Every time I bring these to a party, and I've done it three times now, it's the same: Guests go for all the other desserts first, until someone decides to take pity on the plate of Rice Krispies Treats. Then they go back for a second one, and loudly exclaim "What is in these?" or "These are NOT normal Rice Krispies Treats." Others start to try them, and the plate is empty before the end of the night.
It's hard to describe how these taste, besides wonderful. They're not caramel flavor, just caramelized. The ingredients are the same three you're used to, although with adjusted proportions. (Because I add vanilla to any dessert I make, I usually add a teaspoon of vanilla, and sometimes brush the tops with vanilla bean paste — but they're still mind-blowing without.)
You do brown the butter in the beginning, which is slightly challenging, but as long as you follow the directions and keep stirring it frequently, you'll be able to notice the changes in the butter's stages, until it settles to a caramelized nut brown. It will smell wonderful.
After that, it's just the marshmallows (which you caramelize a bit, too), and the Rice Krispies. Before you know it you're pressing the treats into a pan with wax paper — if you can stop stuffing your mouth with gooey bites before they've cooled. They take me about 25 minutes from cold butter to wax-paper press, despite the recipe's 15-minute claim, which is still pretty fast for a baked good. But if you decide to do 'em for a bake sale, maybe hand out bite-sized samples, because no one will believe you until they actually try 'em. —Natalie Brown
Get the recipe here.