Everyone’s favorite after school snack gets a sophisticated update with these salted caramel brown butter rice krispie treats.
If Snap, Krackle and Pop had a high school dropout cousin from the wrong side of town who got knocked up by her ex-convict boyfriend?
These rice krispie treats would be their lovechild.
Between their brown butter base and salted caramel swirl, you can just tell they were born of some serious passion.
They’re sultry in their dark sweetness and wrong in all the right ways.
So bad and yet so so good.
If you’re looking to upgrade your favorite childhood snack from a G-rated after school special to something that requires adult supervision, these krispie treats are it. They do require a little bit more effort than your typical melt-and-stir krispie treat recipe, but the salted caramel step at the beginning is worth the extra ten minutes of effort.
And because we are all adults here, we get to lick the bowl without spoiling our supper. Heck, it can even be our supper if we want it to. So many perks, all of them edible. Always a good thing.
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 20 oz marshmallows
- 18 oz crispy rice cereal
- flaky sea salt, for sprinkling
- In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Turn the heat to medium and cook, swirling every so often to make sure it is cooking evenly, until deep amber. Remove from the heat and add the heavy cream, whisking constantly. Return to low heat and continue to cook, stirring, until totally combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and sea salt. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the treats.
- Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Cook until it starts to brown, stirring frequently. Add in the marshmallows and cook until melted, stirring constantly. Mix in ⅔ of the salted caramel. Remove from the heat and stir in the rice cereal until thoroughly combined.
- Pack the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Drizzle the remaining salted caramel over the top and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool for at least an hour before cutting and serving.
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