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Rice Krispies Pumpkins Are the Perfect Little Halloween Treat

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

Why eat boring ol' Rice Krispies treat squares when you can eat them in pumpkin form?

Let's be real. We've never eaten a Rice Krispies treat we didn't like, but the sweet staple isn't exactly exciting visually — especially when you consider how many cute Halloween cookie and cupcake recipes there are out there circulating the internet. But when your Rice Krispies treats take the form of cute little jack-o'-lanterns, well, other seasonal desserts don't really hold a candle.

These cute little pumpkins are almost too cute to eat. Here, we share step-by-step directions for how to make them. Molding the Rice Krispies treats helps give them a pumpkin look, but if you don't have a mold, simply roll the treats into balls and use a wooden spoon to help create the ridges that pumpkins have. It's really simple.

More: Halloween Pancakes Are the Cutest Breakfast Food Ever (Sorry, Mickey!)

Pumpkin-shaped Rice Krispies treats recipe

Adapted from food family & finds

Yields 10-12 pumpkins, depending on size

Ingredients:

  • 1 mini Bundt cake or fluted pan (these can also be found at craft or baking stores)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Orange food coloring
  • Black frosting pen
  • Green frosting pen
  • Pretzel sticks

Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and several drops of orange food coloring to achieve the shade desired. Mix very well until the marshmallows are completely melted.

Why eat boring ol' Rice Krispies treat squares when you can eat them in pumpkin form?
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

2. Add in the Rice Krispies and mix very well.

Why eat boring ol' Rice Krispies treat squares when you can eat them in pumpkin form?
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

3. Spray the ice cream cup pan generously with nonstick cooking spray. Using a large spoon fill each cup with the Rice Krispies mixture and press into the pan firmly. Allow the treats to cool completely about 30-45 minutes.

Why eat boring ol' Rice Krispies treat squares when you can eat them in pumpkin form?
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

4. Remove the treats from the pan and gently press two treats together to form one pumpkin. You may have to use the handle of a wooden spoon to help create the ridges pumpkins have.

Why eat boring ol' Rice Krispies treat squares when you can eat them in pumpkin form?
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

Next Up: Insert a pretzel stick

Originally published October 2013. Updated October 2017.

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