Krispy Treats are an old favorite. I make them quite often in the summer because they are a sweet treat I can quickly mix up and don’t have to turn on the oven. Everyone likes them and they are good in packed lunches or just a snack.
And, it’s no secret that pumpkin spice anything is all the rage. Soooooooo, why not make Pumpkin Spice Krispy Treats? Ya? I knew you would agree!
Confession: I was so anxious to make these that I forgot to take pictures of the process but it is pretty basic. I managed to get one of the finished product before my family discovered them.
With this recipe, you start with the basic Krispy Treat recipe that is on the back of the box. I know there are others out there but, frankly, if its not broke, why fix it? The only additional ingredient is a small (4 serving) box of instant Pumpkin Spice pudding. It usually comes out this time of year for a short time.
Now, I recently found out the secret to the best Krispy treats. I have been making them most of my life and I just found this out. It is big…..really, really big. It’s called a microwave! I know, I know most of you out there probably know this but I have always made them the old fashioned way in a pot on the stove. However, I was watching a cooking show several weeks ago and saw them making them in the microwave. I decided to try the method on a particularly hot August day so I wouldn’t heat up the kitchen. The marshmallows poof as they cook in the microwave and they become extra gooey. The best part is that they stay gooey even when cool. I find that when I make them on the stove, they have a tendency to get hard once they cool and are not gooey any more. I have made them in the microwave several times now and they never get too hard. They are soft and bendable and yummy (swoon).
OK, back to the treats. I put the 3 Tablespoons of butter in a large microwavable bowl with the 10 oz bag of marshmallows. I cook them in the microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. They should be nice and melted and able to fully incorporate the butter and marshmallows at this time. Add the box of pudding and stir it in thoroughly. Now, to keep it soft enough after stirring in the pudding, put it back in the microwave for one last 30 second blast. This will ensure that the mixture is soft enough to cover all the rice cereal. Pour in the 6 cups of Rice Krispies and stir until all is covered.
Coat a 13x9in pan with butter or cooking spray. Dump mixture into pan and pat down until all is level. It is usually a good idea to put butter or oil on your fingers/hands to keep the mix from sticking as you pat.
Allow to cool and then cut into squares. Keep in sealed container (if they stay around that long).
I was going to add some candy corn to the mix but the hubs nixed the idea………hmmmm, maybe I will add them next time and I will have the whole pan to myself!:)
Give these a try and I think you will really like them. They have a subtle but yummy pumpkin spice flavor. Let me know if you put any add-ins into them.
Have a yummy day!