RICE KRISPIES TREATS : 5 WAYS

RICE KRISPIES TREATS // The Kitchy Kitchen

There’s something so wonderfully wholesome about a rice krispies treat.  Like graham crackers and apple juice, it sends me back in a Proustian rush, overwhelmed by the smell of soccer practice grass and the lemon lime gatorade sticking to my lips. And I still love them.  My cousin Erica makes them for family get togethers, and most recently, her son Jack’s first birthday.  I ate six.

The following recipes are based off of Erica’s basic recipe, which benefit from the addition of sea salt. Yum!  For classic folk, the brown butter sea salt is the best version of the original; cinnamon roll is a guaranteed crowd pleaser with cream cheese and cinnamon ribboning throughout; funfetti is the perfect festive treat for a party; strawberry pretzel just screams after-school snack to me with its sweet and salty combination; and matcha dark chocolate (my favorite) is for those of you who love a twist.  Enjoy!

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BROWN BUTTER SEA SALT

12 ounces (1 box) rice krispies

16 ounce bag small marshmallows

1 teaspoon sea salt

6 ounces unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS

Brown the butter in a large pot over medium heat until it starts smelling nutty and turns a pale light brown.  Then add in the marshmallows and let them melt completely, stirring, then add the rice krispies and a teaspoon of sea salt. Mix it all together and pour into a 9 x 13 pan and sprinkle a tiny bit more salt on top before they cool, careful not to pack it in.  If you press down on the rice crispies, they’ll get hard and crunchy. Let them cool to room temp and then cut up!

RICE KRISPIES TREATS // The Kitchy Kitchen

CINNAMON ROLL

12 ounces (1 box) rice krispies

16 ounce bag small marshmallows

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 ounces unsalted butter

4 ounces cream cheese

1 teaspoon cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Melt the butter and cream cheese in a large pot over medium heat.  Then add in the marshmallows and let them melt completely, stirring, then add the rice krispies, sea salt, and cinnamon.  Mix it all together and pour into a 9 x 13 pan, careful not to pack it in.  If you press down on the rice krispies, they’ll get hard and crunchy.   Let them cool to room temp and then cut up!

RICE KRISPIES TREATS // The Kitchy Kitchen

FUNFETTI

12 ounces (1 box) rice krispies

16 ounce bag small marshmallows

1 teaspoon sea salt

6 ounces unsalted butter

1 vanilla bean, scraped (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)

3 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

Melt the butter along with the vanilla bean seeds and pod in a large pot over medium heat.  Remove the vanilla pos, then add in the marshmallows and let them melt completely, stirring, then add the rice krispies, sea salt, and sprinkles.  Mix it all together and pour into a 9 x 13 pan, careful not to pack it in.  If you press down on the rice krispies, they’ll get hard and crunchy.  Let them cool to room temp and then cut up!

RICE KRISPIES TREATS // The Kitchy Kitchen

STRAWBERRY PRETZEL

8 ounces rice krispies

4 ounces chopped mini pretzels, salted

1 16-ounce bag small marshmallows

6 ounces unsalted butter

2 cups freeze dried strawberries, roughly chopped

DIRECTIONS

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Then add in the marshmallows and let them melt completely, stirring, then add the rice krispies, pretzels, dried strawberries, and sea salt. Mix it all together and pour into a 9 x 13 pan, careful not to pack it in.  If you press down on the rice krispies, they’ll get hard and crunchy. Let them cool to room temp and then cut up!

RICE KRISPIES TREATS // The Kitchy Kitchen

MATCHA DARK CHOCOLATE

12 ounces (1 box) rice krispies

16 ounce bag small marshmallows

1 teaspoon sea salt

6 ounces unsalted butter

1 tablespoon matcha

1 cup mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Melt the butter along with the matcha in a large pot over medium heat. Turn off the heat, add in the marshmallows and let them melt completely, stirring, then add the rice krispies and sea salt. Once the mixture has cooled to being just a little warm (slightly above room temp), stir in the chocolate chips (they’ll melt otherwise).  Mix it all together and pour into a 9 x 13 pan, careful not to pack it in.  If you press down on the rice krispies, they’ll get hard and crunchy.   Let them cool to room temp and then cut up!

RICE KRISPIES TREATS // The Kitchy Kitchen

9 thoughts on “RICE KRISPIES TREATS : 5 WAYS

  1. Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

    You’re a sister after my own heart! Every time I make rice krispies treats, I throw something new into the mix. And just yesterday I was talking to my friend about a rice krispies flavor add-ins contest! I LOVE match rice krispies, but then you went and added chocolate and they sound even more decadent and delish!

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    1. TheKitchyKitchen Post author

      Hey Melissa, There’s no cream cheese in the strawberry one. The steps are the same for all of the rice krispies, so I accidentally copied and pasted the steps without deleting the “cream cheese” note. My bad! Hope this clarifies the recipe. xo

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  2. Vitaly Mann

    I made the sea salt and the cream cheese ones. Neither one came out fluffy. This was my first time making Rice Krispie treats. Maybe next time I will have better luck.

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      1. Ellen

        The secret to keeping it fluffy is to avoid crushing too many of the Rice Krispies.

        1.) Do not overmix! I put some of the Rice Krispies in a bowl (the largest I have) then pour some of the marshmallow-butter goo (or butter-cream cheese or whatever) over it, then more krispies, then more goo, etc. This way less mixing is required. I use a wide rubber spatula; wooden spoon would be good, but do not use a metal spoon. Do not try for even distribution of everything — if you do you’ll overmix and crush too many of the little Krispies.

        2.) Do not press into the pan! Again, this will crush the little Krispies and they’ll get soggy. It’s more like teasing the mixture into place oh, so, gently. Don’t worry about it being perfectly level or about having no little holes or rough spots.

        Better luck next time!

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