>Grown-Up Rice Krispie Treats and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway


I was ten years old when I tasted my first Rice Krispie Treat.

It was Kathy Duffy, our favorite babysitter, who taught me how to make them one winter evening. Kathy was a rockstar babysitter, the type my sisters and I waited for in our pajamas eagerly by the door, wondering what new game or craft she would pull out of her giant floppy purse. One night she surprised me by pulling out something edible, a bag of cereal and some marshmallows, and with the addition of a little butter from our fridge, she showed us Frenchies how those three ingredients come together magically.

I gorged myself on that first batch of Rice Krispie treats. Hot from the pan, I licked them off my fingers, amazed that something so good hadn’t come out of a boulangerie.

Now my kids are the ones eating the Rice Krispie treats straight from the pan, making magic by bringing together marshmallows, butter, and Rice Krispies with a little heat. But this holiday season, I wanted to make Rice Krispie Treats my own again, by turning them into a grown-up treat.

I started with Smitten Kitchen’s salted brown butter version, as recommended to me by my friend Alma. Without this amazing recipe as a base, the ratios would have been all wrong. Then I added coconut and dark chocolate, two of my favorite dessert treats.

The result: a decadent grown-up Rice Krispie Treat. More gooey than traditional Rice Krispie treats. Every bite filled with rich caramel and dark chocolate overtones. I just wish I had a cookie exchange to attend this year to dazzle everyone with my creation!

I’m working with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies this December to inspire home cooks everywhere to create their own version of Rice Krispie treats this holiday season. To help spread the word, Kellogg’s has given me a $100 Visa gift card to give away to one of my readers.

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I’ll select the winner at random using Random.org after midnight on Tuesday, December 21. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, or their entry will be void and I will select another winner. There are 30 different Rice Krispie Treats $100 Gift Card Giveaways being coordinated by The Motherhood this December. You may only win one gift card across the 30 blogs.

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Good luck to everyone, and here is the recipe:

Very Grown Up Dark Chocolate and Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Makes 16 2-inch squares

1 stick of unsalted butter (4 oz), plus extra for the pan
1 10-ounce bag marshmallows
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal (about half a 12-ounce box)
3/4 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cups of shredded coconut (sweetened)

  1. Grease an 7×12 inch rectangular Pyrex pan with 2-inch sides. Line with plastic wrap that is three times as long as the pan. Leave the extra wrap hanging out of the pan.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Make sure you pick a large pot, or you will have a sticky mess of Rice Krispie overflow all over your counters and floor. The butter will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Use your nose to guide you! When it smells good, slightly nutty, and is a pretty golden brown, the butter is “noisette” and ready. Don’t wander off, because your browned butter can and will turn to burnt butter in less than a minute.
  3. As soon as the butter is ready, turn the heat off and stir in the marshmallows. If the warmth of the melted butter is not enough to melt the marshmallows, turn the heat back onto low to help it along and get the marshmallows smooth. But again, be careful not to burn the butter.
  4. Remove the pot from the stove. Pour the salt, Rice Krispies, coconut and chocolate chips on top of the melted marshmallows. Take a deep breath and get ready to work stirring. This is the hardest part of the process as you’ll have to burn off a little sweat equity stirring the pot.
  5. Quickly spread the mixture into the greased pan, on top of the plastic wrap. Then cover the top of the treats with the extra plastic wrap, and press in the mixture as hard as you can. I even like to use a small pot to push it in smoothly. 
  6. Cool at room temperature, or if you have some impatient kids (or adults) in the fridge. 
  7. Store in airtight container. Will keep for 3-4 days.

77 Responses to >Grown-Up Rice Krispie Treats and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

  1. Danielle says:

    >I love freshly made original treats dipped in chocolate.

  2. Anonymous says:

    >I love them for breakfast with bananas!
    I follow you on twitter(GiveawayCity)
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  3. Kristin says:

    >I am so glad I saw this. For some reason I wasn't a fan, yet, on FB! But, now I am!!!

  4. Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious says:

    >I love my Rice Krispy Treats with the browned butter, and with a chocolate chip placed atop each piece!

  5. Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious says:

    >I follow you on Twitter!

  6. Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) says:

    >I have never experimented with rice krispie treats beyond the original recipe. Your adult version looks fantastic and maybe I'll try it soon.


  7. Tj and Amy says:

    >i love it dipped in melted chocolate. amypugmire@live.com

  8. Tj and Amy says:

    >i follow u on twitter. 1amypugmire. amypugmire@live.com

  9. Tj and Amy says:

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  10. Garima says:

    >I use rice Crispies for a lot of variations.. one of my favorite is a spiced verion for the Indian Palate:

    Needless to say, my packet of rice crispies get over very soon!

  11. Christine Jensen says:

    >I have never made them any way but the original..boring, I know! I am going to have to try yours now…they sound so good!

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

  12. Magpie says:

    >Mmm – I love that recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I also sometimes get them from the gym across the street – they're just perfect and really thick.

  13. Magpie says:

    >And yes, I'm subscribed :)

  14. tawnda says:

    >I have yet to meet a Rice Krispie Treat I didn't l?ve!… though, I must say… chocolate chip Rice Krispie Treats are my current fav…

  15. tawnda says:

    >tawndam now Follows @Frenchfoodiemom on Twitter

  16. tawnda says:

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  17. tawnda says:

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  18. tawnda says:

    >rss subscriber

  19. Wendy says:

    >I like mine best straight up, but they're nice with M&M's mixed in too.

