Candy Corn Halloween Rice Krispie Treat Recipe and How-To's
Traditional Rice Krispie Treats get a festive update in this
Candy Corn Halloween Rice Krispie Treat recipe.
This recipe takes a bit more time to put together than the
usual bar cookie version – but to be honest, what doesn’t?
It calls for just 4 ingredients (crispy rice cereal,
marshmallows, butter, and food coloring) in different proportions for each of
three layers. You make each layer one at a time and press it into the pan in
The treats are so simple that kids need just a bit of
supervision in order to make them for their holiday parties. They’ll love the
sticky mess on their fingers when they’re done! (And you won't have to wash yours.)
Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Set time: 30 minutes
Makes 16 wedges
For the Outer Yellow Ring
4 ½ cups crispy rice cereal (like Rice Krispies®)
5 cups miniature marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
Yellow food coloring
For the Middle Orange Ring
2 ¾ cups crispy rice cereal (like Rice Krispies®)
3 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Orange food coloring
For the White Center
1 ½ cups crispy rice cereal (like Rice Krispies®)
1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Directions for Candy Corn Halloween Rice Krispie Treat recipe
- Use non-stick vegetable spray to coat the insides of two 8 x
8 cake pans and the surfaces of 3 spoons (or spatulas).
- Make the outer yellow ring: combine 5 cups mini marshmallows
and 3 tablespoons butter to a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the mixture
for about 3 minutes, stirring at 1 minute intervals. Meanwhile, measure 4 ½ cups
cereal into another large bowl.
- Remove marshmallow mixture from microwave. Stir in 2-4 drops
of yellow food coloring until the mixture is smooth and fully combined. Pour
the mixture over the cereal. Use one of the spray-coated spoons (or spatulas)
to stir the combination until all cereal grains are covered and the cereal is
uniformly yellow. You can even work the mixture with your hands, like pie
crust, to distribute color throughout. The mixture will be thick.
- Divide the mixture between the two cake pans. Moisten your
hands and use them to create a ring about 1 ½ inches wide around the outside
edges of the cake pans. Work quickly because the mixture is more difficult to
mold as it cools.
- Wash the bowls (or use different ones.)
- Make the inner orange ring: repeat the same process as for
the yellow ring, but shorten the microwave time for the marshmallow mixture to
2 minutes, stirring at 45 second intervals. Proceed as for the yellow layer,
creating an inner ring that leaves a 2-inch circle in the center.
- Make the white center: repeat the same process with the ingredients
for the orange ring but shorten the microwave time for the marshmallow mixture
to 1 ½ minutes, stirring at 30 second intervals. Use the heel of your hand to
press the white center in the pan. Then press down all the layers across the
surface of the pan so they stick well together.
- Allow the rounds to set for 30 minutes. Flip a pan onto a
cutting board and tap it to release the round onto the cutting board. Use a
long bread knife to cut the round first in half, then quarters, and each quarter
in half. Repeat for the second cake pan.
- Store the treats in an airtight container with waxed paper
in between layers.
Special Baking Tips for
Candy Corn Halloween Rice Krispie Treat Recipe
You can use liquid or gel food coloring. Don’t be afraid to
use a few extra drops of coloring. Bright, deep colors create a strong contrast
in the rings of the cookies.
Dry the bowls thoroughly before making the next ring.
You can insert a cookie stick or straw to rounded yellow edges
to convert treats into cookie pops.
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