Puffed-Rice Pumpkins

  • Prep Time25 mins
  • Total Time35 mins
  • Makes10-12 pumpkins
Puffed-Rice Pumpkins

Nothing says fall like pumpkins! And these fun pumpkin-shaped treats are perfect for making with the kids.


  • 3 tbsp butter

  • 5 cups mini marshmallows

  • 1/4 tsp orange gel food colouring

  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, optional

  • 6 cups puffed rice cereal

  • green licorice, cut into 1-in. long strips


  • Spray 2 12-cup mini Bundt pans with oil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Heat a large non-stick pot over medium-low. Add butter, marshmallows, food colouring and pumpkin pie spice. Stir until marshmallows are melted, 3 to 5 min. Remove from heat and stir in cereal until it’s completely coated.

  • When mixture is warm (not hot), spray your hands lightly with oil, then working quickly, press 1⁄4 cup of mixture into Bundt wells. Let stand for 2 to 3 min. Remove from pan and gently press the flat sides of 2 halves together to form a pumpkin. Add licorice stems.

Don’t have mini Bundt pans? Hand-form pumpkins with 1/2 cup of marshmallow-cereal mixture.

Originally published in the Today's Parent October 2014 issue.