Brown Butter Marshmallow Popcorn Bars
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Yield: 9 large bars
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup popcorn kernels
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2½ to 3 cups marshmallows
First make the popcorn:
  1. Add the oil to a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add 3-4 kernels of un-popped corn and cover.
  2. As soon as you hear those kernels pop, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the rest of the corn. Count to 30 and then cover the saucepan and return to heat. Gently shake the pan back and forth over the heat until the popping sound has died down. (It won't take long.) Leave the cover slightly ajar to let the steam out- this will result in crispier popcorn.
  3. Sprinkle popcorn with sea salt and set aside.
  4. Place the butter into a large microwave-safe bowl and cover with a plate. (You want something that fits well and snug- gaps will result in a buttery mess.)
  5. Microwave for 5 minutes. You will hear the butter sizzle and pop as it browns. If after 5 minutes it isn't brown yet- add one minute at a time until it is a golden color with brown flecks.
  6. Carefully remove the (hot) bowl from the microwave and mix in the marshmallows, coating them well with butter.
  7. Put the bowl back in the microwave and heat for 1 minute. Stir until marshmallow mixture is thick and creamy.
  8. Add the popcorn to the marshmallow/butter mixture and stir well to coat. Press mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish and sprinkle with sea salt.
  9. Wait for 10-15 minutes and then cut into bars and serve!
If you'd prefer- you may brown your butter on the stove top. I like the microwave because I feel like I have more control and less risk of burning. Either way is fine!
Recipe by The Baker Chick at