Thursday, January 30, 2014

Making a classic even better

When my friend Ellen told me about Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook, I was immediately intrigued.  It seems so simple but browning the butter (and using more) and adding some coarse kosher salt made these even better.  Reflecting upon what happened to that pan of Rice Krispy treats makes me realize I probably was  better off not knowing about these changes!

It's been a busy month or so and the blog is suffering for it.  So, in case I don't post again until Valentine's Day, here's my idea of making treats for my daughter's class:  I want to cut skinny rectangles of Rice Krispy treats, dip the ends in melted chocolate and then put red sprinkles on the chocolate part . . . we'll see if that materializes.

In the meantime, go Broncos!!

Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats (makes a 9x9 pan)
from Smitten Kitchen

1 stick (1/2 c) unsalted butter
10 oz marshmallows (I like the small ones because they melt more evenly)
heaping 1/4 tsp. of coarse sea salt
6 c. Rice Krispies cereal

Butter (or coat with nonstick spray) a 9x9 pan.  In a large heavy bottomed pot, melt butter over medium-low heat.  After it's melted, it will foam before turning a clear golden color and then it will finally start to turn brown.  Stir frequently and keep a close eye on it because as soon as it starts to get brown and smell nutty is when you want to turn the heat off before it burns.  When you turn the heat off, stir in the marshmallows and continue to stir until the marshmallows are smooth and melted.

Still off heat, stir in the salt and cereal together and spread into the prepared pan.  I use a spatula to pack it evenly in the pan - be careful with the hot mixture!  Let it cool before cutting into squares.


  1. I wish I lived next door to your test kitchen. On second thought, maybe it's good I don't.

  2. I just made regular treats this weekend... this version sounds great, I love salt! Are you at all concerned that the kids won't like it? It sounds like just enough, wondering if classmates will think it's a trick :)

    1. The salt is still pretty subtle - I though of even adding a little more than this amount next time. My kids loved them!