  20. NathG says:

    >These are sure great ideas! Thank you! I have to share that I have been saving on ingredients. I found an auction website that auctions off pre paid Visas, and giftcards for major department stores. I bought a $100 Walmart giftcard for $8.50!

  21. Anonymous says:

    >I like to add peanut butter and chocolate. I follow you on Twitter.

  22. Doug says:

    >I add chocolate chips.

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  23. Mami2jcn says:

    >I like to add M & M's to my rice krispies treats.

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  24. Mami2jcn says:

    >I follow you on Twitter (@mami2jcn)

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  25. Mami2jcn says:

    >I like you on Facebook- Mary Happymommy

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  26. Mami2jcn says:

    >I subscribe to your emails.

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  27. sodahoney says:

    I follow on tweeter @sodahoney
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  28. the Crave to Save says:

    >I love my treats drizzled with melted chocolate!

    gina.m.maddox AT gmail.com

  29. Emily says:

    >I tasted these today and they were amazing!

    I have always been grateful to Rice Krispie treats because back when my daughter couldn't eat wheat, egg or dairy, we could make her dairy-free RKT using margarine as a dessert.

  30. traci smith says:

    >i like my rice krispies with chocolate in them

  31. traci smith says:

    >follow on twitter as tracisme123

  32. traci smith says:

    >like your fan page , traci smith

  33. traci smith says:

    >i'm a subscriber

  34. Some Lucky Dog says:

    >following you on twitter (someluckydog)
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  35. debbie says:

    >I like to drizzle white chocolate on them and crushed candy canes.

  36. Jackie says:

    >I've only had original Rice Krispie Treats…which I love, but I've also made them with Cocoa Krispies. Thanks!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  37. Jackie says:

    >I subscribe via email
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  38. Bonnie says:

    >I spread my krispies with strawberry jelly

  39. jenv says:

    >I like mine with peanut butter mixed in. Thanks! jenalber @ hotmail dot com

  40. tristatecruisers says:

    >I like my Rice Krispie treats with mini chocolate chips and holiday sprinkles on top–YUM!! :)

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  41. tristatecruisers says:

    >like you on FB :)

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  42. Ellen C. says:

    >I like mine with peanut butter. I'm a subscriber. Thanks!

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  43. Jenny Sunshine says:

    >I saw it on a blog this summer and haven't made them any other way since- Instead of adding PB to the bitter and marshmellows- I scoop some Nutella in there- it's AWESOME!!! Sort of reminds me of a tootsie roll… I think I need to go make some right now…

  44. Carol W. says:

    >I subscribe by email. Yum yum to your recipe!


  45. Milcah says:

    >I like mine with chocolate chips. My mom once made some that had several varieties of nuts and oatmeal, kinda trail mix style that were pretty good too.

  46. Milcah says:

    >Following Frenchfoodiemom on Twitter

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    >Like you on Facebook

  48. Bethany says:

    >I like them with peanutbutter in them

  49. Milcah says:

    >Subscribed to you via RSS

  50. Kim says:

    >I like to have my Rice Krispie treats with chocolate chips!

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  51. Minde Mills says:

    >I like my Rice Krispie treats with melted chocolate/butterscotch chips on top. yummy!

  52. Anne says:

    >I like original rice krispie treats, although they do taste good with added chocolate chips.
    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  53. bison61 says:

    >I like my Rice Krispie treats frosted with melted hershey bars

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  54. VickeC says:

    >Follow @Frenchfoodiemom on Twitter


  55. ~dab says:

    >My son likes them with M&Ms mixed in.

  56. Chris says:

    >I follow you on twitter as @stickyprints

    by the way, I made these today…soooo good!

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

  57. Christine Jensen says:

    >Sorry I forgot to change my user in that comment above. my first comment was made as Christine Jensen and then I commented as Chris…

    I also tweeted


  58. tattgiff says:

    >i just throw in some white choc chips and enjowy with soy milk!
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  59. tattgiff says:

    >new fb fan
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  60. Tawnya says:

    >I follow you on twitter!
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  61. Lexiquin says:

    >I like the original recipe for Rice Krispies Treats the best. Thanks for the giveaway.

  62. Carissa(GoodNCrazy) says:

    >Grown up eh?? LOVE it!

    My fave are with butterscotch chips in there!! YUM!

  63. 22bmommy2 says:

    >I like the Treats with Chocolate in them! Yum! :-)

  64. Tamara says:

    >I like them plain or with peanut butter and chocolate.
    I think that my kids would enjoy your recipe. They would just love coconut in their Rice Krispies treats.

  65. Silicon Valley Diva says:

    >Hmm…for some reason my comments aren't going through:-). Anyhow, i've tried the original receipe but now i'm inspired to try butterscotch chips or toffee.

  66. Pixel Berry Pie Designs says:

    >I like the regular Rice Krispies treats…but a little dab of peanut butter is something I love in the mix.

  67. Amy says:

    >I like my Krispie Treats as is, using the same plain recipe that I've made since childhood. They're addictive.

    I follow you on twitter @amylou61

  68. Betty C says:

    >I usually just make mine the plain style but these recipes are intriguing. I follow @Frenchfoodiemom on twitter as willitara.

  69. Janet and Maya says:

    >My favorite rice krispie treats are my mom's recipe … memories baked right in!

    They are traditional with added green food coloring and decorated with red cinnamon dots.

    janetandmaya at yahoo dot com

  70. Jinxy and Me says:

    >I love peanut butter Rice Krispies Treats (made with pb, karo syrup and sugar) topped with chocolate! YUM!

    nesta 67 {at} live dot com

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