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Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats | Marta in ChicagoI’m not sure how it could possibly be October already. The weather this week—high 70s/low 80s—hasn’t been doing much to get me in the fall spirit, and since Chicago winters seem to stretch on forever, I’m trying to savor this last taste of summer while I still can.

But I’m also ready for a taste of fall. Mmmmm…fall. I’m not sure when the trend began, but fall these days seems to mean throwing a little pumpkin spice flavoring in everything: coffee, breakfast cereal, even beer. So when I saw a recipe for pumpkin spice flavored rice crispy treats on Pinterest, I knew I needed to make them! The flavor is subtle, not one bit overwhelming. A perfect hint of fall.

If you have a Halloween party coming up, or if you’re looking for a festive after school/work snack, look no further. You’ll only need a few ingredients: marshmallows, crispy rice cereal, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, and butter.

Begin by melting 3 tablespoons butter over low heat in a stock pot. Once the butter is melted, add 4 cups marshmallows.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats | Marta in ChicagoWhile the marshmallows are melting, add 1/4 cup pumpkin puree to several layers of paper towel. You will immediately see the moisture being soaked up. Fold over the paper towel and press the moisture out over the sink. Remove as much moisture as possible. No one wants soggy rice crispy treats!

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats | Marta in ChicagoOnce the marshmallows have begun to melt, add the pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice to the pot. Stir constantly to combine until the marshmallows are completely melted.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats | Marta in ChicagoPumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats | Marta in ChicagoTurn off the heat. Stir in 6 cups crispy rice cereal, coating well.

Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray. Pour the mixture into your baking dish. Wet the tips of your fingers with water and press the mixture evenly into your dish. Wetting your fingers will help prevent the marshmallow goo from sticking to you them while you work.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats | Marta in ChicagoLet your treats cool and rest for 30 minutes, cut into squares, and enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats | Marta in Chicago

Pumpkin Spice Rice Crispy Treats


Time: 15 minutes

3 tablespoons butter
4 cups marshmallows
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
6 cups crispy rice cereal
Cooking spray

1) Melt 3 tablespoons butter over low heat in a stock pot. Once the butter is melted, add 4 cups marshmallows. While the marshmallows are melting, add 1/4 cup pumpkin puree to several layers of paper towel. You will immediately see the moisture being soaked up. Fold over the paper towel and press the moisture out over the sink. Remove as much moisture as possible.

2) Once the marshmallows have begun to melt, add the pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice to the pot. Stir constantly to combine until the marshmallows are completely melted. Turn off the heat. Stir in 6 cups crispy rice cereal until well coated.

3) Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray. Pour the mixture into your baking dish. Wet the tips of your fingers with water and press the mixture evenly into your dish. Let your treats cool and rest for 30 minutes, cut into squares, and enjoy!

*Adapted from Essentiallyeclectic.com

Comfort Food, Dessert, Holiday Favorites, Vegetarian