Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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Sophisticated, Pinky up Rice Krispie Treats
Not So Sophisticated Krispie Treats

Who can resist a rice krispie treat?! I know I can't. In fact, it gets pretty ugly when they are around. I cannot, literally, just have one. I mean, they are just that delicious to me what can i say lol :). Well, if you thought rice krispie treats were scrumptious in their good old fashion form, wait until you dig into these new takes on the classic treat!

I first saw a recipe from Smitten Kitchen for salted browned butter rice krispie treats back in the beginning of summer and made them pretty much 2 seconds later. I was sold by the idea of using browned butter in the recipe but was surprised by how amazing the use of the sea salt just upped the goodness! The browned butter becomes rich, nutty, almost like a deep caramel flavor that just outdoes regular melted butter. And the touch of sea salt is the perfect mixture of salty to the super sweet krispie treat. MMMMMMM I wish I had more adjectives to describe how amazing these few tweaks make these simple already delicious treats but just trust me, ok?

I like to call them my pinky up krispie treats because they are like a grown up, fancy version of a kid favorite. The fancy addition of the browned butter makes it feel as if you should be eating it on a fancy desert plate with a knife and fork, but screw that just go ahead and throw that pink up!

Now onto a more fun recipe. These remind me of the cake batter ice cream from Cold Stone creamery but it rice krispie form. MMMM cake batter :)! This is super simple and adds a depth of flavor that is familiar and easy to recognize due to adding yellow cake mix to the melted marshmallows. These are fun and flavorful and great for parties! I sprinkled rainbow jimmies into the batter before shaping them. Don't let my lack of a description not sell on these babies. They are AMAZING! They are simple, sweet, crunchy, and sticky but its the cake batter flavor that takes over and wins here. It was such a good idea and whoever thought of this, well they are amazing as and that makes me amazing too for sharing them with you!


Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats
adapted from Smitten Kitchen

4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, & extra for the pan
1 10-ounce bag marshmallows
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus more to sprinkle on top
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal ( we all know we never use the full amount so that we have the extra gooey marshmallow texture)

Coat with non-stick spray an 8-inch square baking dish with 2-inch sides.

In a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Let it melt until it begins to foam. Now keep an eye on this pot as the butter with now continue to foam and turn clear, then a golden color. Soon (DO NOT WALK AWAY) it will turn brown and will smell nutty and deep.

Stir with a silicon spatula, and keep stirring because you do not want burnt butter.

As soon as the butter takes on a nutty color and smell, turn the heat off and stir in the marshmallows.

The melted butter should melt the marshmallows. However if not put over low heat until melted and remove from heat.

Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the salt and cereal together. You might need to use a little muscle to make sure it is all incorporated.

Quickly spread into prepared dish with silicon spatula. Sometimes a little nonstick spray on spatula helps but, I don't mind when some sticks because that's more for me to eat while cleaning up :).
      *Easy tip*- Instead of pushing down with spatula I kind of smack the top of the krispie treats so that my spatula has less of a chance of sticking* 

If you don't want to dig right in....once they've cooled cut into large squares and ENJOY!

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

3 tablespoons butter
1 10-ounce bag of marshmallows
1/4 cup yellow cake mix
6 cups rice krispies cereal (as mentioned before, as much or as little of the 6cups you prefer)
1 1.75-ounce container of jimmies(sprinkles)

Spray baking dish (perferably 8inch) with non stick spray, just a light coat.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows.

Stir to melt, adding in cake mix a little at a time until combined.

Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture (again a little muscle needed).

Sprinkle in half of the jimmies and mix.

Press into a baking dish and top with remaining jimmies.

Let cool before cutting into squares.

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