These Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats are the cutest Halloween Dessert to make with the kids. Get the little ones pumped up for the Fall season and trick or treating with this fun Halloween Marshmallow treat.
My kids go wild over any rice krispie treat variation and honestly, so do I. Rice Krispie treats remind me of my childhood and make me reminise about the thick, square slabs they used to make fresh in Disney World.
Those were the days! Anyone else remember those? I loved just the plain one. I didn't need it chocolate dipped or rolled in m&ms. Homemade Rice Krispie treats are just the BEST!
Why You & The Kids Will Love This Recipe:
- It uses simple ingredients
- This recipe involves little cooking
- The mess is minimal (ok, I know it has frosting, but it is Halloween and they are only kids once)
- These are super tasty and don't have to be refrigerated. You can save the fridge space for the other Halloween Party food.
Butter, Marshmallows and Rice Krispie Cereal-Come together for the classic rice krispie treats we all know and love.
Food Coloring- Orange is used to color the pumpkins or you can use a mixture of yellow and red. Go heavier on the yellow when working on the color. More red tends to make it nice and pink. Green is used in combination with the frosting to make the vines.
Vanilla Store Bought Frosting-A simple solution that is a quick and easy way to make the vines. If you want to make homemade frosting, try my whipped buttercream recipe. You will only use about a quarter of the full batch. Because it's so little that we need, I usually resort to store bought.
Rolos- Used to resemble the pumpkin stem.
Cooking Spray or Vegetable Oil- Just a tiny drop to rub onto your hands before rolling the rice Krispie treats into a pumpkin shape. They are very sticky and hard to work with if you skip the oil.
How to Make Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats:
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Here are the Step by Step Instructions for these Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats.
Step 1: Begin by melting butter over low heat. Once melted, add in the marshmallows and stir occasionally until melted. Slowly add in orange food coloring until you get the desired color. *You can also use red and yellow. Use 1 drop of red to 2 drops of yellow until you get the color you like.
Step 2: Pour in the Rice Krispies cereal and stir well to combine the mixture. Transfer the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper.
Step 3: While it is cooling, unwrap the rolo candies (you will need about 16 to 18 of them). Add food coloring to the frosting until you get the green you like. This will be used for the pumpkin vines.
Transfer the frosting into a piping bag or into a sandwich baggy. Cut a tiny slice at the bottom corner.
Step 4: The rice krispies should be cooled now. Spray a tiny bit of cooking spray onto your hands and rub them together to spread the oil all over. You just want a really thin layer. If it's too much, wipe some off or the pumpkins will taste funny.
To shape the pumpkins, take a handful of rice krispies and roll them into a ball. Place onto the parchment paper and use the palm of your hand to gently press down the top. This will give them more of a pumpkin like appearance.
Step 5: Decorate the Pumpkins by creating the vines with the frosting. I like to add a little on the center top where the rolo sits too. This acts kind of like a glue.
Step 6: Place the rolo on the center of the top and ta-da! You just made an adorable little pumpkin treat. Finish them all and enjoy!
- Make sure in Step 1, that you get the desired color of orange before adding in the rice krispies. You don't want them too pinkish.
- When coating your hands with vegetable oil, you want to use the least as possible to create just a thin layer that doesn't allow the rice krispies to stick.
Rice Krispie treats taste freshest the day you make them. However, if you store them properly, you can save time by making them a day ahead. Store in a sealed container and be careful not the mess up the icing. You can also wait to add the green icing the day of.
If you can't find rolos, you can use the end of pretzel rods or even a green mike and ike. I like the rolos best because they stay on really well due to their shape.
I always go on the lighter side because I don't like when it starts to taste like food dye. I would start with just a few drops and add more to get your desired color. You can put as much or as little as you would like. You can even leave it out entirely.
Store in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Just a warning: They probably won't last that long!
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