Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats

a touch of gourmet

We had an incredibly busy weekend, which of course ended with us staying up far too late watching Breaking Bad, so my apologies for not posting yesterday – I was just too damn tired…and we also ended up being much busier than we had originally anticipated on Sunday. On Friday, we were able to go to King and Grove in Williamsburg to check out their salt water pool. I did feel somewhat out of place because the whole area was pretty much surrounded by models and other beautiful people, but Kramer and I forgot all about that as soon as we got into the water. It’s already starting to cool down on the East coast, so we wanted one last day in the sun. After swimming, we went home to hang out for a bit before meeting up with our friend Eric for dinner at Momofuku Noodle Bar, which is always delicious. We slept in on Saturday for a bit, did some baking and chores around the house, then headed over to Park Slope to eat at the new restaurant by Dale Talde, Pork Slope. The name says it all and it did not disappoint. We hit up a bar afterward, played some Sorry and Trivial Pursuit, then got some tacos (shut up). Sunday, I got up a bit early and went over to a friend’s place for a birthday brunch, followed by an ice cream social at another friend’s place, drinks and anchovy fritters (yum) at Allswell, and finally, dinner at Cantina Royal with our pal, Joel. I feel like I need to detox after eating all of that food this past weekend…but it was completely worth it!

Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
The pool at King and Grove. See all those beautiful people?

Seeing as how I was so strapped for spare time this weekend, I bring you the easiest, yet quite possibly most crowd pleasing, dessert ever: Rice Krispie treats. My friends at Rodelle sent me a few of their products to try a couple of weeks back, and no, this is not a paid endorsement, but I have to say: their vanilla beans are awesome. These suckers are big, thick, and bursting with plenty of vanilla. I only needed one bean for this recipe, but you can always go for it and use two. I love how real vanilla elevates your usual krispie into something special. The flecks of vanilla make them look so fancy, don’t they? I brought them into work, and of course, they were consumed immediately. You can’t eat too many Rice Krispie treats – they don’t make you feel guilty, and they are just so good, not to mention nostalgic. You can add some sprinkles or maybe a drizzle of white chocolate to make these extra gourmet, but I promise you that vanilla bean is an addition that you will always want in your krispies going forward.


Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
Saturday, we went down to Prospect Heights to see our friend Danny.

Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
Saw my friend Kate’s adorable dog, Pickles, at a brunch party Sunday morning.

Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
Checked out the lovely view at Veronica’s apartment during an ice cream social.

Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
Kramer did some relaxing.

Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
Had some delicious anchovy fritters at Allswell.

Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
Then finished up the weekend with our friend Joel (who DJed our wedding, actually, and now lives a few blocks from us) at Cantina Royal.

Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
That’s all you’ll need.

Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
Scrape out the vanilla bean and melt your butter and marshmallows together.

Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
Press into a pan, cool, and try not to inhale the entire pan immediately.

 

Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
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Serves: 25 bars
 
Everyone's favorite childhood snack with a touch of real vanilla.
Ingredients
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal (or something similar)
  • 1 10 ounce bag marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large vanilla bean, split and beans inside scraped out
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt together your marshmallows and butter, until smooth. Add in the scraped vanilla bean and stir to combine. Remove from heat and stir in your cereal until well coated. Press the mixture into a greased 9x13-inch pan, using greased hands or a spatula. Set aside to cool, then cut into bars and serve. These will keep well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

15 Responses

  1. Lindsey says:

    oh em gee yes please!

  2. Hi! My sister and I spent a whole summer searching for an affordable hotel pool to enjoy in NYC/BK but failed miserably. I didn’t even know about King and Grove but I hope to go canonball into that pool before the summer ends. But first, I have to eat these Krispies.

  3. love RKTreats of all kinds AND real vanilla beans…mmmm, sounds perfect!

    and what a great weekend you had!

  4. Love how you made Rice Krispy treats totally gourmet! And Dale Talde is one of my favorite chefs. I am imagining the awesomeness of his restaurant right now.

  5. Deb says:

    The addition of vanilla to the Rice Krispie Treats is stellar! The marshmallows can be just too sweet and certainly could use a balance of flavors. An appealing update to our childhood favorite!

  6. Faye says:

    Nothing beats a classic Rice Krispy Treat, especially a gourmet one. Love it. BTW, Breaking Bad is my new obsession, especially since I’m so far behind in the series…

  7. Gorgeous photos, as always. You guys are so outgoing! Jason and I always stay in. It’s amazing if we ever get out!

    As for these rice krispie treats, YUM! You had me at vanilla bean :)

  8. MichellePC says:

    I haven’t had a Rice Krispie treat in far too long. I love the idea of adding vanilla beans!

  9. Sylvie says:

    I never even like Rice Krispie treats as child, but even I want to make and eat these!

  10. Lynna says:

    What a busy and fun weekend!

    Now, this is some fancy rice krispies!

  11. Megan says:

    Such a good idea! Love these little freckled squares. And that pool looks luxurious!

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    Making these now, and dying of excitement!

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