Bars, Desserts

Brown Butter Vanilla Rice Crispy Treats

August 17, 2011
Steve loves Rice Crispie Treats!  Loves!  Really, really, really loves!  He loves them so much that whenever he sees them in a store or restaurant he buys one.  Especially Starbucks.  Starbucks has great rice crispy treats.  Probably one of the best we’ve tried.  Whenever I go to Starbucks (which is not a lot because I’m not a coffee drinker), I pick one up for him.  And he always smiles with complete joy when he sees me hand it to him :).  
It’s funny because rice crispy treats are such a simple and straightforward treat.  Probably one the easiest desserts to make, with such easy, simple, and accessible ingredients.  Its rice krispies, marshmallows, and butter – That’s it!  
Melt the butter.
Melt the marshmallows in the butter.
Add the cereal.
Let cool.
You’re done!  
Simple ingredients, easy directions, quick to make, and even quicker to eat :).
With Steve liking these treats so much (and how easy they are!) you think I would be making them weekly.  But for some reason I’m not.  I actually rarely make them.   But up until recently I decided that I was going to make them more.  So I went to the store and picked up some rice krispies and marshmallows.  And right when I was about to make them I saw an amazing re-invention of this treat online.  Brown Butter Vanilla Rice Crispy Treats.  Yep, you read that right!  
To make these special rice crispy treats, it really isn’t that much harder or different than the original version.  The differences take a total of 10 minutes longer, with an outcome that is worth way more than those 10 minutes.  What you do is brown the butter before adding the marshmallows.  Browning the butter is simple and easy.  All you do is cook the butter over low heat until it reaches a golden brown color, about 7 minutes.  And then the other difference is adding vanilla.  After melting the marshmallows, you stir the pure vanilla extract.  These changes are so small, but they really do make a huge difference!
These rice crispie treats are incredible!  They are packed with flavor!  The brown butter adds a nutty, buttery flavor.  And then the vanilla adds a sweet taste.  Seriously, they taste so good!  I am not over-reacting… Trust me!  Make them for yourself and you will see! 
Steve was in shock of how good they tasted.  He was completely addicted!
I made them for the baseball team and they loved them.
I couldn’t keep my hands off them.  I kept going back for more.
Isn’t it the best when the easiest desserts are brought up a notch by doing something so simple?!  Love it!

Brown Butter Vanilla Rice Crispy Treats
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Makes: About 12-15 squares, depending of the size you cut your squares
5 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
¼ tsp. Salt
10 ounces (1 large bag) of Marshamllows, I like to use the larger ones
1 tbsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
6 cups Rice Krispies (I find that the actual Rice Crispy brand works the best)
Butter the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan and set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.  Continue to cook until the butter has turned a golden brown color.  There will be small black dots in the butter.  Don’t worry this normally happens when you are browning butter. 
Place a mesh strainer over a large saucepan and pour the browned butter through the strainer.  This will catch most of the burnt pieces in the butter.  Place the large saucepan over low heat and add the marshmallows and salt.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the marshmallows are completely melted and smooth.  Stir in the vanilla. 
Add the cereal to the marshmallows and stir until the cereal is completely coated with the melted marshmallows.  Remove from the heat and stir a few more times to make sure the cereal is coated and there are no melted marshmallows on the bottom of the pan.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and using parchment paper press it down into the pan.  It’s not necessary to use the parchment paper, it just helps to reduce the stickiness as compared to using your hands or a spatula. 
Let the treats cool in the pan on counter until completely cooled and hardened, about 2 hours.  Cut into squares, and either wrap in plastic wrap individually or serve.  Enjoy :)!
Recipe adapted from Zoe Bakes, who was inspired by Flour Bakery.  

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  • Tina August 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    The two additional flavors sound divine and I am sure that they bring the treats to a whole new taste level. Thanks for sharing this one!

  • Krissy's Creations August 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Tina,
    Thank you so much for the comment! It’s so great to hear that you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  • Dawnaugustyniak February 13, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Sprinkle just a touch of sea salt on the top and they’ll be extra special!!!

  • Terra February 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I pretty much love anything with brown butter, it makes me sooooo happy!!! I love rice krispie treats, so this is a perfect combination to me!!!! I believe this will be on my to-do list this weekend:-) Hugs, Terra