Rice Krispy Treat Update (Brown Butter!)

Last week I posted that I was planning to make rice krispy treats with cereals other than Rice Krispies. I know, a walk on the wild side!

Well, this weekend we had some friends over for dinner, so they were my guinea pigs for a fresh batch of rice krispy treats using Apple Jacks and Lucky Charms.

Quick sidenote: Cereal is just candy, right? I was snacking on it while making the treats, and I can’t detect any notable differences between it and any other candy. Not a bad thing, and I don’t want to spoil it for the kids of the world, but it’s impressive that cereal producers have convinced parents of the world that candy for breakfast is okay.

The real fun of making the treats was that I used brown butter for the first time in a dessert. Brown butter is just butter that’s been warmed over medium heat on the stove until it turns brown. Both the odor and the color change–it smells delicious, and it tastes really good too. It reduces a bit, so if the recipe calls for 3 tablespoons, I’d go with 4 or 5 instead.

In terms of flavors, Apple Jacks and Lucky Charms work well, though I think the Lucky Charms are slightly better due to the consistency difference added by its “marshmallows.” Also, one thing I learned was that with bigger cereal chunks (unlike the tiny Rice Krispies), you need more cups of cereal–I’d say 7 instead of 6. Everything else stays the same.

Next time I want to try something with chocolate, perhaps Cocoa Crisps, Golden Grahams, and peanut butter chips. What do you think?

3 thoughts on “Rice Krispy Treat Update (Brown Butter!)”

  1. Have you tried adding sweetened condensed milk? That plus brown butter and a little vanilla extract make some superb Rice Krispie treats. I’m sure other cereals would work with that combo as well!

  2. You are so right about cereal basically being candy! We have moved away from cereal as a primary breakfast option (and to a degree as an anytime option)–should you ever eat something that turns milk brown? What’s coming off of those cocoa crisps? I doubt it’s pure dark chocolate!


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