Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

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Wanna know something?

I’m a little sick of pumpkin spice lattes.

I used to be on pins and needles about when I could get the first one of the year. And I savored it like it was the last one on earth; I licked that cup clean. But then they started advertising them in, like, April and I got a little annoyed. Maybe a bit pumpkin-spiced out. So I haven’t had one this year.

But as I went to make some treats for a playdate, I thought pumpkin spice might be a nice fall twist on the classic Rice Krispie treat. I. Was. Right.

Looking for a fall version of one of the yummiest, simplest treats around? Look no further. This is a super-flavorful, lightly-spiced crunchy sweet treat. I originally made these for a kid playdate, but the adults ended up loving them so much we moved them right out of the playroom and into the living room.

While there’s not actual pumpkin in these (that’s a blog disaster for another time — but let’s just say it wasn’t good), these rely on pumpkin pie spice for a fall twist. In addition to the added spice, these treats use browned butter — mmmmmmmmm — which makes them taste all toasty and nutty.

Betcha can’t eat just one…

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats


1 cup unsalted butter

1 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 10-ounce. bags marshmallows

9 cups crispy rice cereal


Line a 9x13-inch pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the sides. (This will make it easier to remove from pan and cut.) Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt the butter in a large stock pot set over medium-low heat. Cook until golden brown and aromatic, swirling the pan occasionally. (Watch carefully, it can go from brown to burned quickly.) Once the butter is browned, stir in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and the salt. Add all of the marshmallows and stir the mixture constantly until the marshmallows are completely melted.

Remove from heat and add the cereal, using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to coat the cereal evenly with the marshmallow mixture. Spread the mixture in an even layer in the prepared baking pan. Let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.


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