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I have a confession to make: I’m not a big pumpkin fan. I know! It’s Fall, pumpkins are everywhere, but I just haven’t gotten into the craze. I do love a delicious pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks though. I’m no fool. But when it comes to pie, cookies and other confectionaries, I haven’t been the biggest fan. That is, until I created this recipe. A lofty goal I have for October is to make up as many new bar recipes as I can, and these pumpkin spice ritz bars are the start of this mini-series. Oh, I didn’t share the best part yet: these are no-bake! The secret ingredient is a sleeve or two(actually 3) of ritz crackers. These are made very similarly to rice krispy treats, so the kids can help. I actually got the Aldi brand of crackers to save some money, and even the canned pumpkin and marshmallows are from there as well. Ready to “bake”? Let’s go.
Pumpkin Spice Ritz Bars
1 bag marshmallows
3 sleeves of ritz crackers
3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Lightly spray an 8×8 baking dish with oil spray. Place a piece of wax paper inside of the pan. Lightly spray the wax paper with oil. Make it long enough that it goes over the sides of the pan, to create “handles” to lift out the dessert once it’s time to cut it.
Place the ritz crackers in a food processor and pulse until they turn into cracker crumbs. It may take a few processing sessions to do all of the crackers. