Browned Butter Cereal Bars

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + freezing Cook: 20 min. + cooling


5 dozen

Updated: Sep. 22, 2022
Crispy rice treats were one of the first recipes I ever made as a kid. For this version, I wanted to make something similar but more special. Friends and family think using Cap'n Crunch and browned butter is genius, but I just call them delicious.—Kelly Krauss, Lebanon, New Jersey
Browned Butter Cereal Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cups white fudge-covered miniature pretzels
  • 1 package (10 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 2 cups butter, cubed
  • 3 packages (10 ounces each) large marshmallows
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups Cap'n Crunch


  1. Line a 15x10x1-in. pan with parchment, letting ends extend over sides; set aside. Freeze pretzels, miniature marshmallows and baking chips 1 hour.
  2. Remove pretzels, marshmallows and baking chips from freezer; combine in a large bowl. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Heat 10-13 minutes or until golden brown, stirring constantly. Add large marshmallows; cook and stir until blended. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt.
  3. Stir in cereal until coated. Stir in pretzel mixture; transfer to prepared pan, pressing evenly with a buttered spatula. Cool completely.
  4. Lifting with parchment, remove cereal mixture from pan. Cut into bars. Store in airtight containers.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 186 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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