April 9, 2011

Crispy Treats

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.


  1. these look so yummy! Chris and I are like you guys I have an insane sweet tooth but he prefers salt - I might have to try this recipe, thanks for sharing!!

  2. Those look great! I have a chocolate tooth so was just imagining them dipped in dark chocolate. And maybe caramel. Is that too much? :)

  3. Right up my alley (Salty tooth over here), but alisha's ideas sound really yummy too!

  4. I ran across this recipe a while back and it is, hands down, my favorite!! Browning the butter and adding a little extra salt is pure genius! They are sweet/salt perfection!

  5. Leta & I just made a batch- ever since I saw your picture I couldn't get hte idea out of my head. so much better than just normal ones! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. These look so yummy! Thank you for the sharing the recipe!