Thursday, January 7, 2021

Salted Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats are a buttery, sweet and salty version of the classic crispy treat. You’ll love this no bake recipe!

titled image (and shown): Caramel Rice Krispie Treats (stacked 4 high)
There’s something extra special and irresistible about soft, chewy marshmallow treats. When you make a batch for a party or potluck, don’t expect to have anything but an empty pan to take home! 

Kids and adults of all ages love them. If you’re a fan of caramel desserts, be sure to also make our recipe for no-fail caramel sauce. It’s the perfect topping on a slice of ice cream bread, or to drizzle over brownies or blondies.

Ingredient notes for caramel rice krispie treats

  • Use unsalted butter- Although these are salted caramel crispy treats, it’s important to limit the amount of salt you add. Otherwise, the saltiness will overpower the sweetness. If all you have on hand is salted butter, use it, but omit the salt called for in this recipe.

  • Marshmallows- Mini marshmallows melt much faster and easier than standard size marshmallows. If you use the larger ones, you may want to cut them in half for easier melting.

    Need a gelatin-free marshmallow substitute? Dandies is a brand of vegan marshmallows, and not only do they taste like real marshmallows, but they melt perfectly too!

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats close up

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need: 9x13 Baking Dish
- This link leads to a set of two baking dishes. The 9x13-inch size is perfect for casseroles and the smaller size is awesome for making 1/2 a casserole recipe. 
Dutch Oven or Large Pot- Using a large pot allows you to combine the ingredients together without transferring them to a mixing bowl first. This means there are less dishes to wash!

Tips for making this rice krispie treat recipe

  • Use low heat. If you have trouble melting the marshmallow and butter mixture, the problem may be too much heat. When the temperature of the burner is too high, the marshmallows will melt, but then seize up and become rock hard.

    It's okay though- there is a solution! Just turn down the heat to low and after a minute or two, the marshmallows will begin to soften and melt again.
  • Need a smaller batch? To use an 8x8 or 9x9-inch pan, simply divide the recipe shown below in half.
  • Preventing sticky fingers- Melted marshmallows are very sticky. To prevent them from sticking to your fingers, spray a silicone spatula with non-stick cooking spray to gently press the treats into an even layer.

    Or, have some fun making your salted caramel rice krispie treats. Instead of a spatula, butter your hands and use them instead!

FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are my rice krispie treats hard?

A: Use a light hand. Caramel rice krispie treats are meant to be soft and airy. As you are spreading the mixture into the pan, avoid pressing it down too much. Otherwise, your krispie treats will become dense and rock hard.

Q: Do I need to refrigerate them?

A: No, you can store them at room temperature.
However, when you first make the rice krispie treat recipe, it does take a while for the treats to set up. To speed up the process, you can refrigerate the pan of marshmallow treats for about an hour.


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Yield: 24
4 marshmallow treats stacked on top of one another

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

These Caramel Rice Krispie Treats are a buttery, sweet and salty version of the classic crispy treat. You’ll love this no bake recipe!

Prep Time: 20 mins   Cook Time: Total time: 20 mins

  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter 
  • 20 ounces mini marshmallows (about 11 cups), divided 
  • 1 (11-ounce) bag caramel bits 
  • 8 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 2 tsp kosher salt 
  1. Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large ( 8 quart) pot over medium-low heat. Once butter is completely melted, add 7 cups of marshmallows and the caramel bits. Stir to combine. Stir occasionally until the marshmallows, and caramels melt completely. 
    Once the mixture is smooth and combined, add the cereal and salt. Stir to combine. Add the remaining 4 cups marshmallows. Stir until combined. 
  3. Scoop into your prepared baking dish. Gently press into your baking pan. The more you press them down, the denser they become. I love light and airy, ooey-gooey treats. So, press gently. 
    Cut treats and serve. Enjoy! 
  1. To make an 8"x8" or 9"x9" pan, simply divide the recipe in half. 
    I spray a silicone spatula with non-stick spray to gently press treats into an even layer, and it keeps the treats in the pan and not sticking to my spoon.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian

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This post was first published on October 4, 2016. The content was updated and republished on 1/7/2021.

stack of 4 caramel rice krispie treats on a white napkin 

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  1. Hi there! I could have sworn I've been to this blog before but after looking at a few of the posts I realized it's new to me.

    Anyhow, I'm definitely happy I stumbled upon it and I'll be book-marking it and checking back

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianNovember 4, 2017 at 3:36 PM

      Thanks so much! We are happy to have you! Enjoy!

  2. The link to the recipe is not working!!

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianApril 18, 2018 at 4:08 AM

      Hi Shelbie! Sorry for the inconvenience, the link is now posted above. Have a great day!

  3. Love Rice Krispie treats and really love caramel! Can't wait to try these.

    1. Absolutely the best ever!! I made them today . A huge hit. Easy and decadent my favorite things. Chock full of flavor. Will be making them again.

  4. When you say ‘caramel bits’ are you talking about skor bits or butterscotch chipits?


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