Pumpkin rice crispy treats are perfect treat for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or really anytime around the fall or autumn.
How to Make Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
For supplies, you’re going to need an 8 x 8 baking pan, orange food coloring, a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter, green icing, and an optional tube of black decorating gel, if you want to make Jack-o-lanterns.
You can use a 9 x 13 baking pan if you want to make a full batch as opposed to the 8 x 8 half batch we’ll make today.
We start this recipe by adding some butter into a large stock pot. Turn your stovetop heat to medium and let the butter melt.
If you want to do this part a little bit faster, you can follow the steps in our microwave Rice Krispies Treats recipe.
Take out your orange food coloring and add it to the melted marshmallow and butter mix. Again, using your spatula, stir everything until it is a bright orange color. Feel free to add as much food coloring as you need.
Once your marshmallow mix is the color you want it to be, reduce your heat and pull out your Rice Krispies cereal.
Dump 3 measured cups of Rice Krispies into the Orange Marshmallow Mix. Stir this together with your spatula until everything is combined.
You may need to add more food coloring to the Rice Krispies cereal to get them to the color you desire.
Take out your 8 x 8 Baking Pan and your canola oil cooking spray. Coat the bottom and inside walls of the pan completely with the spray. You don’t have to use canola oil, we just prefer that but any flavorless baking spray will do.
Empty the contents of your large stock pot into the bottom of the baking pan. Use the spatula and smash the mixture until it is completely flat inside the pan.
Now set your treats to the side for about 20 to 30 minutes and allow them to cool. You can put them in the refrigerator or freezer to speed up the cooling process if you like.
Once everything has cooled, you can pull out your pan and your pumpkin shaped cookie cutter.
Place your cookie cutter where you would like to make a pumpkin shape and firmly press down into the Rice Krispie Treats. You may need a knife to cut around the edges of the cookie cutter. Sometimes the Rice Krispie Treats are thicker than the cookie cutter.
Once you have cut out all your pumpkins, set them to the side.
Pro tip: Since the Rice Krispie Treats are so sticky, you can take some of the excess stuff that’s not part of the pumpkin shape, smush it together, and sometimes get another pumpkin shape out of them.
Now it’s time to decorate!
Decorating your pumpkin shape is pretty easy. All you really need to do is take your green icing and play put it on the cut out stem. You can put a small strip at the bottom of the stem to make it connect to the pumpkin if you like. Do this for all of your pumpkin shapes until you’re done.
If you are making these for Halloween, you can now take out your black decorative writing gel and make Jack-o-lantern faces on each of your pumpkins. Remember, the most important thing is to get creative and have fun.
That’s all there is to this easy Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats recipe!
Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
- 8×8 Pan
- Large mixing bowl
- Pumpkin Cookie Cutter
- 3 Cups Rice Krispies
- 2 Tbsp Salted Butter
- 8 oz Marshmallows
- 1 orange Food Coloring
- 1 tube green icing
- 1 tube black gel icing optional
- add the butter & marshmallows in a bowl and melt them together. This can be done in the microwave or on the stove top.
- add orange food coloring and stir. add as needed until you reach desired shade
- add in Rice Krispies and mix thoroughly. add more food coloring if cereal is not orange enough.
- spread the mixture into a greased pan with a greased spatula.
- allow mixture to cool (about 30 minutes)
- use pumpkin shaped cookie cutters to cut in shapes
- put green icing on top as the stem
- OPTIONAL: use black writing gel to make spooky Jack-o-lantern faces
- serve & enjoy!