Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats Are SO Easy

These pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats are seriously the EASIEST pumpkin shaped Rice Krispie Treats you can make. They’re adorable for a Halloween dessert or Thanksgiving treat, and kids love to help make them.

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

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How to Make Halloween pumpkin Rice Krispie treats

Pumpkin Rice Krispie treats are basically just orange Rice Krispie treat balls with a stem. You can get really fancy with a variety of stems (like pretzels, Rolos, or mini peanut butter cups) and piping on green frosting leaves and vines.

But if you’re making a big batch of these pumpkins, it’s best to keep it simple. This is especially true if you have kids helping. So we go with a basic rice krispie treat recipe dyed orange, and green Mike & Ike candy for the stem.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Rice Krispie treats

  • 4 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil for dairy free)
  • 10 ounce bag of mini marshmallows
  • Orange food dye
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • Green Mike and Ike candies
Pumpkin shaped Rice Krispie Treat Balls

Instructions

  1. Place your butter or coconut oil in a large microwave safe bowl (glass or ceramic) and microwave about 30 seconds, until melted.
  2. Add the marshmallows to the bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until they are soft and fluffy.
  3. Add in 5-10 drops of orange food coloring (depending on how deep you want the color) and mix with a fork.
  4. Then stir in the Rice Krispies cereal until everything is well incorporated.
  5. Line a baking sheet or platter with parchment paper.
  6. Grease your hands with butter or cooking oil and begin shaping the Rice Krispies treat mix into balls about 2 inches wide.
  7. Place each ball onto the parchment paper and poke a green Mike and Ike candy into the top for a stem.
  8. Let sit until firm.
Halloween Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins

Tips for making pumpkin Rice Krispie treats

This pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats recipe makes about 12 pumpkins. You can make them smaller if you only need a couple more. If you need a big batch, just double the recipe.

Pumpkin pie flavored Rice Krispie treats

If you would like a bit of pumpkin pie flavor in your treats, add 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice at the same time you add the food coloring. I use my Homemade Pumpin Pie Spice Mix but you can use a store bought spice mix as well.

How do you get Rice Krispie treats to stick together

Sometimes pumpkin Rice Krispie treats can be a little tricky to get to hold their shape. You can always add a little more melted marshmallows to make them a bit stickier.

If you’re unsure about the texture of these treats as you’re shaping them, melt another cup of mini marshmallows and stir them in. This will make it really easy to get the Rice Krispies to stick together, and will give a softer texture as well.

How to keep Rice Krispie treats from sticking to your hands

There are two easy ways to keep the sticky marshmallow Rice Krispie mix from sticking to your hands.

One is to coat your hands in oil as you shape them. You may need to recoat them with every ball.

The other option is to wear food prep gloves. You want to make sure that you use a powder free glove. I like these gloves for food prep. You can also try asking the bakery counter or butcher counter at your local grocery store if they could spare a pair of gloves.

Should Rice Krispie treats be refrigerated?

There is no need to refrigerate your pumpkin Rice Krispie treats. They can be stored in an sealed container to keep them from going stale.

The only reason for refrigeration is if you want to serve them immediately, and need them to firm up quickly.

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Printable Recipe

Yield: 12 pumpkin balls

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats for Halloween or Thanksgiving

Halloween Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins

These pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats are seriously the EASIEST pumpkin shaped Rice Krispie Treats you can make. They're adorable for a Halloween dessert or Thanksgiving treat, and kids love to help make them.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil for dairy free)
  • 10 ounce bag of mini marshmallows
  • Orange food dye
  • (optional) 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • Green Mike and Ike candies

Instructions

  1. Place your butter or coconut oil in a large microwave safe bowl (glass or ceramic) and microwave about 30 seconds, until melted.
  2. Add the marshmallows to the bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until they are soft and fluffy.
  3. Add in 5-10 drops of orange food coloring (depending on how deep you want the color) and mix with a fork.
  4. At this point you can also mix in the pumpkin pie spice if you'd like to use it.
  5. Then stir in the Rice Krispies cereal until everything is well incorporated.
  6. Line a baking sheet or platter with parchment paper.
  7. Grease your hands with butter or cooking oil and begin shaping the Rice Krispies treat mix into balls about 2 inches wide.
  8. Place each ball onto the parchment paper and poke a green Mike and Ike candy into the top for a stem.
  9. Let sit until firm.

Notes

  • This pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats recipe makes about 12 pumpkins. You can make them smaller if you only need a couple more. If you need a big batch, just double the recipe.
  • If you would like a bit of pumpkin pie flavor in your Rice Krispie treats, add 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice at the same time you add the food coloring.
  • Sometimes pumpkin Rice Krispie treats can be a little tricky to get to hold their shape. You can always add a little more melted butter (or coconut oil) and marshmallows to make them a bit stickier.
  • You can also try using wet hands to shape the pumpkins. This doesn't change the flavor of the Rice Krispie treats.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is an estimate only.


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