Our third Rice Krispies challenge is upon us. This time we were challenged to create a spooky fall treat that would double as a fun craft for moms and kids to work on together. We created our original recipe first, a Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies treat. Then we created our craft, a haunted pumpkin patch. We had tons of fun putting it together.
We started by making a large flat tray of our Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Treats which we covered in chocolate frosting and chocolate cookie crumbs (our dirt) to serve as the base for our haunted pumpkin patch. We then made our “fence” by connecting parallel running pretzel sticks to marshmallow “posts” and adhered them around the edge of our base. We made spooky “trees” with black licorice and adhered them into the frosting. A path was created through the patch using Reeces Pieces as “cobblestones.” We then whipped up another batch of Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies Treats (this time dyeing them orange) and made them into round pumpkin shapes. A third of a pretzel stick was stuck into each pumpkin top before a green icing leaf was piped on to the “stem.” Finally we decorated the patch with fun spooky items found at the craft store, like miniature wooden tomb stones, ghosts made out of Peeps candy, miniature mummies and skeletons, small plastic spiders etc.
We had a blast creating, chatting and decorating! Be sure to check out some of the amazing treats the other teams created on The Motherhood.
Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats – Haunted Pumpkin Patch
- 1 stick (8 TBS) butter or margarine
- 1 ¼ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 package(about 40) + 10 regular marshmallows
- 2 TBS Pumpkin Puree
- 7 cups Rice Krispies
- In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Stirring frequently. Butter will foam and then the foam will subside. Brown bits will begin to form at the bottom. Keep stirring. You will smell a nutty aroma and the butter will be lightly brown. Off the heat.
- Stir in pumpkin pie spice until incorporated. Add marshmallows and stir. Put the heat back on low and stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Stir in pumpkin puree and two drops of red food coloring and 3-4 drops of yellow food coloring (to make desired orange color).
- Mix in Rice Krispies until they are fully coated with marshmallow mixture. Turn out onto a wax paper lined baking sheet.
To Make Pumpkins:
- One batch Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats.
- Small Pretzel Sticks
- Green Icing tube with Leaf tip.
- Allow Rice Krispies Treats to cool for a bit.
- Shape into round balls. Insert a 1/3 of a pretzel stick into the tops to act as a pumpkin stem.
- Use green icing and an leaf tip to create a small green leaf on the side of the “stem.”
To Assemble Haunted Pumpkin Patch:
- 2 batches of Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats
- 1 batch Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats made into Pumpkins
- 1 can Chocolate Frosting
- 2-3 cups Chocolate Cookie Crumbs (crumble plain chocolate cookies in a food processor or blender)
- 1 bag Marshmallows
- 1 bag Pretzel Sticks
- 2 -3 sticks of Black Twizzlers
- 1/3 cup Reeces Pieces
- Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts, assorted miniature Halloween signs, tomb stones, zombies, bats, spiders , ghosts from a craft store for decorating
- Spread a baking sheet with wax paper and spray with cooking spray. Make 2 batches of Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats and spread out onto baking sheet evenly. Once cooled completely turn over onto a platter or tray.
- Frost Treats with chocolate frosting and cover with cookie crumbs (for dirt).
- Create a “fence” around Treats by taking 2 Marshmallows and connecting them with 2 parallel pretzel sticks. Continue to join pretzels sticks and Marshmallows until the fence goes around the tray of Rice Krispies Treats. Adhere the marshmallows to the chocolate frosting.
- Make a “path across the middle of the Treats (vertically) with Reeces Pieces.
- Cut the tops of the Twizzlers down in thin strips to make tree branches and cut them slightly at the bottom (to make roots) and adhere into the frosting for spooky trees.
- Scatter the Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treat Pumpkins around the “pumpkin patch.”
- Decorate with marshmallow ghosts and store bought spooky creatures and signs.
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