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Brown Butter Rice Krispies

June 29, 2020

Chewy, gooey goodness! Who doesn’t love homemade rice krispies? This super-simple brown butter version makes them even more delicious!

This is an “elevated” version of my childhood favorite snack. Now, eating the prepackaged Rice Krispies Treats taste a little too sweet to me, so this is a toned down, buttery, cozy version. I love this recipe so much that I’m often eating off the spatula before the treats have actually cooled down.

I like to use this recipe as a base for customizing the rice krispies treats. For some color, I like to add the dehydrated marshmallows from Lucky Charms. I honestly just pick them out of the cereal since I always have it at home, but you can also buy just the colored marshmallows on Amazon! Adding some cut up chocolate bars or other chocolate candies would also be delicious!

The recipe is super simple with only 4 ingredients and it’s extremely easy to adjust the ratios to fit what you like. I LOVE chewy desserts, so I opt for 5 cups of the Rice Krispies cereal to get the chewiness I love. However, if you prefer a crunchier treat, then simply add a few more cups of the cereal. If you want it even chewier, add a little less.

I highly suggest using salted butter. It really does add flavor depth and won’t make the treats too salty tasting! If you only have unsalted butter at home, I suggest adding 1/4 tsp salt when the butter is done browning to make sure the salt incorporates evenly, then adding in the marshmallows to melt.

Brown Butter Rice Krispies

 


Tiffany AngelaAuthorTiffany AngelaCategoryAmericanDifficultyBeginner


The most addicting and yummy version of a childhood favorite. This super simple recipe with brown butter really takes the treats to the next level!

Yields16 Servings
Cook Time15 minsTotal Time15 mins


Ingredients
 8 tbsp (1/2 cup) salted butter
 1 bag (10 oz) mini marshmallows

Directions
1

In a separate bowl, take out a handful of the mini marshmallows and set aside. Line a 9x13 inch tray with parchment paper.

2

In a large non-stick pot or pan, melt the butter over medium heat. If you are worried about burning the butter, using a pan with a light interior (like a Dutch oven) will help you see the color. Once the butter is completely melted, monitor the color and aroma until the butter has browned. When it starts foaming, swirl the pan around every 15-20 seconds to make sure the butter browns evenly. Do this until butter darkens and the aroma is nutty. A little sediment formation is fine, but if a lot of black sediment forms, you can use a sieve to filter it out. This process takes about 5 minutes on medium heat, but since every stove is different, keep a close watch once the butter melts to avoid burning.

3

Once the butter is done browning, turn off the heat. Add the salt and the bag of mini marshmallows (do not add the ones we set aside in the beginning). Using a wooden spatula, stir the marshmallows in with the butter until most has melted but there are still some marshmallow lumps.

4

Add in the 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal and remaining mini marshmallows that were set aside to the pan and mix until evenly combined. If you are using any add-ins like decorative marshmallows, other cereal, or chocolate, now would be the time to add it in as well.

5

Transfer the Rice Krispies mixture into the lined tray and distribute evenly. Use the wooden spatula to gently pat down until even. The more you compact you pat it down, the denser the treats will be, so pat down to your density preference.

6

Let cool for ~1 hour or until firm enough to cut without sticking onto the knife. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Ingredients
 8 tbsp (1/2 cup) salted butter
 1 bag (10 oz) mini marshmallows

Directions

Directions
1

In a separate bowl, take out a handful of the mini marshmallows and set aside. Line a 9x13 inch tray with parchment paper.

2

In a large non-stick pot or pan, melt the butter over medium heat. If you are worried about burning the butter, using a pan with a light interior (like a Dutch oven) will help you see the color. Once the butter is completely melted, monitor the color and aroma until the butter has browned. When it starts foaming, swirl the pan around every 15-20 seconds to make sure the butter browns evenly. Do this until butter darkens and the aroma is nutty. A little sediment formation is fine, but if a lot of black sediment forms, you can use a sieve to filter it out. This process takes about 5 minutes on medium heat, but since every stove is different, keep a close watch once the butter melts to avoid burning.

3

Once the butter is done browning, turn off the heat. Add the salt and the bag of mini marshmallows (do not add the ones we set aside in the beginning). Using a wooden spatula, stir the marshmallows in with the butter until most has melted but there are still some marshmallow lumps.

4

Add in the 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal and remaining mini marshmallows that were set aside to the pan and mix until evenly combined. If you are using any add-ins like decorative marshmallows, other cereal, or chocolate, now would be the time to add it in as well.

5

Transfer the Rice Krispies mixture into the lined tray and distribute evenly. Use the wooden spatula to gently pat down until even. The more you compact you pat it down, the denser the treats will be, so pat down to your density preference.

6

Let cool for ~1 hour or until firm enough to cut without sticking onto the knife. Enjoy!

Brown Butter Rice Krispies

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