When it comes to snacks, I always choose sweet over salty. Steve is the opposite. When I saw this recipe for salted brown butter crispy treats (ok fine, not a snack, but a dessert), it seemed like the best of both worlds. Pretty easy to make (although waiting for butter to brown, not burn, took some focus) and really yummy too. I chose to use a little bit less cereal so that they would be extra marshmallow-y. And since I know my husband likes salt, I sprinkled a little extra sea salt on top too.
Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats
via Smitten Kitchen
makes 16 2 inch squares
1 stick unsalted butter, plus extra for the pan
1 10-ounce bag of marshmallows
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Butter (or coat with non-stick spray) an 8-inch square cake pan.
In a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. It will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Stir frequently, scraping up any bits from the bottom as you do.
As soon as the butter takes on a nutty color, turn the heat off and stir in the marshmallows. The residual heat from the melted butter should be enough to melt them, but if it is not, turn it back on low until the marshmallows are smooth.
Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the salt and cereal together. Quickly spread into prepared pan. Let cool.