Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

 

salted_caramel_rice_krispie_treats-4 square Do you guys wanna know something weird? We’re 6 1/2 years into this blog, over a thousand recipes into this blog, and I haven’t posted much in the Rice Krispie treat department; all except one are Sara’s, and the only one I posted was more about the crafty element than the treat iteself. “But Kate,” you say, “that isn’t that weird. Stop being a drama queen.” But the weird thing is that Rice Krispie treats are one of my all-time favorite sweet snacks, ultimate weaknesses, things I absolutely cannot have in the house, lest I eat them all and blame it all on my children. Those gigantic ones they have at delis and Noodles & Company? Get thee hence, Satan. I can’t stop thinking about them the whole time I’m eating my reasonably balanced Bangkok Curry. I. Love. Rice Krispie Treats.

But if there’s one thing in my universe that rivals my love of Rice Krispie treats, it’s salted caramel. So naturally, if there’s a chance to combine two of my favorite things, I’m going to be all over that. The best news is that you can make these in, like, 15 minutes tops and then if you freeze them, you’re never more than 30 minutes away from salty/caramel-y/crispy/chewy/perfect texture-y goodness.

You’re going to need Rice Krispies, mini marshmallows, unsalted butter, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and kosher or flaked sea salt.

salted caramel rice krispie treat ingredients

In a large, heat-proof bowl, toss together the Rice Krispies and 1 cup of mini marshmallows. Set aside.

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Spray an 8×8″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large, heavy pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When it’s melted, reduce the heat to medium and add the brown sugar, whipping cream, and corn syrup and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring frequently to keep the caramel from scorching. When the caramel is thick and syrupy, add in the salt and stir to combine, then remove from heat and add the 10 ounces of marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are dissolved, then quickly pour over the Rice Krispies and stir quickly to coat completely. Press into the prepared baking pan and sprinkle with sea salt.

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Allow to cool completely (I allow mine to cool in the freezer so I am then allowed to eat them more quickly) and then cut into squares.

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats from Our Best Bites

Note: These are categorized, among other things, under gluten free. As always, if you need this to be gluten free, make sure the cereal you’re buying says it is gluten free on the packaging–not all puffed rice cereal is considered gluten free.

 

39 comments

  1. Oh thank heavens! I, too am a Rice Krispie addict ( that’s my pregnancy must have first thing in the morning…. Bowl of Rice Krispies, not a rice Krispy bar haha). I have all the ingredients for this on hand. Always always always have a huge family size box of rice Krispy cereal. But salted caramel?!? Ahhhhh this is going to be magnificent!

    Ithank you!!!!!

  2. unfortunately almost all rice cereals contain “barley malt” making the full of gluten. The good news is that there are so many gluten free rice cereals out there now – especially from our favorite peeps at Kellogs!!! 🙂

    will definitely make a GF version of this soon! and I love that it’s in a 8×8 pan. my kids only like to eat the same thing a few times – not for a week.

    You are the best!

  3. I’m with you on the rice krispie treats – can’t make ’em if I’m home alone. I never thought to freeze them though – darn you!!

  4. It’s funny that you should mention the bangkok curry. I went to Noodles and Co. and ordered that because I love your copycat recipe so much, but I was majorly disappointed. It just wasn’t very good at all. I’ll stick with the recipe you posted here because THAT one is amazing.

    ps these looks good too.

  5. I did not think that rice krispie treats could get much better than Smitten Kitchen’s browned butter rice krispie treats from Deb’s book, but these are making me drool. What a great idea and I love how some of the marshmallows do not look totally melted. I have got to try this! Thank you.

  6. I love rice Krispy treats too!! But strangely, I have a very difficult time making them. I cook all kinds of things but for some reason I can’t seem to get a handle on these little treats. One time I even made them for my Sunday school class at church and even the teenagers were cringing. They always taste like they are made with stale cereal or something (which they are not). I am not sure what I am doing wrong but I am bound and determined to figure it out! I realize how ridiculous I sound in saying that I can’t make rice crispy treats. That is like saying that I can’t make up a box of macaroni and cheese!

