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Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats

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Soft and crunchy pumpkin Rice Krispies treats make an easy, no-bake fall snack!

aerial photo of pumpkin rice krispies treats surrounded by mini-marshmallows

Pumpkin baking season is my absolute favorite. Call it a stereotype, but I just can’t get enough of cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger and all things pumpkin. No shame in my pumpkin game!

I have been making these pumpkin Rice Krispies treats for years, and every time I do, they disappear more quickly than I’d like.

pumpkin rice krispies treats surrounded by mini-marshmallows

When I originally published this recipe many many years ago, I used a bag of Jet-Puffed pumpkin spice marshmallows. It’s truly hit or miss whether or not I can find these, so I have made a few adjustments over time to adapt.

Call me a pumpkin spice pro or not, but if I have to find a way around an ingredient I found long ago to get my pumpkin fix, you better believe I’ll do it!

a hand pulling pumpkin rice krispies treats from a sliced batch

For these fall-inspired Rice Krispies treats, you’ll need:
•butter
•marshmallows (pumpkin spice or otherwise)
•pumpkin pie spice (or an assortment of spices I have listed in the recipe)
•Rice Krispies (a generic version will also work just fine)
•a touch of vanilla extract
•a pinch of salt
•and, if desired, orange food coloring.

orange rice krispies treats in a pot ready to be pressed into pan

And of course… Fall/Halloween sprinkles. Everything in the months of September and October need fall/Halloween sprinkles, yes?

THE SECRET TO SOFT RICE KRISPIES TREATS

Do you know how to keep your Rice Krispies treats soft? Press them gently into your baking pan.

pumpkin rice krispies treats in a pan

If you press them in too hard, you’ll end up with dense, crunchy, packed treats. Keep the heavy hand away from these pumpkin Krispies. Soft and chewy crunchy is the way to go.

I have cut mine with a cookie cutter into pumpkin shapes, and I’ve also just cut them into basic squares.

sliced pumpkin rice krispies treats

If you choose not to top with Halloween sprinkles, you could also consider using candy corn, mallow creme pumpkins… Whatever your Halloweeny heart desires.

stack of pumpkin rice krispies treats

And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with leaving them plain… In all honesty, you’ll probably scarf them down too quickly to notice what they look like anyway…

bite taken out of a pumpkin rice krispies treat

Rice Krispies treats are a staple here around holidays, so don’t forget to check out my gingerbread version around Christmas and red velvet version for Valentine’s Day!

Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats

Soft and crunchy pumpkin Rice Krispies treats make an easy, no-bake fall snack!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 16 treats

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (158g) Rice Krispies or any kind of crispy rice cereal
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • 13 ounces mini marshmallows1 about 10 cups
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice2
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • orange food coloring3 if desired
  • fall/Halloween sprinkles if desired

Instructions

  • Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • Place the Rice Krispies in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, salt, and food coloring (if using) and stir until marshmallows are completely melted.
  • Remove saucepan from heat, add Rice Krispies cereal, and stir until well-coated.
  • Using a spatula sprayed with non-stick spray, gently press mixture into baking pan. Decorate with sprinkles (if using). Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares or into desired shapes with a cookie cutter. Store treats in an airtight container up to one week.

Notes

  1. If you can find Jet-Puffed pumpkin spice marshmallows, these work great. Reduce pumpkin pie spice to just 1 teaspoon and omit food coloring.
  2. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can use 1 and ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg.
  3. I prefer gel coloring. My favorite is AmeriColor.
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Pumpkin shaped pumpkin rice krispie treats! So meta, so adorable, so delicious 🙂 I love rice krispie treats and have some fond memories of eating the mix straight from the pan without waiting for it to really set 😉
Your pumpkin recipes have been super inspiring this season and I can’t wait to see what you will be baking up for Christmas – I’m super excited for the oncoming season 🙂
Now, I just need to go and get the ingredients for this to celebrate one last pumpkin inspired treat 🙂