Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Preschool is such a fun time in a child’s life. They get to go to school for a few hours, play with friends, and have lots of parties! They aren’t ready for the responsibility of elementary school yet, but are working their way towards it. 

Tyler did preschool for three years before starting kindergarten this year, and Ryan is in his second year of preschool at the same school. It’s only 12 hours a week, but it’s enough time to get them out of the house and with other kids their age. 

And, as I mentioned, there are the class parties. Their preschool does four of them. The first is Halloween, then Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. Last year, I was the parent in charge of the Halloween party in Ryan’s class for the two-year-olds. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Of course, when you are planning a party for kids that age, you have to think very easy, non-messy, kid-friendly foods, drinks, and snacks. But, I also wanted to keep it themed as much as I could. 

When I was at the grocery store browsing through the Halloween section, I found an adorable little pumpkin cookie cutter. I grabbed it, not yet knowing what I wanted to do with it. 

As I started thinking further about the foods, Ryan was asking about Rice Krispie Treats. Those are easy to make, can be made the night before, and are good finger-food snacks for the kids.

When I thought about it further, I realized I could probably make the Rice Krispie Treats into pumpkins to use my cutter. Since I always make the boy’s birthday cakes, I have a lot of food coloring gels, including orange. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

I know I am writing this recipe for making Halloween Rice Krispies Treats, but you could use the same idea to make them for any holiday or occasion if you have the right cookie cutters. 

Also, I tried to add orange sugar crystal sprinkles into the mixture and you couldn’t even see them. I took it out of the recipe since it wasn’t noticeable and only added extra sugar at that point. But, if you wanted a contrasting color sprinkles, that could make a difference.

Step by Step

Start by making the Rice Krispies in the traditional recipe. Melt 3 tbsp of butter in a large sauce pot over low heat. 

Add the marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. Make sure to stir continuously so they don’t burn to the bottom of the pan. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

At this point, I removed the pan from the heat and added a few drops of my orange food color gel and stirred that in really well. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Pour in the Rice Krispies cereal and stir until the cereal is well-coated with the marshmallows. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Let it cool for a few minutes, then place the entire thing on a piece of wax paper. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Cover with another sheet of wax paper and use a rolling pin to flatten out the Rice Krispies. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Gently take the top sheet of wax paper off and use the cookie cutter to make as many pumpkins as you can fit. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Move those to a serving platter or storage container. Then roll up the rest of the treats and continue, similar to how you would when making sugar cookies. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Optional: Use a green icing to draw a face on the pumpkins. Since these were for little kids, they really enjoyed the silly faces. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

The Rice Krispies treats will stay good if sealed in an airtight container for up to two days. They are best eaten on the day they are made, but Ryan’s school party was at 10am so I wouldn’t have had time to make them that day. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

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Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies
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5 from 6 votes

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: halloween, marshmallow
Servings: 20 servings


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 10 oz marshmallows
  • 2-4 drops orange food coloring
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal


  • In a large saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter
  • Add the marshmallows and stir continuously until melted
  • Drop in the orange food color and stir until it’s completely mixed in
  • Remove from the heat and add the Rice Krispies cereal, stirring until coated well
  • Lay a sheet of wax paper on the counter, place the Rice Krispies on top, then cover with another sheet of wax paper
  • Use a rolling pin to flatten the treats
  • Make shapes with the cookie cutter and set the finished ones on a serving tray
  • Continue to roll up the remaining Rice Krispies and flatten out to make more pumpkins, similar to how you would make sugar cookies
  • Optional: use a tipped green food gel to add silly faces
Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

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14 thoughts on “Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

  1. I am so making these. I love rice krispie treats. I use to make my mom make them for me all the time. Yup, I will get her to help me make these. And no I am not sharing. LOL

  2. What a great idea! I looks like so much fun to spend some time with family! I will definitely give it a try! I don’t have a kid yet, but my nephew will surely enjoy this 🙂

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