    1. Don’t press them tightly in the pan. Just spoon them in and pat very gently. I had the same problem with my beloved treat.

  7. We discovered these while watching Jamie Deen’s Food Network tv show one Saturday morning. They are our favorite rice krispie treat variation! And, in fact, I was already planning on making them as lunchbox treats for the first day of school next week!

  8. my favorite “cookie” is rice krispie treats! Just yesterday I had been thinking about making a caramel-marshmallow rice krispie treat after I saw caramels in the cabinet. I love caramel covered marshmallows, which is why I had the inspiration…and then I saw you were thinking in the same vein! So much for my original ideas. The second thing was: a friend made R.K. Treats with a few marshmallows not melted. I pondered how she did that. Duh. You answered that with the pic of the R.K. with some marshmallows. Certainly going to try this!!! THANKS!

  9. Wow! That’s all I can say.

    And I love Jessica W.’s idea to make them for the first day of school.

  10. These sound amazing! They would be a great dessert to bring to a family dinner that everyone can eat, as long as I remember to buy the gluten free marshmallows too (not all marshmallows are gluten free either). My mom would be happy I finally made a dessert she can eat along with everyone else!

  11. I made these for dessert last night, they are amazing. My son looked at them suspiciously, and asked what the white things were. I didn’t realize marshmallows were so scary, lol!

  12. I made these yesterday and they are amazing! I love the sweet and salty combo and I love the whole mini marshmallows in the Rice Krispie Treat. I might do that in regular ones sometime, too. But this was a delicious and easy treat to make!

  13. I made these today and they turned out great. They don’t taste as caramel-y as I thought they would, but they taste better than regular Rice Krispie treats. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. These are super yummy and highly addictive. I made these to take to ladies that I needed to visit for my church job. They were a big hit. I love how easy they are to make.

  15. I’m just scrolling along my Bloglovin feed when up pops this title that says, “Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats,” and well, how can I not click on that?!! I did not need to have this idea in my head. I love rice crispy treats and I love caramel–and to marry the two will be my undoing! But I shall! Thank you 🙂

  16. Hello !!! I love your recipes (I became addicted to your web…) and I made this for my daughter’s birthday like Minnie Mouse Rice Krispies treats and they look fantastic and yummiest!! But I don’t know why after like maybe 30 min on the table they look so soft and melty … Maybe because too humid here in New York lately or it was me ??? Can you please help me !!! I’m making more today for another birthday party!!! Thanks!!

  17. These have become one of my very favorite treats!! I just wanted to just everyone know that as I went to make these again today, I realized I didn’t have any cream. After a quick Google search I tried making them with evaporated milk instead, and they turned out perfectly! I can’t taste a difference between the original recipe and these (although I don’t have a side by side to compare:). So anyway, if you don’t have cream, never fear! You can probably make these anyway;) thank goodness!!

  18. I’ve made these multiple times and love them!!! Last night I was making them and realized I didn’t have any cream, so after a quick Google search I substituted evaporated milk instead. They still turned out awesome, and I couldn’t tell the difference.

  19. OK, I have to say, these are absolutely delicious!!!! I made them yesterday, no changes to the recipe. They were devoured by my family, gone in no time at all. Highly recommend, so much better than plain old Rice Krispies treats. The salted caramel mixture is very gooey, and sticks to the bowl when you’re trying to transfer to your dish, but – trust me, these little guys are worth every bit of the trouble. Make them!

  20. These are awesome! It’s the only way I make Rice Krispie Treats now. I made them for July 4th this year using the special issue red, white and blue Krispies. So cute and evil good!!!

  21. I made these tonight for some friends we were having over, everyone asked what I did to them, because they tasted so much better than regular Rice Krispie treats! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Holy smokes…. Addictive.
    These little gems sure do fancy up Rice Krispie Squares. So good !!

  23. Kraft has a caramel vanilla flavored marshmallow out right now. I used them in the “sauce” and it was soooo good! These are the best Rice Krispy Treats ever!

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