Chocolate Covered Brown Butter Krispie Treats! You don’t need to be a baker to make these deliciously EASY homemade krispie treats. These bars require no oven time, use just 7 pantry staple ingredients, are made without extra sugars, and take almost no effort to make. They’re sweet, salty, peanutty, extra chocolatey, and just a little bit addicting. Best part? They’re fun to make no matter what your age. The perfect treat to bring along to your next summer party.
This week could not have needed these bars more. It’s been long and hard and definitely requires chocolate. Do you ever have those weeks when almost nothing goes right? That was 100% this week, but it’s OK, I know it happens. I also know that life could be a million and one times worse. So instead of complaining, I’m just going to focus on these chocolate bars that I really love so much.
It’s Friday, so keeping things short and sweet today, because honestly, we should all get off the computer (or phone) and do something outside. Spend time with your favorite human, favorite animal, or bake something your love.
I’d suggest all 3 things and in the order listed. Time outside to get some fresh air, then find your favorite human (calling little sister, Asher), favorite animal (come on Merle), and bake up something GOOD together. Preferably these bars, which are actually NO BAKE. Which is cool, because the days are heating up (not so much for us…enter my giant side-eye glare). It’s that time of year when no-bake desserts are ideal.
Yes, this time of year always has me inspired to create simpler recipes. Like the ones my mom would make when I was a kid. Her go-to summer dessert was her Special K-Bars (updated recipe can be found in the HBH cookbook). They are so easy and a true crowd pleaser. Nothing not to love about a no-bake chocolate peanut butter bar. So I decided to make my own version.
Enter my chocolate covered brown butter krispie treats.
Here’s the quick rundown…
These treats require 7 ingredients that you probably have in your pantry at this very moment: butter, honey, maple, peanut butter, brown rice crisps, chocolate chips, and pretzels. Maybe not the brown rice crisps, I like to use these healthier crisps.
They take maybe 10 minutes to put together, an hour to set up and chill, and .5 seconds to devour.
There is also browned butter involved, which kind of puts these treats over the top. Meaning they’re better than any other. Slightly healthier too because there’s no marshmallows or processed sugars. Instead, I like to use a mix of raw honey and real maple syrup.
Peanut butter helps hold them together…and make them extra delicious. If you can’t do peanut butter… almond butter, cashew butter, or sunbutter are all equally great options.
There’s a very thick layer of dark chocolate on top. It’s perfection in every which way. If you wanted, you could use semi-sweet or milk chocolate too. Make a krispie treat you love.
They have a touch of crunch and salt from the pretzels. Which are not a must, but a delicious addition in my opinion.
And you know what? They’re really simple, really easy, and really good!
What I love most about these bars is that they take me back to being a kid. They’re not classic rice krispie treats, but they have some similarities, and most importantly, they taste so good. The saltiness from the pretzels makes them a touch addicting. But since these are the “healthier” version of the classic krispie treat, that’s OK. It’s also the weekend, so we can live a little. Just get outside and get moving!
I’m already planning to make these all summer long. They’ll be great for making ahead of time and taking to picnics and potluck dinners with friends.
My one piece of advice? Double the recipe, these are always the first to disappear at every party.
If you make these chocolate covered brown butter krispie treats, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Chocolate Covered Brown Butter Krispie Treats
Calories Per Serving: 1350 kcal
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- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) salted butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup real maple syrup
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 5 1/3 cups brown rice krispies
- 8-12 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted
- 20-24 pretzel twists
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- 1. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper. 2. Add the butter to a large pot set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown lightly until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir often. Remove from the heat and add the honey, maple, and peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Stir in the brown rice krispies, tossing well to combine. Spread the mix out into the prepared pan, packing it in tightly. 3. Melt the chocolate chips and pour the melted chocolate over the bars, spreading in an even layer. Press the pretzels into the chocolate. Transfer the bars to the fridge and chill 1 hour or until set. Remove from the fridge 10-15 minutes before cutting. Cut into bars and serve! Store in the fridge.
I just made these for nurses week and they were a HIT. I was very worried that they would fall apart since there isn’t a marshmallow glue so I decided to use chocolate on both sides. I honestly don’t think it needed it, the rice krispies were holding on together very well when I flipped them over.
The literal easiest recipe to whip up when you don’t want to bake. The flavor was super decadent and rich and peanutty and almost caramelly because of the brown butter/maple syrup/honey combo?….I would probably use a little flaky sea salt next time across the top, and maybe just a wee bit more rice krispies.
Awesome!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Thanks for sharing your feedback! xx
Perfect football game treat!
Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!? xTieghan
Couldn’t find Rice Krispies, got Cheerios instead. Wonder if the amount to substitute is the same?
HI! Yes, same ratios and that will be delicious!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan
This recipe needs some adjustments. Pouring melted chocolate over the hot rice krispie slice just makes a huge mess. If you attempt this, cool the rice krispies first once set in pan then, once cool, pour the chocolate over and cool again. Also, the metro conversion is wrong. 5 1/3 cups of rice krispie does not equal 1 kilo.
Thank you Casey! I will look into adjustments, but it has worked great for me! xTieghan
Mine fell apart too 🙁
I used Trader Joe’s Peanut butter, TJ’s maple syrup and TJ’s honey….. love the idea of the “healthier” option… just feel that marshmallows hold everything together better. Thanks for all of your recipes!
I am sorry to hear that Lo! Is there any questions I could help you with? Also, so glad you love my recipes! xTieghan
The taste is good, I enjoyed the sweet and salty aspect that the pretzels add. My biggest complaint is that the bar falls apart almost immediately after you take a bite. The krispy layer needs something else to keep it together.
Hi Claire! I am really glad these tasted amazing for you! Are there any questions about what may have gone wrong in the recipe? Please let me know! xTieghan
Just made these tonight and my salt tooth boyfriend was in heaven! I omitted a half cup of the cereal and I think that maybe helped my bars set well. I found the recipe to be pretty foolproof! Thanks for another knockout recipe!
I am so glad you loved these Denise!! Thank you so much! xTieghan
These sound delicious!
Do you think I can sub vegan butter?
Hey Karen! I have not tested it so I can’t say for sure, but I would think vegan butter will be just fine. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
The chocolate just seeped right through the rice crispies when I made this so it looks nothing like the picture ?Maybe I’ve missed something but I might try letting the rice crispies cool conpletely before pouring on the melted chocolate next time!
HI there! The rice krispies should be firm before you add the chocolate. Where they not press firmly into the pan? Any details on how you made these would be helpful so I can figure out what might be happening. So sorry you are having trouble! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you! xTieghan