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Today is the first day of fall!! But even so, pretty much the second the calendar struck September I was already moving my scarf rack to the front of my closet.
I. Love. Fall. And I think everyone loves fall, really, but when you spend the first 22 years of your life pretending fall has come every September, you can’t really love fall, because you don’t really know what fall is. It would be like saying you love foie gras without ever having eaten it.
So when you get to experience fall actually happening? Like, for real? Well, it’s pretty darn exciting. Where I’m from, the high outside is still 95 degrees this time of year!
So you can imagine how pumped I was when I was walking to work and saw this on the way to the train:
Fall is peeking through the trees! So naturally, the entire train ride to work my brain was buzzing with fall-themed projects for the blog, and when I got into work my boss had brought in Pumpkin Munchkins from Dunkin! And that’s when it hit me.
Why have I never added pumpkin flavoring to my rice krispie treats? I make them every fall, so why not?
If you’re trying to get in the mood for fall and the heat or humidity outside has still got you down, these ooey gooey pumpkiny rice krispie treats will do the trick–I promise!
Plus, they only take about 10 minutes to make! Well, that is, if you like your treats when they’re still warm and gooey like I do :)
To get started, gather your ingredients. I just used canned pumpkin, but I imagine that fresh pumpkin would taste even better!
Since it’s just the Mr. and I at home (and since I wasn’t sure if this rice krispie experiment would turn out disastrous–don’t worry, it didn’t!), I went halfsies with the above full recipe on my first go.
Step 1. Plop your butter into a large pan on medium low heat and let it melt.
Step 2. Add your marshmallows. The typical recipe (from the marshmallow bag) calls for 5 1/2 cups marshmallows (the little ones), but since you will be adding pumpkin, you want to reduce the overall goo so your treats aren’t too wet, which is why I recommend only 4 cups marshmallows. It’s up to you, though!
Step 3. When your marshmallows have melted, add your pumpkin** (see below!!) and spices and stir. Add more or less of your spice mix to taste.
IMPORTANT UPDATE 10.18.13: I have gotten some feedback from some of you lovely readers that your treats are turning out too moist.
If this applies to you, I would recommend reducing the total amount of pumpkin in this recipe to closer to 1/8 cup and/or consider placing your pumpkin on several layers of paper towels until much of the moisture in the pumpkin is absorbed.
One reader found this did just the trick! Also, allow your marshmallow mixture to cool for 10-20 minutes or so (use your judgement) before adding the rice krispie cereal. This should help with the moisture issue.
If you’re still finding your treats more moist than you would like, consider eliminating the canned pumpkin altogether and just include the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice! It will still taste great!
But the key to these is eliminating as much excess moisture as possible. Otherwise they won’t turn out well.
Step 4. Toss in your Rice Krispies cereal and stir.
Step 5. Pour your treat mix into a 9×13 baking pan that has been greased, preferably with a little melted butter. Using wax paper, flatten out your treats.
Step 6. Wait a few minutes for everything to cool, then enjoy!
I hope you enjoy these Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats as much as I did! I may or may not have eaten a few too many this morning…
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 cups rice krispie cereal
- 1/2 tsp . cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp . pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 Tbsp . butter
Spread your 1/4 cup pumpkin puree on cheese cloth or between several paper towels and let it sit for 45 minutes, getting rid of the excess moisture in the pumpkin (alternatively, reduce pumpkin puree to 1/8 cup or omit entirely). *Removing as much moisture as possible is important, or your treats won't turn out right!*
In a large pan, melt your butter on medium low heat and add 4 cups mini marshmallows.
Add your pumpkin puree to your melted marshmallows along with your cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
Toss in your rice krispie cereal and stir.
Pour your treat mix into a 9x13 greased baking pan. Cover your treat mix with parchment paper and press your treat mix into the pan.
Allow your treats to cool, and enjoy!
How do you jazz up your treats for fall?