Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie Squares

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You may be tempted to dismiss this recipe, since they’re Rice Krispie treats and everyone knows how to make Rice Krispie treats, but with a few changes courtesy of Smitten Kitchen, they’re taken to the next level. The addition of brown butter and salt elevates a classic recipe just enough to make it worthy of adult dessert status.

I think these little squares would be exceptionally good for a last minute oops-I-forgot-I-was-supposed-to-bring-something kind of a thing. They only need Rice Krispies (duh), a stick of butter, some marshmallows and a bit of coarse salt. They come together on the stove (no baking – just like the orginal!), so you don’t even have to heat your oven. Score!

Pick up a box of Rice Krispies and a bag of marshmallows next time you’re at the store and make a pan of these bars. You won’t regret it.

Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie Squares
yields 16 squares

8 Tbs of butter (one stick), plus more for greasing the baking pan
10 oz bag of standard marshmallows
Heaping 1/4 tsp coarse salt (recommended: Trader Joe’s Fleur del Sel)
6 oz of Rice Krispies (half of a 12 oz box)

Prepare an 8×8 square baking dish by greasing it with a small amount of butter. Set aside.

In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Let it melt, then foam, turn clear and finally start to brown with tiny golden flecks. It will smell nutty when it’s ready. It can burn easily, so try not to rush the process. Remove from heat and stir in marshmallows, returning the pot to low heat if needed to fully melt the marshmallows. Stir in the Rice Krispies and salt with a silicone spatula and mix until well incorporated. Place the mixture into the baking pan, pressing down firmly with the spatula to create an even layer. Let cool and slice into squares.

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen

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