Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rice Krispy Treats, Pumpkin Shaped

Rice Krispy Treats, Pumpkin Shaped

I know that rice krispy treats aren't new or that the recipe is hard to find, but I am blogging this particular recipe because it is made with oil, not butter.  I have made these MANY times before and NO ONE can tell the difference- they all assume it is made with butter.  What is better than a treat that taste like its made with butter, but isn't??  A recipe that uses the microwave and not the stove, yep its true!!

In a large microwave safe bowl pour a 10 oz bag of marshmallows in with 3 tbsp of oil.  Microwave for 1 minute and stir.  Microwave for 30 more seconds.  

Add 5 1/2 c rice krispy cereal and stir until the marshmallow and cereal have been well incorporated.  

Spray a 8x8 pan for thicker treats or a 9x13 pan for thinner treats.  Drop the rice kispy treats into the pan.  I like to use a piece of wax paper to press the treats into the pan so that they do not stick to my hands while doing so.


For pumpkin shaped treats ...

after the marshmallows have been microwaved for a minute with oil, stirred and microwaved 30 more seconds, add orange food coloring.  I used about 3 drops of red and 2 drops of yellow.  Stir well.  Then add the 5 1/2 c of cereal.  An orange color will appear once done stirring all together.

Because the treats are so sticky, I used an ice cream scoop to scoop out my treats and softly formed them into circles.  
I used green licorice, you can also use green gumdrops if you would like.  Gently press the green candy of your choice into the center of the pumpkins.  Finish by piping green frosting along the sides to give your treats a complete pumpkin look!

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