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Monday, November 10, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Spice Caramel Rice Crispy Treats

Hi everyone!

This is a tasty fall recipe that's going to be a two-for-one. First, I'll clue you in on how to (super-easily) make your own pumpkin pie spice so you don't have to buy anything special or pay extra. Then we'll move on to our application in Pumpkin Pie Spice Caramel Rice Crispy Treats- just as easy as regular rice crispy treats, but with a nice fall twist. Let's go!

Pumpkin Pie Spice
-4 tablespoons cinnamon
-4 teaspoons ground nutmeg (fresh grated is best!)
-4 teaspoons ground ginger
-3 teaspoons ground allspice
Mix all spices together. Store airtight. Use in a myriad of fall and holiday recipes, and enjoy!

Just mix your spices together in whatever jar/container/bag you have, and use!

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Rice Crispy Treats
-3 tablespoons butter
-10 oz. (40 large or 4c mini) marshmallows
-2-3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (recipe above)
-1/3 cup caramel syrup/sauce (like for ice cream topping)
-6+ cups crispy rice cereal
Grease a 9x13’’ pan, set aside.
Melt butter in a large microwaveable bowl.
Add marshmallows to butter and microwave until melted when stirred (1:15-1:30 most likely, but adjust for your individual microwave power). Stir well.
Add pumpkin pie spice and caramel sauce, stir well.
Pour in your cereal, mix well but gently, then pour out into your greased pan.
Pat down uniform with greased or wetted hands/spatula, refrigerate.
[This can also be done on the stovetop, I would just be very careful about how high your heat is so that nothing burns. I haven’t done it on the stovetop so I can’t tell you particulars, sorry!]

Here's your arsenal- I betcha have at least half of these ingredients already!
Here's what your marshmallows/butter should look like right out of the microwave-
all have gotten big and puffy so that you can stir it down really nice...
Then add the pumpkin pie spice and caramel! I think I might try the addition of a teensy bit
of vanilla next time too- feel free to experiment!!
And here's what your marshmallow mixture looks like --> add the cereal and mix it all well, then...
Dump into your already greased pan
(this is an 8x8'', I made a 1/2 batch- for a whole batch you would use a 9x13'')...
Then pat flat and uniform with greased or wetted spatula or hands.
Refrigerate for as long as you can resist, then dig in!

Savor it!
love, rue

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