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Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

While I love a classic rice krispie treat, sometimes it’s fun to mix things up. That’s where these pumpkin rice krispie treats come in!

I wanted this rice krispie treat recipe to be nostalgic with a slightly elevated flavor.

These are truly some of the best rice krispies I’ve ever had. Even my husband who “isn’t a dessert person” was going back for seconds… that’s how you know this recipe is a keeper!

image of pumpkin spice rice krispie treats that have been topped with cream cheese frosting

How to Make These Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

Making these rice krispie treats is just as simple as you remember!

Before you get started, prepare your pan. Things get sticky fast so doing this first is important.

I used a square 8×8-inch baking pan which yields 16 treats. However, you can use any square pan you have on hand.

In a large pot, melt 1/2 cup of butter. Use a larger pot than you might think you’d need because you’ll be mixing all the cereal into this pot.

image of butter that's been melted in a dutch oven

Once the butter is melted, turn the heat to low and stir in 10 oz. of marshmallows.

Mix with a rubber spatula until the marshmallows are smooth.

image of marshmallows and butter that have been melted down

At this point, you can add a small squirt of orange gel food coloring. If you don’t have gel food coloring, use 2 tsp of liquid food coloring.

This is optional but I feel like it helps spread some Fall cheer! Mix it in until it’s evenly colored.

Then it’s time to pumpkin these rice krispie treats up! Add in 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1/4 tsp fine salt.

Remove the pot from the stove and get your arms ready to stir! Add in half the cereal and fold it into the pumpkin marshmallow mixture with a spatula.

image of pumpkin rice kripsies being mixed together in a large pot with pumpkin spice and orange gel food coloring

Once combined, fold in the rest of the cereal. The cereal should be fully coated with the marshmallow mixture.

I also like to stir in a cup of mini marshmallows for some extra texture! But this is optional.

image of pumpkin rice kripsies being mixed together in a large pot with mini marshmallows

Quickly scoop the mixture into the prepared pan. Use a rubber spatula to press the mixture into an even layer.

image of pumpkin rice krispie treats that are being pressed into a square pan to cool

Let the rice krispies cool for 15 minutes, then drizzle with cream cheese frosting (use 1/4 batch of this recipe) and enjoy!

image of a pumpkin rice krispie treat that's been cut into squares and topped with cream cheese frosting

What Type of Cereal Should I Use?

Any type of puffed rice cereal will work in this recipe.

I usually use classic Rice Krispies, but you can also make some chocolate pumpkin rice krispie treats by using Cocoa Krispies!

What Type of Marshmallows Should I Use?

I usually use large marshmallows to make these pumpkin rice krispie treats because they’re the easiest to find.

image of regular sized marshmallows in a bowl

But mini marshmallows would work too, and actually melt down more easily!

Sometimes I also like to mix in some mini marshmallows for added texture. They give these pumpkin rice krispie treats a fun look, which I love!

image of a pumpkin rice krispie treat that's been cut into squares and topped with cream cheese frosting

Tips for Making the Best Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

  • Prepare your pan before you melt the butter! Things will get sticky quickly.
  • Mini marshmallows melt down quicker. I recommend using them if you can find them.
  • Add the rice krispies in two additions. This will make it easier to mix together.
  • Although it’s optional- I recommend drizzling the top of the treats with some cream cheese frosting for some added richness. Use this recipe!
  • Let your treats cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
image of a pumpkin rice krispie treat being held up to show the mini marshmallows hidden inside it

Making These Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats in Advance

You can make these treats in advance! Unfrosted rice krispie treats can sit at room temperature for up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container.

You can also freeze them in an airtight container for up to six weeks.

Frosted rice krispie treats should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

image of a pumpkin rice krispie treat being pulled apart to show how gooey and delicious it is

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Yield: 16

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

image of pumpkin spice rice krispie treats that have been topped with cream cheese frosting

These pumpkin rice krispie treats are full of our favorite Fall flavors and are topped with a delicious drizzle of cream cheese frosting!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (113g)
  • 1 10oz bag marshmallows (285g)
  • Orange gel food coloring - optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (4g)
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt (2g)
  • 6 cups puffed rice cereal (160g)
  • 1 cup of mini marshmallows - optional

Instructions

    1. Grease and line a square 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
    2. In a large pot, melt 1/2 cup of butter over medium heat.
    3. Turn the heat to low and stir in 10 oz. of marshmallows. Stir with a rubber spatula until the marshmallows are smooth. Optional: add in a squirt of orange gel food coloring and stir until the mixture is evenly colored. If you don't have gel food coloring, use 2 tsp of liquid food coloring.
    4. Next, mix in 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1/4 tsp fine salt.
    5. Remove the pot from the stove and stir in 6 cups of puffed rice cereal in two additions. Stir until the cereal is fully coated.
    6. If desired, mix in 1 cup of mini marshmallows at this stage. This will give these pumpkin spice rice krispies an added bit of texture and an awesome look when you cut in.
    7. Quickly scoop the mixture into the prepared pan. Use a rubber spatula to gently press the mixture into an even layer.
    8. Let the rice krispies cool for 15 minutes, then drizzle with cream cheese frosting if desired (use 1/4 batch of this recipe). Cut into 16 squares and enjoy!
    9. If you top these with cream cheese frosting, store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Unfrosted rice krispies can sit at room temperature for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Notes

Making Thinner Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

If you want to make thinner treats use a rectangular 13x9" cake pan. This will give you around 32 1x2" treats.

Tips for Making the Best Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

  • Prepare your pan before you melt your butter! Things will get sticky quickly.
  • Add in the rice krispies in two additions to make it easier to mix together.
  • Although it is optional- I recommend drizzling the top of the treats with some cream cheese frosting for some added richness. Use this recipe!
  • Let your treats cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Rice Krispie Variations

There are so many ways to make these pumpkin spice rice krispie treats your own! Here are a few ideas:

  • Add food coloring for different holidays! I recommend adding this to your melted marshmallow mixture before you add in the cereal.
  • Mix in different candies or cookie crumbs.
  • Brown your butter to add nutty-caramel notes to the treats.

Making These Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats in Advance & Storage Tips

You can make these treats in advance! Unfrosted rice krispie treats can sit at room temperature for up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container. You can also freeze them in an airtight container for up to six weeks.

Frosted rice krispie treats should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 140Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 15mgSodium 60mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 0gSugar 11gProtein 1g

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