Cereal – NYC

Posted on July 16, 2013


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So maybe you just had a baby. (That narrows it down to a few of you). And maybe you also just moved to a completely new state. (I think that narrows it down to one that I know of). A certain special someone just had a ginormous life shift in the past few months, and tasked me with creating a simple but delicious recipe for a new mom in a new city (aka, SUPERWOMAN). This one’s for you, #5.

Everyone knows how to make rice krispy treats. They’re crazy simple, nostalgic, and the perfect “I’m-sorry-but-I’ve-gotten-two-hours-of-sleep-and-can’t-bare-to-really-speak-to-you-let-along-bake-you-something-special” kind of treat. Thanks to the amazing Smitten Kitchen, and teeny but important tweaks, these babies have a whole new taste to them, and feel extra special when you need a little something sweet.

And yes — I do like to eat my treats with an incredible bottle of Barolo. Have you met me or my husband?

Salted Brown-Butter Krispies for A Special Mom (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 10 oz bag of ‘mellows (minis if you can — they melt way better)
  • 6-7 cups of krisp rice cereal (I used whole grain)
  • 1/3 tbsp of Sea Salt (or kosher salt if you don’t have sea salt)


  1. THIS IS THE BIGGEST STEP. Melt the butter until it turns brown (in a large pot). Brown you say? Doesn’t that taste like burned things? No it tastes like delicious, nutty, warm, sophisticated amazingness. Ever had browned butter sauce with sage and pumpkin raviolis and WOW I’m hungry!? Then you know — browned butter is the key. You just cook the butter until it goes from yellow to foamy to brown on medium heat, stirring it until you see the little brown bits at the bottom. Once you see the brown bits turn off the heat to prevent the brown from turning black. Black bits are NOT tasty.
  2. Add the ‘mellows and stir till melted.
  3. Add the salt.
  4. Add the krispies and stir.
  5. Pour onto parchment and flatten with your hands (NIFTY TIP!: Spray your hands with Pam or plop some buttah’ on them so you can easily run them along the sticky krispies without getting them stuck to you.)
  6. Cool.
  7. Sprinkle some salt on top for good measure if you really dig that salty-sweet thang (like me).


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