Monday, August 18, 2014

Browned Butter Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats

Is there such a thing as a sophisticated Rice Krispie Treat?  Um....Yes there is.  You won't believe the flavor in these super simple treats.  The only addition to the standard recipe is vanilla bean paste.  If you haven't used vanilla bean paste, I highly recommend picking up a jar.  It's all the wonderful flavor of using fresh vanilla beans with the bonus of easy storage.  Browning the butter adds an extra level of flavor, that you don't find in your standard Rice Krispie Treat.  An extra richness and slightly nutty flavor.  To quote Mr. Devilish Dish, "These are like a regular Rice Krispie Treat on steroids."  Which I think is a compliment.  Sooooo, if you're looking for a modern twist on an old-fashioned treat, this is it.
Browned Butter Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats...
"Sophisticated Rice Krispie Treats..."
If you don't believe me, you should have seen how
quickly a family of three dominated a 9x13-inch pan of these!

Browned Butter Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (optional)
2 (10-ounce) bags marshmallows (large or small, doesn't matter)
9 cups Rice Krispie cereal

Grease a 9x13-inch dish and set aside.  In a large pot over medium-low heat melt the butter.  Once the butter is melted, continue to cook until the butter starts to brown.  The butter will turn a golden brown color and develop a nutty aroma.  Watch carefully so it does not burn.  Stir up any browned bits and add the vanilla bean paste and salt.   Combine and stir in the marshmallows, stirring until melted.  Remove from heat and stir in the cereal.  Press the mixture into the prepared pan.  Allow to cool at least 2 hours before cutting into bars.

Prep Time:  Approximately 5 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 20 minutes

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