Pumpkin-Shaped Rice Krispie Treats, some seriously delicious Halloween or Thanksgiving goodies that can be made in about 10 minutes or less. Super easy, they go down a treat with kids and grown-ups alike.
It's that time of the year when everything tastes or looks like a pumpkin. If you like Fall, then I am sure you can't be happier about the abundance of seasonal treats and decorations. And everything Fall-related.
Halloween is huge for some people, and I must admit, I quite like the decorating bit as well. And I'm becoming more adventurous with Halloween food too.
These Halloween rice krispie treats might not be healthy, I mean, just because they have some cereal in does not make them healthy at all, given the use of white chocolate, butter and food colouring, but they are fun to make, and surely taste amazing.
And I dare say, are less naughty than whatever shops have to offer when it comes to Halloween treats.
To give them the pumpkin shape I used a large pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, it made the job super easy. Now, if you don't have this particular cookie cutter, you can use any other shapes: ghosts, monsters, witches etc, and use different food colourings.
- rice krispies
- white chocolate - either white chocolate chips or a block
- butter - unsalted
- golden syrup -or honey
- orange food colouring
Step-by-step photos and instructions
- break the chocolate into pieces and cut the butter into cubes
- add them to a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, and leave to melt
- remove from the heat, add the food colouring and golden syrup, stir, then add the rice krispies, and mix well
- while the mixture is still warm, line a baking tray with foil, and add about 2-3 teaspoons of the rice krispie mixture to a pumpkin cookie cutter, pressing the mixture down well
- repeat with the remaining mixture, then refrigerate for at least an hour to firm up
It's that easy! Once they come out of the fridge, they are ready to be enjoyed.
It's very important to melt the butter and white chocolate over a pan of simmering water, rather than the microwave. In this way, the texture is a lot smoother, and the temperature is nowhere near as high, it's barely warm.
White chocolate works best with this recipe, so that orange food colouring can be added to it to give the pumpkin colour. Add the colouring as soon as the chocolate and butter are melted, otherwise, if you add it after you add the rice krispies, the colour won't be even anymore.
Now, I can't tell you how much I looked for the orange food colouring, and no shop around me was selling it. Until I realised I can actually mix the red and yellow food colourings that were available pretty much everywhere. Problem sorted, right? I had to use double the amount of the yellow food colouring, since the red one was stronger, but it did the trick just fine.
You really don't need more than a teaspoon of food colouring, depending how strong the colour is. The liquid ones might be less strong than the paste ones, so adjust the amount until you get the colour you need.
This recipe was tweaked from my Chocolate Rice Krispie Easter Nests recipe, it really is super easy to change it according to the shape and taste you like.
Other Halloween treats
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Pumpkin-Shaped Rice Krispie Treats
- Pumpkin Cookie Cutter
- 1 cup rice krispies
- 100 g white chocolate (3.5 oz)
- 30 g butter (1 oz)
- 1 tablespoon golden syrup (or honey)
- 1 teaspoon orange food colouring
- Break the chocolate into pieces, and cut the butter into cubes.
- Add them to a bowl set over a pan with simmering water.
- Leave to melt completely, then remove it from the heat, add the food colouring and golden syrup, and mix well.
- Add the rice krispies, and give it a good stir.
- Line a baking tray with foil or non-stick paper, and add about 2-3 teaspoons of the mixture to the pumpkin cookie cutter, pressing the mixture down well, then remove the cutter slowly to keep the mixture in place.
- Repeat with the remaining mixture, then refrigerate for at least one hour to firm up.