I’ve seen multiple versions of these fun little pumpkin rice krispie treats popping up all over Pinterest recently. My Fall Board is starting to fill up with all thing apple and pumpkin. I have a great fondness for marshmallow, so the old-fashioned rice krispie treats have always been one of my favorite snacks. Henry just learned about mixing red and yellow to make orange, so I thought this would be a good way to reinforce that lesson and enjoy some time together in the kitchen.
The trick to these is to work quickly. After you mix together the ingredients to make the treats, you only have a short time until it begins to cool and harden. The harder and drier they get, the less pliable they are, so it’s not as easy to create little pumpkins. The batch I made yielded a couple more than a dozen pumpkins. By the time I got to the last few, it was harder to push in the tops to create a little well for the Tootsie Roll stem. So roll quickly! 🙂
- 3 tbsp butter
- 5 cups mini marshmallows
- red and yellow food coloring
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 12-15 Tootsie Rolls
- green piping gel/frosting
- Melt butter over med/low heat
- Stir in marshmallows and begin to melt
- Add food coloring drops until desired color is reached
- Once butter and marshmallows are combined, slowly stir in cereal
- Remove from heat and mix until the cereal is evenly coated in sticky goodness
- Allow to cool until you can handle it and then start rolling into balls. Stick your thumb down in the center a bit to create a well for the Tootsie Roll stem
- Add Tootsie Roll to make a stem and then pipe green leaves or vines to create your pumpkins
I piped some green “leaves” (I am NOT a pastry chef or artist in the least) and vines onto a few for a colorful touch. Henry wanted to make one of them into a jack-o-lantern, so we used icing to pipe on a little face. You could also use candy corn to make the eyes and nose and attach it with some icing. These are a great little snack to take to a Halloween party, or a Harvest party at school, especially if you get the kids to help!
If you are looking for some more great party snacks, check out this roundup of appetizers. I love appetizers! For me, they make the perfect party food. Honestly, when it comes to parties and holidays I would rather skip all the main dishes and fill up my plate with little bite-sized morsels.