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Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

Rice Krispie treats are for summer. I mean, sure, you can make them any time, but some desserts are just designed for summer. They’re light (so you don’t feel quite as wrong putting on a bathing suit after having one). They’re quick and simple (the sun sets late in summer, leaving less time to make dessert). They leave the oven off and only use the stove for a moment (so you don’t boil alive just from making dessert if you’re living in the South in mid-August).

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

So you may be wondering why I’m writing about them on a rather chilly evening in February. Maple syrup, folks. Any dessert can be made to suit cooler months with maple syrup and a little nutmeg.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

I’ve seen people try to tweak Rice Krispie treats before. I’ve seen red velvet ones and Nutella ones and a lovely Dulce de Leche version brought to parties. Inevitably, people try them. The comments tend to include phrases like “how unique!” or “I never would have thought of that!” but no one goes back for seconds, and eventually someone will just admit what they’re all thinking: “It’s not quite the same as I remember.”

So knowing that, why would I try yet another version? First of all, it’s winter. Regular Rice Krispie treats aren’t right for winter. Secondly, it’s Deb’s fault. (Can I just start saying that about everything from now on? Okay, thanks.)

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

This recipe is adapted from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. Go buy it already. Yes, it’s that good. Her version isn’t maple flavored and contains no nutmeg, but there’s browned butter in hers and the combination of all three is what really makes these treats perfect.

Ingredients

1 stick (8 T) butter

1/4 cup maple syrup (grade B if you can find it)

1/2 t nutmeg

pinch salt

1 10-oz bag marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies

Directions

Place the butter in a large pot over medium heat.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

Melt it.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

Keep it on the burner. It will froth and begin to brown. Once it starts to smell a bit nutty and reaches a rich amber color, remove the pot from heat.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

Add the maple syrup. It will bubble like mad.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

Add marshmallows. Stir them in until they melt. This is faster with the mini mallows, but use any kind you like.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

Add salt and nutmeg and fold them into the marshmallow mixture as well.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

Pour on the cereal and fold it into the marshmallow mixture until it’s all thoroughly coated.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

Press the treats into a buttered 8×8 pan.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

Let them cool and set for at least an hour or so. Cut into squares and serve.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

I don’t mean to brag*, but these treats? People went back for seconds. And thirds. And demanded the recipe. there may have been gushing. Not a bad result for a 5-ingredient dessert made in 10 minutes.

Maple Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

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