The addition of pumpkin actually gives a nutritional boost, which parents will appreciate with all the sweets being devoured. I think they taste like a crunchy pumpkin pie and the only thing I would do differently is spread the mixture in a 8" x 8" square pan, instead of the 13" x 9" pan that I did use--I would like these treats thicker!
Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
3 T unsalted butter
16 Jumbo marshmallows or 4 cups of mini or one 10oz bag of regular size
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice*
7 cups Rice Krispies
In a large sauce pan on med/low heat, melt the butter, then, add the marshmallows. Lower the heat to low and put a lid on the pan.
Check the mixture every 2-3 minutes and stir together. Remove lid and add the pumpkin and spice. Stir to combine completely. Add the Rice Krispies, half at a time, stirring between additions to cover completely.
Pour mixture into a 8" x 8" square pan or 13" x 9" rectangular pan that has been lightly sprayed with a baking spray or butter the pans. Use an off-set spatula to spread mixture completely. Let cool about 10minutes, then, press with your finger-tips to compress the treats.
Wait about 30 minutes before cutting into desired size squares. The best thing is that these treats are Gluten-free! which is an important factor for a lot of children (and adults).
*Pumpkin Pie Spice mix
1 cup ground Cinnamon
9 T + 1 tsp. ground Ginger
2 T + 1 tsp. each, ground Nutmeg, Allspice, and Cloves
In a bowl, whisk all the ingredients until fully incorporated.
Store mixture in an air-tight bag (like a Seal-a-meal) or add the mixture to small jars to give as gifts.
Which is what I'm doing today. I've made up some extra and will gladly do a quick Give-Away, keeping in the generous spirit of our daughter, to someone who comments on this post.
You will be all set for those Fall recipes calling for these spices. Most recipes will use as little as one teaspoon or up to one tablespoon. This spice is also good stirred into coffee or smoothies and the recipe is perfect if you're putting together a gift of homemade goodies for a friend or loved one this season. Enjoy!