Step up your dessert game with Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats — a delicious twist on a time-honored favorite!
The sweet and crunchy charm of Rice Krispie treats has always been hard to resist. However, when enhanced with the deep, toasty aroma of brown butter, this childhood favorite transforms into a luxurious treat. The combination of toasted butter and crispy Rice Krispies creates a flavor accord that is both nostalgic and refreshingly gourmet. It is a perfect dessert for those moments when you want something simple but with a special touch.
The pinkness of the butter gives it a nutty, rich aroma and flavor, enhancing the overall flavor of the treat.
Absolutely! If possible, chop or cut into smaller pieces for easier melting.
Over-baking the marshmallow mixture can result in tougher treats. It is important to melt it on low heat and avoid over stirring.
Browning butter is an art of observation and precision, where the butter develops through various stages of color and aroma. Here’s a guide to help you understand these levels:
- Melted butter:
- Colour: Clear, golden liquid.
- Perfume: Creamy and smooth.
- Foaming Butter:
- Colour: Still mostly clear and golden, but starting to foam due to the water evaporating in the butter.
- Perfume: Still quite mild, with just a hint of richness.
- Lightly browned butter:
- Colour: A light tan with very small, slightly golden flecks starting to appear at the bottom—these are the milk solids.
- Perfume: A faint nuttiness begins to emerge, which becomes more pronounced as the butter continues to cook.
- Perfectly browned butter:
- Colour: A deeper golden brown shade with more visible and darker brown flecks throughout. The moist part takes on a toasted, amber appearance.
- Perfume: Distinctly nutty and reminiscent of hazelnuts, this scent is intense and luscious.
- Deep brown butter:
- Colour: A rich, dark brown, almost like caramel or toffee. The spots become even darker, approaching a chocolate brown.
- Perfume: Intensely nutty and rich, with an almost roasted aroma.
- Burnt Butter:
- Colour: Dark, dark brown or black, with spots turning black and the wet part appearing cloudy.
- Perfume: Bitter and sour, losing its pleasant nutty profile.
It is necessary to remain careful when browning the butter. The transition from one stage to another can be rapid, especially between the completely blackened and burnt stages. Using a light-colored pan can help you better judge the color of the butter, and relying on both visual cues and emerging aromas will guide you to the desired level of browning.
- Butter: You can use refined coconut oil, ghee or a plant-based butter substitute.
- Rice Krispie cereal: Try using other puffed cereals or corn flakes.
- Treatments Not Setting? Make sure your marshmallow mixture is not overcooked and always allow plenty of cooling time.
- Too sticky? A little extra dusting of rice krispie cereal powder can help reduce stickiness.
Tips from the chef
- Be sure to stir the marshmallows constantly when melting to avoid sticking or burning.
- The pinkness of the butter requires special attention. make sure the heat is medium and watch the color change.
Storage and freezing instructions
Store Rice Krispie treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days for optimal freshness. If you need to keep them longer, refrigerate for up to a week. To freeze, place them in a single layer in a freezer bag or container for up to 2 months. When they’re ready to eat, let them thaw at room temperature and, if you like, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to bring back some of their original softness.