Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

I am not a fancy person.
We don’t sit on upholstered dining chairs for three course meals.
We don’t use cloth napkins..unless someone else is doing the laundry.
We are paper napkin folks.  Paper napkins and 30 minute meals.
That’s us.
I understand, though, that “fancy” is a fairly relative adjective.
Ask me to dress fancy and I will put on my dark wash jeans and some earrings.
Where-as I am sure for some of you “pulled-together” ladies, my fancy is your casual.
I will spare you the gory details of my casual…it’s not cute.
So this dessert is MY version of fancy.
Only here will the word fancy and krispie treat be used in the same sentence.
That’s me.  Elastic pants and all.
Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats
1/4 cup salted butter
1 (10.5) oz bag mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Spray 9×9 pan with non-stick spray.
Over med-low heat melt your butter.
Once your butter is melted, continue to cook until butter starts to brown.
It will turn a golden brown color and develop a nutty aroma.
Be careful not to burn.  Once the butter begins to brown it can burn quickly.
Stir up any brown bits.
Add the marshmallows and pumpkin pie spice.
Stir until marshmallows are melted.
Remove from heat and stir in rice krispies.
When mixed spread the krispie mixture in your prepared pan.
Spray a sheet of wax paper or parchment with non-stick spray and gently press the krispies down evenly.
Let cool for 30 minutes and then cut into squares.
So, I couldn’t just let them be…you know how I am.
I had to make them a little cute.
So, I cut them out using a pumpkin cookie cutter.
And how sad…the scraps left over.
I should eat them…waste not, right?
I dipped the top into some orange candy melts and added some eyes and a mouth with icing.
I just happened to have some black sugar sprinkles in the pantry…so, why not…sprinkle eyes!
I will tell you that the browned butter totally makes a difference.  A yummy difference.  It’s worth the extra 5 minutes.  Plus, it makes them fancy.
And we could all use a bit of fancy every now and then.
Happy Monday!

Fancy Shmancy Krispies
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 1 (10.5) oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  1. Spray 9x9 pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Over med-low heat melt your butter.
  3. Once your butter is melted, continue to cook until butter starts to brown.
  4. It will turn a golden brown color and develop a nutty aroma.
  5. Be careful not to burn. Once the butter begins to brown it can burn quickly.
  6. Stir up any brown bits.
  7. Add the marshmallows and pumpkin pie spice.
  8. Stir until marshmallows are melted.
  9. Remove from heat and stir in rice krispies.
  10. When mixed spread the krispie mixture in your prepared pan.
  11. Spray a sheet of wax paper or parchment with non-stick spray and gently press the krispies down evenly.
  12. Let cool for 30 minutes and then cut into squares.

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October 18, 2010 11:39 pm

Aww, how cute! Thanks for sharing your idea. Also, do you have any good tips on how to clean the pan after making these rice krispies? I always find the pan sooo hard to clean, it takes forever! Thank you. :)

cookies and cups
October 18, 2010 11:41 pm

Thanks Esther ~
I use non-stick spray for the pan, but for the pot I use HOT HOT water and it works great for me. Oh, and soap, of course :)

Becki D
October 18, 2010 11:46 pm

I loove the way you think, lady! Think I'll make mine just browned butter krispies though…I'm the only "foodie" who doesn't like pumpkin, I think.

Oh, and your fancy is totally my fancy, too. Dark wash jeans totally count if you wear them with heels. Right? Right!

October 18, 2010 11:48 pm

Ooooh! These look so fab!

And I am your kind of fancy. Dressing up kills me. :)

October 19, 2010 12:03 am

They're very cute! Kids would love to help with these.

October 19, 2010 12:12 am

Adorably YUM! :-)

What did you put on the pumpkin before sprinkling the sprinkles to make the face? Just regular frosting in a tube perhaps?

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet
October 19, 2010 12:32 am

An awesome display of fanciness! I am however shocked to hear that putting on darker jeans and earrings isn't considered fancy everywhere :/ I wonder if I am ever truly fancy now 😛

October 19, 2010 12:55 am

From one non fancy girl to another..these sure do look fancy!!! lol

October 19, 2010 12:57 am

This is plenty fancy for me! How adorable. I love the smell and the taste of browned butter…and who doesn't love rice krispies? You did an excellent job decorating. Just beautiful.

October 19, 2010 1:17 am

You are too funny! I am not fancy either. My idea of fancy dressing is the same as

I do have to say that those are definitely pretty fancy krispie treats. You are so creative to have thought to put pumpkin spice in them. Great fall idea:)

October 19, 2010 1:48 am

I'll say these are fancy! I know the browned butter and pumpkin pie spice must have made these a lot more delicious! They're cute too!

October 19, 2010 1:54 am

Those are so cute!! Perfect for halloween/fall too. I'm probably the opposite of you. I always wear jewelrey and heels with skinny jeans. But even my casual jeans with flip flops looks kinda fancy sometimes(:

October 19, 2010 2:27 am

Those are great! I never would have thought to put pumpkin spice in rice crispy treats but I'm not very fancy either =o) But this is fancy alright! Love it!

bridget {bake at 350}
October 19, 2010 2:40 am

These sound pretty darn fancy!!! Browned butter….ooo, la, la!

