I changed it up a bit because the reviews stated they came out soggy. I also wanted them to look like pumpkins.
1. Pumpkin puree- 1/4 cup
2. Pumpkin pie spice- 1TBSP
3. Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
4. Cinnamon- 1/2 TBSP
5. Marshmallows- 40 large or one bag of minis
6. Rice Krispie cereal- 6 cups
7. Butter- 3 TBSP
8. Candy corn or tootsie rolls (for stem)
9. Paper towels
First things first...YOU NEED TO GET THE MOISTURE OUT OF THE PUMPKIN PUREE!!
To do this, place a bunch of paper towels on a plate. Put your 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree onto paper towels and start patting it. This takes awhile and it takes a lot of paper towels to drain it all. I started with 3 paper towels each time and transferred it to new ones once soaked.
These are after I was done...you will be able to pick it up after it was all drained. Looks a little like play-doh.
After all the moisture is out, melt the butter in a large pot.
Add the pumpkin to melted butter.
Stir until heated. It will be a little chunky.
Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
Once all marshmallows are melted, add the spices and vanilla extract. Stir until mixed well .
Time to add the cereal! I add 2 cups at a time because mixing dry cereal to sticky marshmallows takes some elbow grease.
After all the cereal and marshmallows are mixed, spray a cookie sheet with PAM. This is where is gets super sticky...and kind of fun. :)
*If you want traditional bars: spray a 9X13 pan, put treats in and you are done. The next steps are how to make them into pumpkin shapes.
For pumpkin shapes: spray your hands with PAM so they don't stick to you. Roll into balls. You can make them whatever size you want. Mine were a little bigger than golf ball size. After you roll, stick your finger on the top to make a little hole for the stem.
Add the stem using candy corn or a tootsie roll.
Put them on the cookie sheet to settle. then you can transfer on a cute plate, cupcake holders, baggies, etc.
Done! The whole process took about an hour and they look so cute.