I'm not usually an impulse shopper. But the other day I was at the grocery store buying some baking goodies and I saw a bag of Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Mallows. I had to have them. After making my purchase, I spent hours brainstorming what kind of tasty fall treat I was going to make with these festive marshmallows. But I couldn't really come up with anything that sounded better than the recipe on the bag for your basic crispy rice treats, but pumpkin spice style.
So I made them. They were good as is, but I decided to try them with some maple cream cheese frosting. The frosting took them from good to great. After eating a few, I was inspired with some ideas for variations. So I might just be making a Part 2 of this post. If you like crispy rice treats and you are obsessed with pumpkin, (like me) buy a bag and give it a try. These are easy and delicious!
Pumpkin Spiced Crispy Rice Treats
1/4 cup margarine
1 bag (10 oz) Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Mallows
6 cups crisp rice cereal
Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
Microwave margarine in large microwavable bowl on high 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows and toss to coat. Microwave 1 1/2 minutes or until marshmallows are melted, stirring after 45 seconds.
Add cereal, mix well. Press cereal mixture firmly onto bottom of prepared pan and let cool.
Cut out with pumpkin shaped cookie cutter. Top with maple cream cheese frosting and garnish with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves, if desired.
Recipe adapted slightly from Kraft Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Mallows
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz light cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp light maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk or beat cream cheese until smooth. Add syrup and vanilla. If texture is too thick, add water, 1 Tbsp at a time.
Recipe adapted from Cooking for Seven