Browned Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats #SundaySupper

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Welcome to Sunday Supper, where our theme this week is Back to School!! At present, the most affected I am by anything Back to School is seeing pictures of friends’ kids on my Facebook newsfeed in first day of school outfits every late August. I have no kids myself and I’m not in school of any kind. So I thought that today, I would reminisce a little! Because yes, my sister and I did attend public school growing up, and yes, my mom had to figure out the whole school lunch and afternoon snack thing for us, too.

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And since my parents were quite adamant that we eat healthfully, our afternoon snack usually consisted of apple slices dipped in peanut butter. Something I did not consider much of a treat, thank you very much. I would have *much* preferred something in the sweet treats or dessert category awaiting me as I got home from school each day. And yes, I did make my feelings known, to no avail.

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So today I’m blogging a more sophisticated version of one of my childhood faves, the crispy rice treat, something I would have loooooooved to see show up as my after-school snack, but alas, never did. However, a caveat here – upon reaching adulthood, I must freely admit my mom was right to feed us a more healthful afternoon snack, and were I to have kids, I would/will do the same as she did.

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So in conclusion, I must say two things: first of all, thank you Mom, for feeding us healthy after-school snacks that gave us energy and nutrition and thanks for putting up with our grumbling and at-the-time pure ungratefulness; and secondly, these crispy rice treats are delicious, very easy to make, and would make any kid or adult very happy to have them as an occasional treat. Enjoy!

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Source: slightly adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook by Joy Wilson

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 (10 oz.) bag of marshmallows, large or small, doesn’t matter
½ cup smooth, all-natural peanut butter
¼ tsp kosher salt
6 cups crispy rice cereal

Grease a 9×13” pan. Set aside.
In a large, heavy-bottomed stockpot, melt the butter over medium heat until just browned. You’ll know because the popping and sputtering will be slowing down and little browned bits will appear. If you are new to browning butter, I would advise using a stainless steel pan for this step so you can see it brown and know when to stop. When the butter has browned, be sure to stir or whisk the browned bits from the bottom of the pan to incorporate them. You want that tastiness in your final treat.
After the butter has browned, add the marshmallows, peanut butter, and salt. Stir with a large spoon or spatula until the mixture is silky smooth and flecked throughout with the browned bits.
Add the cereal to a large mixing bowl. Once the marshmallow mixture is smooth, carefully pour it over the cereal and stir to thoroughly coat the cereal.
Turn the mixture out into the prepared pan. With buttered or oiled fingertips, gently press the mixture into the sides and bottom of the pan. Let cool and set for at least 30 minutes before slicing into squares and serving.
This will last (maybe!) well wrapped at room temperature for up to 4 days.

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39 responses to “Browned Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats #SundaySupper

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  9. Oh yummy! I loved a crispy treat like these when I was a kid…and the peanut butter addition sounds like perfection…

  10. I am totally making this for my kids tomorrow to surprise them!

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  15. I’m feeling guilty because I hardly ever bake sweet treats for my kids. These look really good!

  16. My mom was the same way. We were lucky to have some vanilla ice cream in the freezer for an occasional dessert! I love your pb Rice Krispie treats! YUM!

  17. Don’t you hate that mom was right? We always ate healthy too, which is how I eat as an adult now, but I always wanted the bad stuff as a kid like my friends. LOL

  18. Great idea to use browned butter. I bet these treats have the most delicious nutty rich taste that differs from the ‘other’ kind!

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  20. I love rice krispies treats. Like love them! So good! And these with brown butter and peanut butter are even better!

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  22. I have never used brown butter in baking and I don’t know why, it always makes any dessert sound so good!! These look amazing!!

  23. Love the combination of these two ingredients. Perfection.

  24. Fancy Rice Krispies treats are so fun! What a great twist on a classic!

  25. Great take on the classic, Julie…Whether we have kidlets or not, no one of any age is ever going to grumble about a Rice Krispie. And undoubtedly will be ever so grateful to you for sharing the recipe =) –

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  27. Very different! We make all kinds of cereal treats at work I’ll try it on the college kids!

  28. Rice crispy treats are already incredible, but adding browned butter and peanut butter?! Um, yes please!!!

  29. Peanut butter rice crispy treats are my FAVORITE! Now I really need to go make a batch!

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