Grown-up Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

Grown-up Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

Grown-up Krispies

Who says Rice Krispies Treats are for kids? You can take that same crunchy, marshmallowy goodness and turn it into a sugar festivus for all your grown-up friends. All you have to do is take things you know they like: dark chocolate, browned butter, sea salt, and add them to things you know they already love: Rice Krispies Treats, and BOOM. Swoon.

Chocolate closeup


Grown-up Rice Krispies Treats with Chocolate, Brown Butter, Sea Salt

An enhancement to The Original Treats recipe

Makes 12 – 24 bars, depending on your generosity



  • 1 stick Butter, plus more for greasing things
  • 1 x 10 oz bag Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 8 – 12 oz Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • 1 – 2 oz White Chocolate (optional)
  • 1 large pinch Coarse Sea Salt
  • Wax paper


  1. Grease or coat with non-stick cooking spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking pan.
  2. Brown the butter: stirring constantly, in large saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat. It will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Keep your eyes on the butter as it can go from browned to burned very quickly.
  3. Once the butter is completely browned, turn heat to low and add the marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted.
    Melted Marshmallows
  4. Remove from heat and add cereal and ½ tsp sea salt. Stir until cereal is completely coated and incorporated into marshmallows.
  5. Working quickly, and using wax paper or by buttering your hands really well, press the cereal mixture into the greased baking pan. Be sure to flatten as evenly as possible an fill in the corners. Allow to cool, about 5 – 10 minutes.
    Krispies in pan
  6. Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate and butter. I do this by microwaving for 20 second intervals and stirring after each interval. Start with just 8 oz and add more only if necessary.
  7. Once cool, turn the treats out onto a cutting board lined with wax paper or other large, flat surface. Pour the melted dark chocolate over the cereal and spread evenly to coat. If there is not enough chocolate to your liking, melt some more chocolate to add to the top.
    Chocolate coating
  8. While the dark chocolate is still soft, melt a small amount of white chocolate in the same way, using a clean bowl. Streak the white chocolate over the dark chocolate.White chocolate streak
  9. Using a toothpick, kebab skewer, or other long, pointy device, drag the tip through the chocolates to make interesting patterns.
    Zig zag patterns
  10. Sprinkle the top of the chocolate with a generous pinch of coarse sea salt.
    Sea Salt
  11. Wait for the chocolate to cool completely, or briefly put the treats into the fridge to cool. Once cool, cut into desired serving sizes and enjoy.

Finished treats

Trick-or-Krispy Treat?

Trick-or-Krispy Treat?

One year for class Christmas party, back when you could call it a Christmas party, my mom made the most amazing treats for me to bring to school. She hand-crafted 31 Rice Krispy Treat Christmas Trees, each dyed green, and decorated with Nerds and Skittles, and topped with a foil star with the name of each kid in my class written on it.

Labor intensive?



Hell yes!

Ever since then, it has mystified me how people think something like this, could be called festive/impressive/worthwhile, when its clearly not:

Crappy decorated stars

For Halloween I was having a krispy-craving so I decided to make some pumpkins for my coworkers, and teach Monkey the ways of the Rice Krispy Treats, that will someday make him the coolest cat around.

We made two batches, one orange and one green…we had too much green so we made some monsters too. There are a couple tricks:

  1. Add the food coloring before the marshmallows are completely melted.
  2. Butter everything; pot, spoon and, most importantly, YOUR HANDS!
  3. Only do one color at a time. Otherwise your treats will get stiff and hard to mold.

From there we basically used the standard Rice Krispy Treat recipe, found on their website or on any box of the stuff:

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Army

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treat Army


  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 10 oz bag Marshmallows (make sure these are fresh, not the stale ones from your last camping trip)
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies (I have not had good luck with substitutions)
  • Food Coloring
  • Extra butter for your hands and things
  • Wax Paper
  • Melted Chocolate


  1. Butter your pot and spoon.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat.
  3. Add the marshmallows, and continue stirring until completely melted (add food coloring towards the end)
  4. Add the Krispies, and stir vigorously until they’re all coated
  5. Are your hands buttered? Butter your hands well!
  6. Working quickly, grab a handful of Kripies and mold into a pumpkin shape. This best way to do this is to make a ball, press it on to wax paper, and then form with your thumbs.
  7. Allow to cool, then decorate with additional colored treats, melted chocolate, or leftover candies of your choice.
Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treat

Happy Treat

Now lick your fingers clean, and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Pumpkin’s a fruit, right?