Behold the Great Pumpkin! Hmm….that may seem a bit extreme, but ’tis the season for some wonderful pumpkin concoctions.
It can be found in drinks, appetizers, mains, desserts and everything in between. Nothing it seems is off limits to the round orange wonder and it’s sidekick pumpkin spice mix, or is it?
I was in a rush to make something for my daughter’s fall dance party along with dessert for a friend coming over for dinner. I had some pastry made up in the fridge and pumpkin puree kicking around. The obvious choice for dinner dessert was some pumpkin pie. Yes, it wasn’t Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie was still on the menu. Radical move, but that is how I roll!
I stole about 1/2 cup of the puree from the pumpkin pies and added it to this Rice Krispie treat because:
a) they are super quick to make morning of said dance party
b) it added a fall element to an otherwise Plain Jane run of the mill kids dessert
c) easy to transport
d) nut free for any allergy kids in the class
e) every kid loves Rice Krispie squares (and if they don’t I am super suspicious of them)
f) it would be a great way to mass taste test a new recipe
g) left overs are great for adults as well
h) and last but not least, they are PUMPKIN and super awesome.
Speaking of theft, my photo shoot was ambushed by a pink spider who creepily crawled it’s way from the pumpkin in the background all the way to stealing a treat from the plated display. I should have known there was an ulterior motive when there was an unprompted offer to help out. Not very often is there a keen interest in being an assistant when the photo shoot involves main courses. Funny how that works. All the same it was a fun time together, although it was hard to not let on that I was onto the scheme.
Onto the dance party! After the kids were let out from their Jump, Jive ,and Wail there was a stream of ‘Thanks for the treats!” sang from each of the kids. Awe, melt my heart. It was a thumbs up from the taste testers and I must admit that I snuck a few. I have to make sure they would pass the adult test as well.
Hoping you will try out these pumpkin treats and give the thumbs up in your comments!
Kids just love Rice Krispie treats, so why not make them fall themed with pumpkin?
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 5 cups marshmallows
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice mix
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp all spice
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 6 cups Rice Krispies
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice mix
Prepare a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper & lightly coat with spray oil.
In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the marshmallows & continually stir until about half melted.
Add in the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice & salt. Stir until the mixture is fully melted. Remove from heat & add the vanilla. Let sit to cool slightly for about 10 minutes.
Stir in the Rice Krispie cereal & ensure that it is well coated in the pumpkin marshmallow mixture.
Pour the mixture into the prepare pan & gently push it to the outside edges of the pan. Let cool completely.
In a medium sized microwaveable bowls, melt the white chocolate chips at 50% power & in 30 second increments. Make sure to stir in between.
Once the chocolate is melted, add in the butter & pumpkin spice mix. Spread the mixture on the top of the base that is pressed into the pan. Let set briefly & cut into 24 pieces to serve.