Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats with Brown Butter

4.80 from 30 votes

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Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats are a delicious seasonal variation on a classic treat that almost everyone in the United States grew up loving. We are excited to show you this fall version of delicious Americana and what’s more, even a kid can make it. In this case, a couple of The Platter Talk Kids!

Rice krispie treats on a plate with a cup of milk
Browned butter gives these rice Krispie treats an even deeper autumn taste.

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We put these wonderful dessert bars together as part of an activity with some of our favorite food bloggers. Once every season, we do a “Freaky Friday” post where names among participating food bloggers are secretly exchanged and we are all charged with making a recipe from the site of whoever we are assigned.

Our match was Candi from The Devilish Dish and we made her Browned Butter Pumpkin Pie Spiced Rice Krispie Treats with Sea Salt.  Aside from omitting the sea salt in an attempt to make these just a bit healthier, we followed her recipe to the letter and had delicious results. When I say we, I mean myself and Nate and Asher, two of our six boys who are sometimes known as The Platter Talk Kids.

Two boys making a dessert
The Platter Talk Kids have done a number of recipes in the past.  Check out this easy brownie recipe for kids that they put together!

What makes these Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats taste so unique? For one thing, there is browned butter in them which imparts a mellow and slightly nutty flavor. What’s more, the pumpkin pie spice immediately sends these to the fall food category and in a most delicious sense.

Pan of dessert bars
Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats Recipe from Platter Talk

What’s in these?

  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Rice Krispies (or similar type cereal)
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Sea Salt (Optional to us)

How to make them

  • Brown the butter
  • Add the marshmallows
  • Stir in the pumpkin pie spice
  • Add the rice Krispies and stir, stir stir!
Boy making dessert bars
Finally, transfer the mixture into a buttered 9×9 inch or similar size pan.

Nate and Asher had a great time putting these Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats together and what’s more, we all had a great time munching on them. I have to confess, I was particularly taken with the pumpkin spin on these treats.

These Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats will make the perfect treat for this fall season. Be sure and give them a try and if I may be so bold as to suggest, get your kids in the kitchen!  Happy fall to you and thank you for reading Platter Talk.  -Dan

A rice Krispie treat
Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats make for the perfect Trick-or-Treat!

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Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats with Brown Butter

4.80 from 30 votes
Recipe from The Devilish Dish
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 16 servings


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 10.5 ounce bag marshmallows
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • Maldon sea salt, or any flaky “finishing” sea saltn (Optional)


  • Grease a 9×9-inch pan with butter or cooking spray and then set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, continue to cook until butter starts to brown. The butter will turn a golden brown color and develop a nutty aroma. Watch carefully so it does not burn.
  • Stir up any browned bits and add the marshmallows, stirring until melted.
  • Stir in the pumpkin pie spice. Remove from heat.
  • Once the mixture is well-combined, stir in cereal.
  • When mixed, spread into prepared pan and press down evenly. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with optional Maldon sea salt and cut into squares before serving.


Calories: 125kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 71mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 787IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. Yummmmm….you put browned butter in anything and I’m on board! It makes everything taste better! I love how this is an updated classic…perfect for school Halloween parties if homemade treats are still allowed!

  2. 5 stars
    Great idea to involve children in the cooking process. Nothing like starting them off young to appreciate food and cooking. Such a classic recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Love the idea of Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats – so perfect for this time of year! The Platter Talk Kids did a great job – what a fun and delicious recipe for kids to make!

  4. 5 stars
    Love the idea of this, and love seeing the photos of your kids cooking with you! I already have my 13 month old sitting on the counter “helping” me- or throwing random things in my mixing bowl at least. I would have left the sea salt in there 🙂

    1. Our kids would be in the kitchen every night with us, if they had a choice. That said, it’s one of our favorite activities to do with them. Thanks for stopping by for some Platter talk!

  5. 5 stars
    I love this time of year when all things pumpkin are begging to be made. Nate and Asher did a great job mixing these fall rice krispie treats up! These will be great to bring to fall gatherings!

  6. 5 stars
    What a classic treat for after school. Love the looks on the kids faces making this treat. Pumpkin changes them into something special for fall. Yum! Perfect for Halloween!