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maple tahini rice krispie treats

these maple tahini rice krispie treats are the perfect combination of salty and sweet with a hint of maple. made from all the traditional ingredients, with an addition of brown butter, tahini and maple extract, these familiar treats take a on a fresh flavor. you'll want to make these quick and easy treats all autumn long!

school starts for my kids this week. im still in a state of denial that our lazy summer is nearing it’s end. autumn starts (unofficially ) in one week and for real a couple after that. in short, it’s time to ease our way into autumn baking! if you’re anything like me, you’ve been ready for well over a month. but, if you’re the other half of the population that isn’t ready, these maple tahini rice krispie treats will help get you there!

maple tahini Rice Krispie treats

these “ready for fall” treats are a fun, reimagined twist on the classic marshmallow treat. if you’ve only ever had the ones from the store, know that these are NOT those. they’re soft, chewy, full of slightly melted marshmallow pieces, with just enough cereal to hold it’s shape. no hard bricks here! the combination of brown butter and tahini brings a beautiful savory nuttiness that balances out the sweetness of the marshmallows. in short, these maple tahini rice krispie treats are a deliciously irresistible take of your favorite childhood treat. oh, and they’re 100% kid approved!

maple tahini Rice Krispie treats

in a few words, these homemade marshmallow treats are

  • soft
  • chewy
  • buttery
  • nutty
  • slightly crunchy
  • salty sweet
  • just the right balance of savory to sweet
  • a fun, fresh take on a childhood classic

this recipe keeps all the delicious flavors of the original treat, while highlighting more savory flavors. it’s a balance that both kids and adults will love!

what ingredients do I need?

to make these maple tahini rice krispie treats you will need:

maple tahini Rice Krispie treats

what baking tools do I need to make rice krispie treats?

making these treats requires no baking, but are easiest to make using these things:

  • medium heavy bottom pot
    • this is the main thing used to make the maple rice krispie treats
  • 8X8 pan or dish
    • to shape and set the marshmallow treats
  • parchment paper
    • this makes clean up a breeze!
    • recommended, but optional
    • use a non stick spray or aluminum foil if skipping the parchment paper

how to make these easy maple tahini treats

To make the brown butter, melt butter in a clear heavy bottom pot over medium-low heat. Once the butter starts to foam, whisk continuously until brown bits start to form. Once the brown bits form, add pour in the tahini, vanilla and maple extracts and salt. Stir until smooth and well incorporated then the marshmallows (minus 1 c to be added during a later step) to the pot. Stir with a spatula or spoon until the marshamallows are fully and evenly melted. 
Remove from the heat. Quickly stir in the cereal. Stir continuously while adding a cup of cereal at a time.
Once most of the cereal has been incorporated, stir in the remaining cup of marshmallows. Stir just to combine being careful not to over mix and lose the whole pieces of marshmallows.
Scoop mixture evenly into prepared baking pan/dish. Press just enough to evenly distribute the mixture into the dish. Use fingers to work the marshmallow treats to the edges/corners as needed.

tips and tricks for the perfect marshmallow treats

  • brown butter: you can just melt the butter if you want!
    • browning it gives it a nutty taste which i love
    • but it doesn’t change the overall texture or structure 
  • mini marshmallows melt better
    • so if you only have the regular or jumbo ones cut them into smaller pieces 
  • Rice Krispie cereal: you can just any rice cereal you like
    • i went with the classic Rice Krispie brand, but really any works great
  • tahini: you have two options as substitutes
    • any natural “runny” nut butter
    • 4 tbsp butter for a total of 8 tbsp (1/2 c, 113g)
  • resist the urge to press the marshmallows too much as you’re dropping them into the pan
maple tahini Rice Krispie treats

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maple tahini rice krispie treats

Megan
these maple tahini rice krispie treats are the perfect combination of salty and sweet with a hint of maple. made from all the traditional ingredients, with an addition of brown butter, tahini and maple extract, these familiar treats take a on a fresh flavor. you'll want to make these quick and easy treats all autumn long!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Cool Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • medium pot
  • scilicone spoon or spatula
  • 8X8 pan
  • parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tbsp (57g) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c (57g) tahini, well stirred
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp maple extract, optional but recommended
  • 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows, divided
  • 4.5 c (126g) rice krispie cereal
  • flaky salt for topping, optional

Instructions
 

  • Line 8X8 (20cm) baking pan/dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
    Reserve 1 c of mini marshmallows for mix in later.
  • To make the brown butter, melt butter in a clear heavy bottom pot over medium-low heat. Once the butter starts to foam, whisk continuously until brown bits start to form. Once the brown bits form, add pour in the tahini, vanilla and maple extracts and salt. Stir until smooth and well incorporated.
  • Stir in marshmallows (minus 1 c to be added during a later step) to the pot. Stir with a spatula or spoon until the marshamallows are fully and evenly melted. 
  • Remove from the heat. Quickly stir in the cereal. Stir continuously while adding a cup of cereal at a time.
  • Once most of the cereal has been incorporated, stir in the remaining cup of marshmallows. Stir just to combine being careful not to over mix and lose the whole pieces of marshmallows.
  • Scoop mixture evenly into prepared baking pan/dish. Press just enough to evenly distribute the mixture into the dish. Use fingers to work the marshmallow treats to the edges/corners as needed.
    Allow at least 30 minutes for the maple tahini rice krispie treats to set. Cut and enjoy!

Notes

maple tahini rice krispie treats store well individually wrapped in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. 
tahini: this ingredient works really well when paired with brown butter. if you want to substitute this, I would use a natural “runny” nut butter (1/4 c) or use 4 tbsp butter (for a total of 1/2 c, 8 tbsp, 113g).
maple extract: a little goes a long way! it brings a lovely scent to the marshmallow treats and pairs really well with the other flavors. I encourage you to pick some up and give it a try!
Keyword easy fall dessert, homemade rice krispie treats, kid friendly baking, tahini and maple
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