It’s good to keep a few recipes in your arsenal that are no stress, can always be found in your pantry, and impressive AF. This is mine – Salted Brown Butter Krispie Treats. The perfect treat to whip up for a friend’s birthday, block party, or spontaneous movie night.
The two elements in this recipe’s namesake – Salt and Brown Butter – help to breathe new life into this somewhat elementary snack. Brown butter – with it’s nutty flavor and aroma – is a magical secret ingredient that will noticeably enhance any sweet or savory recipe. The flaky sea salt offsets the sweetness of the marshmallow and give a bit of a bite to the treat. (in my opinion, adding flaky sea salt is always a good idea).
The recipes comes together in a just a few quick steps, and then sets at room temp in an 8-inch square pan (this one is my go to for all bars). Great for sharing…or for eating on your couch while watching Bridesmaids. Just saying..
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- 4 ounces (113 grams) unsalted butter
- 1 10-ounce (285-gram) bag marshmallows
- 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
- 6 cups (160 grams) rice krispy cereal
- Prepare an 8-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, so that the paper overhangs all four sides. This will make removing and serving bars easier.
- In a large pot on the stove, melt butter over medium-low heat. As it melts, it will begin to foam and turn golden brown. Stir the melted butter frequently, scraping up the bits on the bottom, until the color darkens and gives off a nutty fragrance - about 90 seconds in total. Be sure to stir constantly and keep the heat low, or else the butter can quickly over-brown and become burned.
- Once the butter reaches the nutty brown color, reduce heat to low and add the marshmallows, stiring gently to melt.
- Turn off heat and fold in the cereal and salt until evenly combined.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread into all four corners. Using a piece of parchment paper, press the top of the mixture to create a flat top and bars that are dense.
- Let cool at room temperature, then cut into squares.
- If you like bigger pockets of marshmallows, add an additional 1/2 cup of marshmallows to the mixture with the cereal and salt. These won't melt completely and will create softer bars.
- I love bold salty sweets, but reduce the amount of salt if you want a more subtle flavor.