Right about this time, I start to think about EVERYTHING Pumpkin! I saw this GREAT idea on Pinterest for Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispy Treats! You can click on the picture below to see her original recipe! I read the comments and a lot of people were having problems with the moisture that the added pumpkin gives to the treats. It was making them soggy! So, I changed the recipe up a bit and made the BEST Rice Krispy Treats EVER because they have PUMPKIN in them!!! I also made them to look like pumpkins and added my kids favorite candy, Tootsie Rolls, to the center to make a stem!
Here is what you will need:
- 3 Tablespoons of butter
- 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
- 1 bag mini marshmallows
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 cups of Crispy Rice Cereal
- Tootsie Roll candy (one per treat)
The first thing you will do is take most of the moisture out of your pumpkin puree. Just put it on a paper towel and squeeze it out! I did this three times, until I could actually pick up the pumpkin!
Melt your butter on the stove and then add your pumpkin. Stir till heated through and then add your marshmallows! Stir constantly till almost fully melted!
When almost melted add your spices, salt, and vanilla!
This is what it will look like when ready to add you cereal!
Take pot away from heat and let cool for a couple minutes. Then add your cereal and stir till all mixed together!
Get your hands wet with cold water and then form your mixture into balls. You can make the balls any size you want! Then with your finger press a hole in the top center.
Take the wrappers off your Tootsie Rolls and then push them into the center and let them stick up a bit to make the Pumpkin stem!
For a fun look, I added a piece of fresh Basil!
I think it makes them look cute!
For your kids, leave off the Basil and ENJOY!!!
These two kids are PRETTY EXCITED!!!!
The next day my son had one for his treat in his lunch at school and he said everyone was asking him about it!
This is also a great idea for Halloween school parties!