Daily Toddler Play – Pumpkin Crispy Rice Treats

Norton “helps” me shape the Rice Krispy treats into balls

Since it seems like some of the most memorable moments of toddler play for Norton and me are in the kitchen and we had so much fun making them together last year, we made some pumpkin crispy rice treats.  It’s pretty easy.  You use your standard Rice Krispy treat recipe, but with some minor alterations.  (For starters, we doubled the size.)  We had so much fun making them last year that we decided to do it again this month.

Norton samples the mix. For quality control purposes, of course.

1/2 cup butter
10 cups miniature marshmallows
12 cups crispy rice cereal
orange frosting dye
Tootsie Roll Midgees
Green frosting & decorating tip
Pam cooking spray


Melt the butter, then melt the marshmallows.  Once you’ve got the marshmallows nearly melted, add the orange icing frosting to get your orange marshmallows.  Remember that it only takes a little bit of frosting dye to get the desired effect.  (As in, the directions tell you to dip a toothpick in the dye pot to get a bit to add to frosting when you’re coloring it.)  Mix in your crispy rice cereal until coated.

Then the fun starts.  We dumped out the cereal mix on the counter (covered with wax paper).  I had my husband spray my hands with Pam so that I didn’t have the sticky goo sticking to my hands.  I shaped the cereal mix into balls while Norton ate the mix.  Once the balls were shaped (and I did have to reshape them from time to time until they started to harden), I stuffed Tootsie Roll midgees into the top to make a pumpkin stem.  Once they were settled and firmed, we painted leaves on the pumpkin balls with the green frosting and decorating tip.

Granted, Norton was more “helpful” than helpful, but he had a really good time.  And so did I.  That was the important part.

Rice Krispy Pumpkins, finished

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About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I love these!! So creative and yummy, love it.

  2. OMG! This is one of the cutest Fall/Halloween treats I have seen. My little girl would absolutely love making these. We are constantly baking here and this would be fun for the both of us. So creative using the mini tootsie rolls as stems 🙂

  3. I like this idea so much. When the storm is over I am going to have to try it out with the kids. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Melissa S.O.S. Mom says:

    That is such an original idea… Your little one seemed to have appreciated it a lot! Will share this one 🙂

  5. Those are really cute – what a fun, and messy, activity to do with your littles!
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  6. Those are really cute treats! Glad your little one had fun helping.
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  7. These are so cute! I’m working on pumpkin jello jigglers and didn’t think about tootsie rolls for stems!
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  8. Oh this is such a good idea. My boys would love this.
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  9. My blog just started doing crafty type posts because my co-blogger is so great at making stuff and I’ve recently been interested. I’ve seen this type of fun recipe floating around and seeing it all laid out with a how to makes me want to do with our girls close to halloween!

    Thanks for sharing and pinning for later 🙂
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    • We’ve done this recipe every year for the last 3 years now. 🙂 It’s always fun, and this year Eudora will be old enough to participate. Can’t wait to do it again!

  10. Love these what a great idea for a Halloween treat!
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  11. How cute are these! I think kids of any age would love to make these (at least my boys would because they then get to eat them!). I’ll definitely be pinning it!
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  12. We are having an All Hallows bonfire and costume party and I was wondering how you dye and embellish Rice Krispie treats for special occasions. I’ll definitely be bookmarking this for help!
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  13. Ah! I haven’t made rice krispies treats since high school!! Now I need some 😉
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  14. These are absolutely adorable! I love me some Rice Krispie treats so I’m going to pin this and try them.
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  15. I am so in love with this!! I am always baking with my daughter who loves to help me “make cookie” (Everything is cookie to her). This is simply enough for her to take part in and make mini pumpkins – although I am sure she will do her fair share of munching too! Thanks for the idea!
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  16. These are cute! I was expecting there to be pumpkin in them, though!

  17. Christina Howell says:

    These are so cute! I think my son would have a blast making them with me. He loves pumpkins!

  18. I was wondering how these would taste!….but then I saw that there’s no pumpkin in them… 😉


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