October 19, 2010 2:44 am

I've gotta have some of these now. Everything about them says that these are the ultimate krispie treats.

Susan Crabtree
October 19, 2010 2:59 am

super cute & sounds soooo yummy!

October 19, 2010 3:34 am

How fun! Thanks for the post :) Can't wait to try them out with the kiddos next week!

Diane {}
October 19, 2010 4:03 am

Super cute!!!
Dark jeans are fancy to me too :)if I have to put shoes on other than crocs or flipflops, I'm dressed UP!!!

October 19, 2010 4:13 am

oh these are super cute…AND fancy!!! I love the cute pumpkin face!

October 19, 2010 7:47 am

So, so cute :O) Thanks for sharing!

October 19, 2010 1:16 pm

These are so fun! I just bought that cookie cutter too, hehe!

Julie Bagamary
October 19, 2010 2:41 pm

These look yummy. I've made them heart shaped for Valentine's Day. And the "scraps" can be reheated in the microwave to create more.

October 19, 2010 3:31 pm

I've been meaning to make these…saw something similar on Smitten Kitchen a while back and saved it. You've made them into neat Halloween treats….so cute!

Sweet Sins
October 19, 2010 4:27 pm

Woman these look amazing!!! YUM YUM I love it!! I want to go home and make them right now! I love a krispy treat… but I have never had a fancy one!

October 19, 2010 5:29 pm

I say there is always a time and a place for elastic pants. And rice krispies treats. Sometimes those times and places happen to be all the time everywhere. Except maybe for dinner at a multi-starred restaurant.

I love that these are pumpkin-spiced! How cute.

October 19, 2010 5:41 pm

you are so creative:) these look too cute to eat.

October 19, 2010 6:21 pm

These are fancy indeed. Perfect for my gang of rice krispie treat lovers.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
October 19, 2010 6:36 pm

Hehehe. Adorable. And I much prefer a homey stlye thing than those pretentious fancy things anyway :)

October 19, 2010 7:25 pm

Browned butter rocks and you are a total goddess for thinking about using it in Rice Krispies!! Uh, genius!! I can't wait to try!

October 19, 2010 7:54 pm

These are adorable! And I have candy melts and black sprinkles…and I love browned butter! It works magic.

October 19, 2010 8:22 pm

Ohhh that is so cute.

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef
October 19, 2010 8:34 pm

Ha! We must have been on the same wave length yesterday. You said you weren't fancy shmancy and I said in my blog post that I'm not always cutesy wootsey/perfect. lol (These ARE cutesy wootsey, but in the good way.) :)

October 19, 2010 9:54 pm

What a great idea! Your fancy sounds like my fancy. And I LOVE my elastic pants…especially around this time of year. Thanks for sharing all your good ideas.

Kate H.
October 19, 2010 10:23 pm

I've never made rice krispies with brown butter but that sounds delicious! Cutting them out in the shape of pumpkin is even cuter! Do you cut them out while the mixture is wet or wait for it to dry?

Baking Monster
October 19, 2010 10:43 pm

I never would have thought to put spices, what a grand idea!

naomi {@bakersroyale}
October 19, 2010 10:57 pm

What do you mean-I love your fancied up version of a rice krispy made with brown butter!

October 20, 2010 2:27 am

lol, I love brown butter rice krispy treats(w/a good helping of coarse sea salt!) but adding some pumpkin pie spice now that's really kickin' it up.

October 20, 2010 5:13 am

Those look really yummy. Love rice krispies treats.

marla {Family Fresh Cooking}
October 20, 2010 10:52 pm

These Rice Krispie treats are adorable, so fun for Halloween parties. The pumpkin pie spice is a great addition.

October 21, 2010 2:54 am

Looks fancy to me! I always look forward to your posts to see what you have to say, knowing I will agree with you. lol. These are great and perfect for the kids for Halloween.

October 21, 2010 3:35 am

Talk about elevating a dessert! These look incredible.

October 21, 2010 7:22 am

It is like you know what I want to make sometimes! I just made a trip over to London and I found Rice Krispies there. I bought two family sized boxes and carted them back over to the Netherlands so that I could make some Rice Krispy Treats (don't even get me started on what they don't have here). Now these are definitely fancy shmancy and I just might put on dark washed jeans and earings to eat them :)

October 21, 2010 8:34 am

you can do just about anything with the basic rice krispies recipe, but i never would've thought to go in this direction. brilliant!

October 21, 2010 2:45 pm

Ha ha ha! You and I would get along great in our sweatpants! LOL

Chef Bee
October 21, 2010 6:25 pm

Very cute and I bet tasty too.

Plan B

October 21, 2010 7:16 pm


When I eat these, can I wear an ascot and hold my pinky in the air?

I am assuming that will be not only totally fine, but expected.

Thanks for another Krispie recipe!! I am a firm believer that one can never have too many. YUM!!! :)

October 21, 2010 7:57 pm

Great tip on using browned butter–my French friends are having their first taste of Rice Krispies Treats this Saturday and I'm definitely trying it out!

Monica H
October 22, 2010 6:34 am

cute and yummY!

My fancy clothing is very much like yours 😉

Jenn Erickson
November 4, 2010 11:40 pm

You had me at "browned butter"!


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