Friday, October 28, 2016

Browned Butter Cereal Treats

Recently, my family and I were invited to a friend's house; she prepared a delicious dinner for our family and hers. After dinner, she announced that she made browned butter cereal treats. They were such a delicious surprise that everyone, toddlers and adults, enjoyed!

I was thinking about treats for the holiday season, that grown-ups and kids would enjoy. And, her "grown-up" cereal treats inspired this Fall version. Here's the recipe for my brown butter salted candy corn cereal treats.

1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter
6 cups rice cereal
1, 10 ounce bag of mini marshmallows
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Food coloring (optional) - I used golden yellow and burgundy get food coloring.
Nonstick cooking spray
Wax paper

Measure all ingredients. Have them prepared and ready to go. This process is called "mis en place." It's super helpful for this recipe because you need every ready to go.

Prepare 2, 9-inch round baking pans by lining the bottom with waxed paper. Spray both pans with nonstick cooking spray. I used a canola oil spray.

Start by placing 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) butter into a large pot. Heat on medium heat. Stir the butter consistently until the color turns to a caramel color, and it smells nutty.

Add salt. Then, add all the mini marshmallows.  

Stir marshmallows until they are melted and smooth. Turn off heat.

Add cereal treats and stir until coated. Take two, 1/4 cup scoops from the mixture. Add one scoop to the middle of each pan.

Color the remaining cereal with yellow food coloring. Remove approximately 1 1/2 cups of the cereal treats from the pot to add to each pan in a larger ring around the white cereal treats. Note: If you spray your hands with the non-stick spray, it is easier to handle the sticky cereal treats.

Color the remaining cereal with red food coloring to change the color from yellow to orange. Divide the orange cereal between the two pans. Make a large ring round the yellow cereal treats to completely fill the bottom of the pan.

So, you should have three circles. The small white circle, the medium yellow ring, and the largest orange ring. These colors mimic the colors of candy corn.

Let the cereal treats set until cool. Turn treats out onto a cutting board covered with wax paper. Spray a knife with cooking spray, which helps cut the sticky treats more easily. Cut each round into eight piece. Enjoy!

I really enjoyed making and eating these browned butter treats. The browned butter gives a caramelized almost smoky taste, which offsets the sweetness of the treats. The saltiness cuts through and compliments the sweetness. To me, these taste like salted caramel cereal treats. I hope you enjoy this treat!

This is a quick and delicious sweet any time of the year. Feel free to omit the food coloring and serve plain.

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