Pumpkin-Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

Published October 2, 2016. Updated October 17, 2023

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Such a fun easy treat the whole family will love, especially the kids! Traditional rice krispies treats are tinted orange, shaped into rounds, and topped with a pretzel stick and shaped green candy, such as airheads (or green fondant). The perfect pumpkin rice krispie treats are the best for Halloween and Thanksgiving parties, or a weekend edible craft.

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No matter how old you are rice krispie treats never get old! I still make them all the time for a quick treat and I’ll never get sick of them.

Here I’ve made them into a fall-inspired treat that both young and old alike will love! Whenever I take them to a Halloween party or Thanksgiving dinner they disappear in no time (ugh and I can never stop at just one).

I’ve mentioned in the recipe if you are making them for adults I’d use the marshmallow fondant, then for kids use the green airheads as pictured.

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These Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats have no pumpkin flavoring—they taste just like the classic Rice Krispie Treats you know and love!

I’m assuming if you did mix pumpkin into rice krispie treats they’d probably almost immediately go stale and the consistency and everything would just be off. You could add a little pumpkin pie spice though.

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I bought a few different ingredients trying to figure out which would be best for the stem. I got mini Twix, red vines black licorice, and pretzel rods (I’ve also seen tootsie rolls used).

I decided the pretzel looked the best plus it was a nice balance to have a little salty to balance out all the sweet.

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If you want to make mini pumpkin rice krispie treats, just make them about golf ball size and use mini pretzel sticks instead of the pretzel rods.

I’m not sure how many minis you’d get but probably about 3 or 4 times what you get from the baseball-sized ones. You should make these with your kids at least once this fall. It’s such a fun treat to make together!

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Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

Such a fun easy treat the whole family will love, especially the kids! Traditional rice krispies treats are tinted orange, shaped into rounds and topped with a pretzel stick and shaped green candy, such as airheads (or green fondant). Perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving parties, or a weekend edible craft.
Servings: 6
Prep20 minutes
Cook5 minutes
Ready in: 25 minutes


  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 (10 oz) pkg. mini marshmallows
  • Orange gel food coloring
  • 3 pretzel rods, end portions broken off into 2-inch pieces (so you'll have 6 pieces)
  • 6 mini green airheads or green fondant*
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  • Measure out rice krispies cereal and pour into a bowl. Melt butter in a 4 quart non-stick saucepan or pot over medium-low heat. 
  • Add marshmallows and stir and as they begin to melt start adding in the gel food coloring until desired color is achieved. Stir constantly until marshmallows have melted. 
  • Remove from heat then immediately pour in rice krispies cereal and gently stir and fold with a spatula until cereal is evenly coated. Let mixture cool slightly (until it's cool enough to handle with your hands).
  • Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray then shape rice krispie treat mixture into balls about the size of a baseball, then insert 1 piece of the pretzel rod into the top center and reshape the pumpkin as needed. Transfer to a plate or dish sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  • Beginning on one side of the airhead candy cut out a leaf shape with clean scissors then use the remaining portion of the piece of candy to roll and shape into a thin rope shape then twist into a vine shape (or just shape the fondant accordingly, no cutting required). 
  • Place candy on the sides of each pretzel on the pumpkin (as pictured). Repeat with remaining candy. Store in an airtight container.


  • *If making this for kids I'd just use the airheads because they usually like the taste of them, if making it for adults I'd recommend making 1/4 a batch of this fondant recipe (it's the only fondant recipe I like) and tinting it green - it tastes better than the airheads.
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 306mg13%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2040IU41%
Vitamin C 17.7mg21%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 8.9mg49%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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    This recipe is a 10 it’s easy it’s fun and children can help make them

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry to hear that! Did you use gel food coloring?

      It may likely just be that the mixture needs to cook a little longer because eventually melted marshmallows will always start to set back up.

  • Vicki

    This recipe worked very well for me. It made 45 small golf ball size pumpkins. I made 3 tiny changes to the recipe. I used a 12 oz. bag of reg. size bag of marshmallows (43 pieces) instead of mini size. I used 4 TBL butter since my regular recipe for RK treats calls for that. And I added an extra 1/2 cup of RK to offset extra butter and marshmallows. Wearing vinyl gloves (like medical gloves) and spraying them w/ cooking spray once worked perfectly to roll all the balls! I used mini pretzels for stems and made green fruit roll-ups using a Pinterest recipe for the leaves. I broke apart twisted mini pretzels because I couldn’t find the mini sticks. The sticks would be better as you could point the ends of each stick up so the white rough edge of the broken pretzels wouldn’t show. Another tip…if you mix in a large glass bowl, you can reheat for a few seconds in the microwave if the mixture cools too much as you work. I believe the posted recipe would work well exactly as written. I just didn’t want leftover marshmallows so made small changes.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry to hear they gave you trouble! I’d be happy to explain further which part was hard to understand?

      • Jaclyn

        Jaclyn Bell

        Sorry to hear that! Maybe let the mixture cool longer if it’s too warm it won’t hold a shape.

  • Leah

    Love it. This recipe was easy and was a great hit w the grandkids. I added a splash of pumpkin pie spice.

  • Nebraska Working Mom

    These turned out pretty well. I did make a couple of alterations in that I only added 5 cups of rice cereal (instead of 6). Also to make the balls, I oiled some plastic wrap with non stick spray and molded the ball shape inside the plastic wrap to keep the treats from sticking to my fingers.