Today you’re getting the real deal.
Real pumpkin puree mixed with melted marshmallow goo*, a whole lotta cinnamon spice and everything nice. Topped with a pretty white chocolate swirl and a pumpkin for good measure.
*I went heavy on the marshmallow goo.
In an effort to not bombard you with pumpkin recipes this fall, I’m trying to keep my cool and limit myself to baking only one pumpkin recipe per week. It’s so hard! I want to throw my beloved pumpkin puree into everything. Even in my macaroni and cheese. And my chili! And even in my smoothies.
I just can’t get enough! Hope you don’t mind.
While I’ve thrown pumpkin into just about everything recently, I’ve yet to add my favorite autumn ingredient into a rice krispie treat. Another love of mine! Easy and thoughtless to whip up, rice krispie treats have been a go-to staple in my kitchen for years. There’s no science behind ‘em. Melt, stir, press, done. Complicated and time-consuming? Fuh-get-about-it!
Why rice krispie treats are truly the apple of my eye is because they are the perfect “blank canvas” recipe. There’s so much room for creating something showy and unique.
If you want to add some pizazz to your dessert, start with rice krispies and marshmallows.
Salted Caramel Snickers Treats anyone?
With all of this being said, there was an obvious need for a pumpkin rice krispie treat in my recipe box! I hopped right to it. :)
Plain and simple, these are rice krispie treats with pumpkin puree and spices mixed in. There’s only a precise 1/4 cup of pumpkin in the recipe because you don’t want a huge gloppy mess of treats that won’t stick together due to all of the pumpkin’s moisture. Any more pumpkin would create quite the soggy treat. I made sure to boost the spices to make up for the lighter addition of pumpkin puree.
Another tip proven beneficial is to allow the pumpkin/marshmallow mixture to cool before adding in the rice krispies. Usually you can add the cereal right into the hot melted marshmallow, but you’ll want today’s mixture to slightly cool and thicken back up before the cereal goes in.
Get it? Got it. Good. Moving on…
The little white chocolate/pumpkin decoration on top was an afterthought and it’s completely optional. I actually loved these treats plain because they have SO much pumpkin flavor.
But I thought the decoration was completely necessary. I happen to be a tad obsessed with those candy corn mallowcreme little pumpkins, so onto the treats they went. Plus, they’re just so darn cute!
The pumpkin and all of those autumn spices hit all of the right notes, the white chocolate gives the treats some extra flair and the pumpkin candy is the Halloween cherry on top. They are the perfect no-bake treat for a fall day!
Makes 24 treats. Store in an airtight container up to one week. You could even cut these treats into pumpkin shapes or decorate with regular candy corns. Enjoy!
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (or fresh)
- 1 (10 ounce) bag mini marshmallows
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- 2 oz white chocolate candy melts (Or Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bar)
- 24 mallowcreme pumpkins
- Generously spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick spray. I used an 11x7 because I like thicker treats - go with your preference. Set pan aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add the pumpkin puree and continue to cook until it is warmed through. Fold marshmallows, stirring frequently until almost completely melted. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt, and remove from heat.
- Allow the marshmallow mixture to cool for 20 minutes or until it is at room temperature (failure to cool the mixture will result in soggy rice krispie treats.) Add the cereal and stir until combined.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and gently spread out evenly. I sprayed the back of a large spatula with non-stick spray and gently pressed the mixture without packing it down. Allow to set for about 30 minutes before cutting into squares.
adapted from The Kitchn
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Easy, effortless no-bake treats are a sigh of relief from turning on the oven sometimes.
What are your favorite no-bake treats?