I must admit that I haven’t made these in a while and I’m not entirely sure why. I tried them for the first time last year and they were a huge hit within my circle of friends. One friend who really enjoyed them was celebrating his birthday this week and I knew my mission was to make this fun treat to accompany his gift.
Some would say that he’s an odd duck since he prefers his sweets to be of the non-chocolate variety and I can relate to that. The best way to describe these bars: they’re elevated Rice Krispie treats. They don’t contain a lick of chocolate, but they have a richer taste from the extra butter and the extra time spent browning the butter.
Read on for possibly the best tasting Krispie treats you’ve ever had!
Aside from the flavor, the best part about these treats is that they’re so easy to make just like the original recipe. It may take you an extra 5-10 minutes to brown the butter, but that time spent will be worth it once you take your first bite.
To make these extra festive, I added rainbow-colored sprinkles after spreading the mixture into the pan and before pressing it down to cool. The results looked like what my husband called a “sprinkle party” and made my friend grin like a Cheshire Cat once he saw them. Mission accomplished.
Brown Butter Krispie Treats
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Makes: 16 2-inch squares, Difficulty: Beginner
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 10 ounces mini marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt (optional)
Lightly grease a 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray or butter.
In a 4 quart pot or larger, melt butter over medium heat. It will melt and slightly foam, then turn clear golden. About 3-5 minutes in, it will start to turn brown and smell nutty. Stir constantly to make sure the butter does not burn.
As soon as the butter is a rich brown color and smells nutty, turn the heat off and stir in the marshmallows. Continue to stir until the marshmallows are smooth.
Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cereal (and salt, if using). Quickly spread the mixture into your prepared pan. Use a piece of greased wax or parchment paper to press the mixture into the pan.
Let cool completely on a wire rack, then cut into squares.
- Note: You can turn these into a sweet and salty treat by adding a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt with the cereal. I recommend trying it because it’s amazing.