Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies Treats

A couple of weeks ago, it was safe to say I was going through a bit of an apple phase. Then, last week, I transitioned from "apple phase" straight to "Operation: Pumpkin". I baked Pumpkin & Chocolate Chip Scones, then set my heart (and sweet tooth!) on experimenting with Pumpkin. Spice. Mallows. I had never even heard of them before because, to be frank, store-bought marshmallows aren't used in my household very often. But when I was Googling recipes for pumpkin-flavored Rice Krispies treats, these seasonal delights came up quite a bit, and I got really excited. I had to try them out! Allow me to take you through my little experiment: Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies Treats! No baking required ;)

Why was I even Googling pumpkin-flavored Rice Krispies Treats? Well... I was babysitting my niece and nephew and wanted to whip up something just for them. That, combined with my current pumpkin fascination, led to the internet and my discovery of this Jet Puffed specialty.

Funny story, I had to go to three different stores to find these. I finally found some at Safeway when I was beginning to wonder if all the driving around was even worth it. (Oh, hello, $4.79/gallon gas prices.) But, let's just say...it's a good thing that I bought two bags. I had a hard time keeping hungry kids and their sneaky little hands at bay...

When I was a little girl, my older sister would make Rice Krispies Treats for me as an after-school snack. It was so simple...just cereal, marshmallows, and butter...but I was amazed every single time she transformed these three ingredients into a scrumptiously sweet confection, as if they were a fancy dessert. (Oh, to be a kid again.) So I thought that making them for her kids would be a nice idea :)

I started by melting 3 tbsp of butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Then, I added 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree. For this recipe, let the butter and pumpkin mixture warm through, just until hot enough to melt the marshmallows. (You know how some dessert recipes only call for 1/2 or 3/4 cup puree...like, say, Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Scones ;)...and then, you're stuck with a random amount of pumpkin leftover in the can? This is a great way to use up that random amount of leftover pumpkin.)

In went a whole 8-oz. bag of Pumpkin Spice Mallows.

If you love working out, this is the part that's great for your biceps. Just keep stirring and stirring and stirring... 

But I soon found out that one 8-oz. bag wasn't quite enough. The extra moisture from the pumpkin made the mixture a little too runny, so I measured out an extra cup of marshmallows to get the proper gooey consistency. (That's right. "proper" and "gooey" in the same sentence.) After removing the saucepan from the heat, I let the mixture cool slightly for a couple of minutes to thicken up.

6 cups of Rice Krispies were folded in next, coating every piece of cereal with the marshmallow.

Finally, I coated a 13x9 pyrex with cooking spray (this helps with easy removal later) and pressed the Rice Krispies treats mixture to fit the pan.

This is actually a good time to point out why it's important to add only 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree. Because this step is when I realized I did something wrong. In my first go-around, I accidentally put twice as much pumpkin. See the difference? The first batch became a thin layer of soggy cereal. After I made a second batch, with the correct amount of puree, the treats were thicker and kept their sticky/crunchy texture. So, remember: 1/4 cup of pumpkin. 1 extra cup of marshmallows.

After an hour or so, the Rice Krispies treats were ready to cut into individual bars. Honestly, Rice Krispies Treats are one of the easiest things in the world to make. They're kid-friendly, midnight-snack-friendly, lazy-but-want-dessert-friendly...

As for the Pumpkin Pie-inspired version? The pumpkin flavor is undeniably there, and there's no overbearing sweetness that sugary marshmallows can have. And, of course, you taste the hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all those classic spices. Enjoy these with kids, and decorate them with melted chocolate or frosting! Since I kept this recipe pretty basic, I'm hoping to "fancy" 'em up a little bit next time. There are so many possibilities, and I hope you take this recipe and have fun experimenting on your own :)

Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies Treats (makes 12 large bars)

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3 tbsp Salted Butter
1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
1 8 oz. bag  + 1 extra cup Pumpkin Spice Mallows
6 cups Rice Krispies Ceareal

  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the 3 tbsp of salted butter.
  2. Add the 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree, and stir to blend well. Allow the mixture to heat through.
  3. Add all of the marshmallows, then stir continuously until the marshmallows have melted and the mixture has a gooey consistency. Remove the pan from the heat, and allow everything to cool for a couple of minutes to thicken slightly.
  4. Next, fold in the 6 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal until every piece is coated with marshmallow.
  5. Coat a foil-lined, 13x9 pan with cooking spray, then press the Rice Krispies Treats mixture evenly into the pan. Cool for about an hour. To serve, cut into individual bars.