rice Krispies, in three batches, to make it easier to stir and mix.

Lightly spray a 9X13 dish with cooking spray. Pour the mixture into the pan. Using a piece of wax paper, lightly sprayed with cooking spray, press down the mixture into the pan.

Allow the treats to cool 1.5 – 2 hrs before cutting and serving. Do NOT place in the fridge, they will become hard and dried out. Store at room temp in a covered dish and they will keep nicely for 3-5 days.

**TIP** – Do not throw out your vanilla bean pod. Scoop 1-2 cups of granulated sugar into an air tight container, bury the vanilla pod, and in a few weeks you’ll have “vanilla sugar” which is excellent in place of plain sugar in all of your baking recipes. Every time you have a used vanilla pod, throw it into the sugar container. The more pods, the stronger the vanilla flavor that will be imparted into the sugar.

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