Brown Butter Crispy Rice Treats

Crispy rice treats feature the best effort-to-reward ratio ever. But these crispy rice treats are elevated to a whole new level with this amazing thing called brown butter. The extra five minutes of cooking time, spent watching butter fulfill its potential, will be completely worth it, I promise.

Brown Butter Crispy Rice Treats

Welcome to Our Happy Mess! I’m Ann, avid home cook and baker, wife to a great guy, and mom to a wonderful 17 month old boy named Jack. Life around here is 9-5 jobs for my husband and I, followed by the frantic rush of daycare pick-up, feeding, bath time and bedtime. Usually followed by dinner on the couch combined with glassy-eyed Netflix-watching, counting the minutes till we can crash and do it all over again.

Sound depressing? It’s not! Our days are full of joyful moments and laughter, no matter how hard it gets sometimes. And it does get hard. As much as anyone else, I couldn’t wait for the roller coaster that was 2016 to end. As much as anyone else, I started 2017 with a grim determination to make it the year of new beginnings, more love, more understanding, more connections. I wanted to step out of my bubble, share what I’m learning, and learn from others too. That might be what life is all about in the end.

Brown Butter Crispy Rice Treats

So I created this space where I hope to do all of that, while sharing some of my favorite recipes, because, really, nothing brings people together like food, right? I hope you’ll stop in and say “hi” now and then, tell me what you’re cooking, and whatever else is on your mind.

Brown Butter Crispy Rice Treats
With all that said, let’s move on and talk about the easiest, most nostalgic dessert in the world, made eeeeeeeven better. Crispy rice treats feature the best effort-to-reward ratio ever. But these crispy rice treats are elevated to a whole new level with this amazing thing called brown butter. The extra five minutes of cooking time, spent watching butter fulfill its potential, will be completely worth it, I promise.

Oh, and here’s another fun thing you can do with these if you’re feeling fancy! I made these for a wedding last summer.

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Brown Butter Crispy Treats

The easiest treats in the world, made extra special with brown butter.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 339 kcal
Author Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 20 ounces marshmallows (2 10-oz or 283 gram bags)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 9 cups crispy rice cereal

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with non-stick spray, or butter it.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in a large pot. I like to use a light-colored pot since it is easier to see the butter browning without burning it. Once melted, the butter will begin to foam. As the foam subsides, solids will begin to develop on the bottom of the pan and the butter will start to smell deliciously nutty.
  3. As soon as the butter is browned, turn the heat down to low and add the marshmallows. Stir continuously until the marshmallows are fully melted.
  4. Fold in the cereal with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon and mix until well combined.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and pat into an even layer.
  6. Let cool to room temperature - 30 minutes or so - and cut into squares. These treats freeze perfectly.

Recipe Notes

*Be sure to check the Best By date on your marshmallows because, take it from me, stale marshmallows take forever to melt and result in hard crispy treats. Slightly adapted from Flour by Joanne Chang

Nutrition Facts
Brown Butter Crispy Treats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 137mg 6%
Potassium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Sugars 27g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 9.5%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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