Get your hands sticky making adorable Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats! Melt butter and marshmallows, color orange, mix with Rice Krispies, then shape. Top with a pretzel stem and green Airhead accents. It’s a delightfully tasty activity kids will love to make and eat!
How stinkin’ adorable are these little pumpkin rice krispie treats? Gosh, I just love fall. When the leaves start to change and the grocery stores start to put out their pumpkins, it gets me so excited! All the pumpkin recipes and fall fun can officially commence.
These easy marshmallow treats are so fun to make and the perfect recipe that the kids can help out with. They’re great for parties too! Make a dessert table look extra adorable with these soft, sugar, and festive pumpkin rice krispie treats.
Why You’ll Love Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
- These adorable treats are a great treat to give out as a gift. Wrap in fall-themed cellophane bag and some ribbon and you’ve got the perfect party favors or classroom gift.
- It will only take 25 minutes to make this fun and tasty recipe.
- This easy recipe is perfect for kids to make on their own or to help out with in the kitchen.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispie Treats
- Rice krispie cereal – You can’t make rice krispie treats without the rice krispies. During the holiday season, I like to buy them in the giant family size boxes so I just have them in my pantry whenever inspiration, or a sweet tooth, strikes!
- Mini marshmallows – Mini marshmallows melt much more easily than the large marshmallows will.
- Butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe, either works just fine.
- Pretzel rods – Pretzel rods are the easiest way to make little stems for your pumpkins.
- Orange food coloring – Gel food coloring tends to work a little better in recipes like this.
- Green airheads – This malleable candy easily makes leaves for the stems of the pumpkins.
How to Make Pumpkin Rice Krispies
- Begin by melting butter in a large non stick saucepan. Once melted, add the marshmallows and stir to combine.
- When the marshmallows start to melt, add the orange food coloring until it reaches the shade of orange that you want.
- Keep stirring until the color is combined and all marshmallows are melted, you’ll want a smooth and creamy texture.
- Turn off the heat and add the Rice Krispies cereal into the marshmallow mixture, one cup at a time. Stir well after each cup and once all cereal is added, let the mixture cool slightly until you are able to handle it.
- Lay a sheet of parchment paper onto a clean surface, then coat your hands in non stick cooking spray or butter. Scoop large portions of the Rice Krispies mixture out of the pan and form into balls.
- Press down on the top and bottom of each ball to form a pumpkin shape. Then, use your finger to make a large enough dent for the pretzel rod. Set each of the pumpkin shaped rice krispie treats onto the sheet of parchment paper.
- Take a pretzel rod and place a small piece into the middle of the top of the pumpkin and press down.
- Then cut leaf shapes out of an air head using scissors or kitchen shears. To make some vines, cut a thin piece of air head and then roll it out into a rope like shape. Wrap the candy rope around a skewer stick or something else thin to make a twisted vine.
- Gently pull it off of the skewer and then stick the vine on one side of the pretzel stick stem and the leaf on the other side.
- Repeat those processes for every pumpkin.
- Once all of your pumpkins are decorated and complete, serve immediately or wrap in a cute bag to hand out as gifts!
How to Store Leftover Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
Place any leftover rice krispie treats into an air tight container and store at room temperature for 2-3 days. To extend the life of these sweet treats, store in the refrigerator at room temperature for up to 5 days.
I do not recommend freezing these pumpkin rice krispie treats.
What can I use instead of green air heads?
Not a fan of the sour flavor with a sweet rice krispie pumpkin? You can make leaves and stems out of green fondant instead!
What can I use instead of pretzels?
If you can’t find pretzel rods or need a different option, you can use tootsie rolls, mini twix, a roll of brown fondant, or any other small cylindrical object.
- Make different sizes of pumpkins for a cute variety! Some large pumpkins, small pumpkins, and medium pumpkins all together will look like a fun little pumpkin patch.
- Press the pretzel rod, vines, and leaves into the pumpkin before the marshmallows and cereal completely set. The tacky marshmallow will help everything adhere to the pumpkin.
- If you have problems with the rice krispie mixture sticking to your hands, stop during the process and rinse your hands and then re-grease them and keep going!
Make a sweet treat pumpkin patch with this adorably fun pumpkin rice krispie treats recipe.
More Fall Recipes and Activities You’ll Love
- Turkey Cupcakes will complete the most adorable Thanksgiving dessert table!
- This Indian Corn Craft is a really fun craft that you can use as a cute fall decoration.
- Make a Fall Leaf Pom Pom Painting with your kiddos who are a younger age.
- Need an easy printable activity? This Thanksgiving I Spy is such a fun activity.
- 6 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
- 3 tbsp salted butter
- 1 10 oz package of mini marshmallows
- Orange food coloring
- 5-6 pretzel rods ( the end pieces only )
- 8 green airheads
- Melt the butter in a large non stick pan on low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir to combine. Once slightly melted begin adding orange food coloring until your reach the desired color.
- Keep stirring until marshmallows are completely melted. Turn off heat and add in the Rice Krispies, one cup at a time. Stir after each addition. Let cool slightly so you are able to handle the mixture.
- Lay down a sheet of parchment paper. Then coat your hands with cooking spray. Take large portions of the Rice Krispie mixture and form into balls. You can keep them uniform in size or different sizes.
- Press down on the top and bottom of each ball to form into a pumpkin shape. Then use your finger to make a dent in the top for the pretzel rod. Set on parchment paper.
- Take the pretzel and place it into the middle of the top of the pumpkin and press down slightly so it sticks.
- Cut little leaf shapes out of the airheads using a scissors.
- Tor form the vine, cut along the long part of the airhead very thinly, roll out into a small rope. Wrap it around something thin like a skewer stick to make a twisty vine.
- Gently pull off the skewer and stick to one side of the pretzel and stick the leaf on the other side, repeat for all the pumpkins.
- Place in airtight container and store for 2-3 days on the counter.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g