In the Cookie Jar

Crispy Jack O’Lantern Treats

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Some of Alex and Julia's friends came over today, along with my sister and my niece, to decorate Halloween cookies.

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I made these pumpkin-shaped treats with the standard rice crispy treat recipe and a bit of red and yellow food coloring added to the marshmallows as they melted.

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I decorated them with some canned chocolate frosting I had left over from something.

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They went over pretty well.

In case you'd like the recipe, I used the following:

6 T butter

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60 marshmallows

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7 1/2 cups crisped rice cereal

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red and yellow food coloring (I was out of orange)

chocolate frosting

2 little helpers

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We melted the butter,

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then added in the marshmallows,

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and when they were nearly all melted, I added some red and yellow food coloring. 

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Then we stirred in the rice cereal,

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and then poured out the mixture onto two sheet pans lined with parchment paper.  (No need to butter the parchment.)

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I patted the mixture out about half an inch thick with a buttered rubber spatula and let it all sit for a few minutes. 

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Mmmmm…marshmallowy…

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Then I took my pumpkin-shaped cutter and cut out as many pumpkins as I could. 

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It helped to butter the inside and outside of the cutter – less sticking.

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Then, I piped the outlines

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and faces on my pumpkins,

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put them on a tray, and hid them in the pantry.  I ended up with 24 crispy little pumpkins.

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And then I ate the leftover bits.  Well, I shared with the kids and Bill.  Some.

3 thoughts on “Crispy Jack O’Lantern Treats

  1. What a fun twist on traditional rice crispy treats! It certainly puts you in the “Halloween spirit!” I’m actually spending my first Halloween in years in a country that doesn’t really celebrate Halloween. So, I’ve been using cooking/food to celebrate Halloween. I’d love to try this one out! Thanks for sharing!

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