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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Sweet Treats Saturday: Brown Butter Crispy Treats

Rice Krispy treats always make me think of the summer.  Though I never limit them to just one time of year... in fact, the reason this recipe is such a long time in coming is because I thought I had already shared it.  Apparently I hadn't, so I instantly whipped up a batch to share with you.  Let me just tell you, they were delicious.

They're so easy, taking under 10 minutes to throw together... no baking required, just one large pot and a large baking dish.  That's really all it takes.  A little arm action to get everything blended and you're done.

Brown Butter Crispy Treats
Recipe slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen
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4oz (1 stick) of unsalted butter
1 10oz bag of marshmallows (regular or mini)
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 cups rice crispy cereal
1/4 tsp sea salt

1. Butter or grease a 9x13" pan.

2. Melt stick of butter in a large pot, stirring until the butter starts to foam and develop a golden brown color.  You should smell a nice, nutty scent off of the butter.  Keep an eye on it because it'll burn fast.  As soon as your butter is a caramel color, turn off the heat and pour in the marshmallows and vanilla.  Stir until melted - you may need to turn the heat back on to low, especially if you used regular size marshmallows.

3.  As soon as the marshmallows are smooth, pour in the rice crispy cereal and sea salt.  Stir until combined then pour out into your baking dish.  Flatten with your spatula or hands (careful as it may be hot).  You can also take a lightly greased sheet of wax paper and press down on the top, but I didn't think it was necessary.

Let cool, cut, and enjoy!

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