Foodie Friday – Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

What better dessert for a Memorial Day party than Rice Krispie Treats? The homemade variety, of course! I was spending time with some friends who are much more health conscious than I am that weekend and I wanted to make a dessert that wasn’t completely loaded with fat and calories. This meant that my usual cookies and brownies were out. But this was a chance to try something new so I was excited! I scrolled through the hundreds of recipes on my Pinterest boards and these Rice Krispie Treats with browned butter and cinnamon jumped out at me. Easy to make and a big crowd pleaser! I knew they were going to be good, but I was surprised at exactly how delicious these turned out. One of my friends even hid the container from me so I couldn’t take the leftovers home! So if you’re looking for a classic dessert with a twist, give these brown butter Rice Krispie Treats a try. You won’t be sorry!

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 c (1 stick) salted butter
1 bag (10 oz) marshmallows
1 tsp cinnamon
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal (about half a 12-ounce box)

DIRECTIONS:
In a large stock pot, brown the butter over medium heat. Swirl the pan frequently while the butter melts, foams, then starts to turn golden brown and smell nutty. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn! Oh, and make sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. That’s good flavor that you don’t want to miss! As as soon as the butter starts to brown, turn off the heat and stir in the marshmallows until melted and smooth. (You might have to turn back on the heat briefly to make this happen.) Mix in the cinnamon. Pour the Rice Krispies into the pot and stir until everything is well combined. Quickly spread the yummy, gooey, sticky stuff into an 8×8″ pan lined with aluminum foil and coated with cooking spray. Spread evenly. I used a piece of wax paper coated with cooking spray to keep it from sticking to my hands, but a silicone spatula would work too. Wait for the Rice Krispies to cool completely before removing the aluminum foil from the pan and slicing into treats in your choice of sizes. This recipe can be easily doubled and put into a 9×13″ pan. Enjoy!

Based on Smitten Kitchen’s Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats.