Snacks & Treats
Pumpkin Crispy Rice Cookies
BY STEPHANIE KEEPING, SPACESHIPS AND LASER BEAMS
Oct 24, 2017
It’s that time of the year for tricks and treats. This one is a little of both!
Wouldn’t you love knowing how to “carve” a pumpkin without needing to use a knife? It’s a very kid-friendly process. All you need is a great cookie recipe and a cookie cutter.
I’m sharing the cookie recipe so grab a cookie cutter and let’s get going! And if you’re looking for another pumpkin recipes that kids can easily help with, try our two-ingredient pumpkin muffins.
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- 2 packages jumbo marshmallows
- 1 12-ounce box of crispy rice
- ½ cup butter, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup orange melting chocolate
- 1 cup green melting chocolate
- 1 cup brown melting chocolate (or chocolate chips)
Start by melting the butter and a couple packages of jumbo marshmallows in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. According to my eight-year-old, watching the marshmallows puff is spellbinding. I agree.
Vanilla is a common ingredient in rice crispy treats, but cinnamon adds a pinch of bewitchment to this version. Add both in and mix until smooth.
Now for a little alchemy: in a large bowl, combine the marshmallow mix and the rice crispies.
Using parchment paper makes rolling everything out less messy. Line a 12x18 cookie sheet with parchment paper and transfer mixture to the baking sheet. Place a second piece of parchment paper on top and use a rolling pin to spread mixture into an even layer.
Once everything has firmed up (you can let sit for about an hour or place in the fridge), the “carving” can begin. Sam and I used a 3 ½ inch pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, but adjust according to your preferences.
Once the cut-out pumpkins are set aside on a separate piece of parchment paper, you can line ramekins with piping bags and then fill them with melting chocolates. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
Once the chocolates have melted, snip a small opening in the tip and drizzle the chocolate onto the pumpkins. Get creative with lines and squiggles.
No worries if there are lumps and bumps. After all, some pumpkins look downright warty!
Let the melting chocolate harden and you’re done.
Bag them for classroom treats or hand them out when small goblins make their way to your door.
Try to save some for the family too…but I warn you: It’s downright eerie how quickly they disappear!
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