Cereal Jack-o'-Lanterns

Add a pumpkin grin and more to simple marshmallow treats made from crunchy Cheerios®.

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  • prep time 40 min
  • total time
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 16
 

Ingredients

1/4
cup margarine or butter
1
(10-oz.) pkg. regular marshmallows
Orange paste or gel food color
6
cups Cheerios® Cereal
Chocolate decorating icing
Black string licorice
Candy corn
Gumdrops

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  • 1 Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. In large saucepan, melt margarine and marshmallows over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in food color until well blended. Add cereal; stir until well coated.
  • 2 Spray 1/3 cup measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray. Place rounded 1/3 cupfuls of mixture onto waxed paper-lined cookie sheets. Shape into 3-inch rounds, about 1/2 inch thick.
  • 3 Decorate rounds with icing, licorice and candy corn to make jack-o'-lantern faces. Flatten gumdrops; shape into leaves and eyes. Attach to top of jack-o'-lanterns with icing. Place on waxed paper; let stand about 10 minutes or until firm.
  • 1 Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. In large saucepan, melt margarine and marshmallows over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in food color until well blended. Add cereal; stir until well coated.
  • 2 Spray 1/3 cup measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray. Place rounded 1/3 cupfuls of mixture onto waxed paper-lined cookie sheets. Shape into 3-inch rounds, about 1/2 inch thick.
  • 3 Decorate rounds with icing, licorice and candy corn to make jack-o'-lantern faces. Flatten gumdrops; shape into leaves and eyes. Attach to top of jack-o'-lanterns with icing. Place on waxed paper; let stand about 10 minutes or until firm.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Just a small amount of paste food color produces an intense, deep color. Look for paste food color at baking supply stores or near the cake decorating supplies at craft stores.

To make Jack-o'-Lantern Pops for a party, form cereal mixture disks around flat wood sticks with round ends, shaping flattening and decorating them as directed in the recipe. To give pops as favors, seal each in plastic wrap tied around the stick with an orange and black ribbon.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie (without decorations)
Calories
135
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
150mg
150%;
Total Carbohydrate
23g
23%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
10g
10%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
16%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.