Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + cooling

Makes

2 dozen

Updated: Aug. 01, 2023
These Halloween Rice Krispie treats from Nancy Foust of Stoneboro, Pennsylvania are perfect for a themed get-together come October. "This clever twist on ordinary marshmallow cereal treats adds to the festive feeling," says Nancy.
Halloween Rice Krispie Treats Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 ounces) large marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • Orange frosting
  • Chocolate jimmies
  • Rope black licorice

Directions

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter on high for about 30 seconds. Add marshmallows; stir to coat. Microwave on high 30-40 seconds longer or until smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Immediately add cereal; stir gently until coated. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and shortening on 70% power for 45 seconds. Heat in 10 to 20 second intervals until melted; stir until smooth. Spread over cereal mixture. Cool completely.
  3. Cut into 2-1/2-in. x 2-in. triangles, with a thin base on bottom of triangle for hat brim. Decorate with frosting, jimmies for the buckle and licorice for the brim.
Halloween Rice Krispies Treats Tips

How can you make witch hat Rice Krispies treats your own?

One of the easiest ways to customize this Rice Krispies recipe is to change the color of the frosting and the sprinkles. Try black frosting with purple or orange jimmies, orange frosting with purple jimmies, or purple frosting with orange or black jimmies. If you'd like to skip the black licorice, choose between piping thick buttercream or using M&M's or other candies to create the rim of the witch hat instead. If you want to reinvent the wheel, you can create three-dimensional witch hats from Rice Krispies treats. Simply mold the cereal mixture into a hat shape while it's still warm.

What other kinds of Halloween Rice Krispies treats can you make?

Witch hats are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creating Halloween Rice Krispies treats. Incorporate festive colors and candies into the mixture, simply by adding a bit of food color to the melting marshmallows, and mixing in candy corn and orange M&Ms. Take it up a notch by creating different shapes from the treats, such as jack-o'-lanterns, Frankensteins, little monsters or ghosts. After that, you can frost or use melted chocolate to decorate them further. Pull inspiration from other Halloween foods and Halloween desserts.

How should you store Halloween Rice Krispies treats?

Store these witch hat-shaped Halloween Rice Krispies treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. They don't need to be refrigerated.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Editor