This is what happens when I clean out my kitchen….
I go in with the intention of discarding anything tempting and anything deemed as a “trigger food” (something that once you start, you cannot stop eating. For example, peanut butter, ice cream, any type of sugary cereal…). You know, get rid of ALL THE THINGS and-POOF-magically get skinny because there’s literally nothing to eat in your house.
Here’s the problem with that tactic, I cannot waste food. Last night I was craving cereal so I picked up some Honey Nut Cheerios and literally ate about half the box in one sitting because as we all know one bowl of cereal is merely a pathetic tease. This morning, as I awoke with a shameful cereal hangover I realized that I needed to eradicate my temptation, not just the cereal but all the edible temptations. A few minutes later, there I stood, holding the half empty box of cereal over my trash can feeling absurdly guilty thinking about the waste of money, starving children and what not. I put the cereal back into the cabinet promising myself that I’d maintain the willpower to avoid it forever until it one day disappeared. Ok. Then I started cleaning through our pantry and found a hidden jar of marshmallows and suddenly all was right in the world and these cereal treats were born. Out of my desperation to stop eating cereal and all things muffin top inducing.
Welcome to my life.
As it turns out, these little suckers are pretty damn delicious, and it’s time we all just accepted the fact that one box of cereal truly equals one serving.
Let me show you how to properly clean out your kitchen and pantry:
First, take that leftover half a stick of butter that’s been in your fridge since Christmas Cookie season and drop it into a small pot over medium heat. Let that sucker brown and brown and brown. How? Just let it sit on the heat until it melts, then wait for the magic to happen. It’ll start snapping and bubbling and you’ll start whisking. Whisk, whisk, whisk until you see little brown spots begin to appear at the bottom of the pan. Those are magic flavor spots. Keep whisking them! It’ll look like this:
Just keep going until it’s nice and dark brown in color and your entire home smells indescribably rich and nutty. Be prepared for that scent to linger for the rest of the day. You won’t complain.
Next, bring that heat down to low and drop in a bunch of marshmallows. Stir, stir, stir and watch those beautiful little brown specs overwhelm your fluffy marshmallows. When the marshmallows start to melt down and come together drizzle in one tablespoon of honey (yes, we are adding sugar to the sugar we just added to butter..just deal) and stir until it all melts together into a beautiful, thick creamy sauce.
Mmmm….but do yourself a favor, don’t take a taste here, this concoction is hot. Resist.
Next, you’re going to pour that sweet, nutty goo over half a box of Honey Nut Cheerios that you’ve already dumped into a big mixing bowl.
Gently fold and stir the two together until the cereal is completely coated in the marshmallow sauce. Dump this mixture into your prepared baking pan that has been lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray. Gently push down on the mix until it holds shape, but don’t press too hard or the treats will get tough.
Now, you can totally stop here and eat these guys as is but since we’re cleaning out our pantry anyway let’s use up the rest of that powdered sugar, take this over the top and make a honey glaze to pour over our treats.
You can leave the treats on the counter to cool which will take about an hour or two, or, if you have ZERO patience like me you can pop the whole thing in the fridge. Either works. While your treats are cooling grab the necessities for your glaze:
Honey, milk and powdered sugar. You can make it as thick or thin as you like. For a thin drizzle add more milk, for a thicker glaze you’ll want to use more sugar. Impossible to mess up. Whisk the three up together and using that same whisk drizzle glaze over your treats.
Then, top them with Autumn themed sprinkles that you completely forgot you even had because they’re the only sprinkles you have in your pantry and everything in life is better when topped with sprinkles.
Next, let that chill in the fridge once again so the glaze can set up. Then you can finish them up by cutting them into squares, sifting some powdered sugar over the top to make them look fancy (and because, more sugar, duh) and finally, GIVE THOSE SUCKERS AWAY!
Because, remember, you did all this to clean out your pantry so you’re free of temptations and your jeans can fit once again. Remember?
Brown Butter Honey Cereal Treats
– 1/2 Box [regular size] Honey Nut Cheerios
– 2/3 bag Mini Marshmallows
– 1/4 Cup [half a stick] butter, browned
– 1 TBSP Honey
For the Glaze:
– 1/2 TBSP Honey
– 2 TBSP Milk
– 2/3-1 cup Powdered Sugar
First, line a 8×8 baking dish with foil. Spray foil with non-stick spray and set aside. Pour your cereal into a large mixing bowl, set aside.
In a small pot over medium heat, melt your 1/4 cup of butter. Once the butter melts down start whisking. Do not stop whisking and watch the butter closely. Continue to whisk as browned bits start appearing at the bottom and butter begins to turn dark amber in color. Once the butter is a rich, dark brown and you smell a strong, nutty, aroma reduce the heat to a simmer and add in your marshmallows. Mix until the marshmallows begin to melt down and meld with the butter. Before they completely liquify drizzle in 1 TBSP of honey, continue to mix until everything melts together and resembles a thick sauce. Pour the marshmallow mixture into your bowl of cereal using a spatula to scrape in every last bit. Using that spatula, gently fold your cereal into the marshmallow mix until everything comes together and the marshmallow mix looks stringy and covers all the cereal. Pour the mix into your sprayed and prepared baking dish and gently press down on it to form it into place. Chill at room temp for up to an hour or two or in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
Next, measure out your powdered sugar in a small bowl and add in 1/2 TBSP of honey. Slowly add in milk 1 TBSP at a time until your glaze reaches a desired thickness. Stir with a whisk. Take your cereal treats out and liberally drizzle them with the glaze. While the glaze is still wet, sprinkle on your sprinkles (or sea salt!). Let that sit in the fridge so the glaze can harden and set. After about 20-30 minutes remove from fridge and cut into squares with a sharp knife.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve & enjoy!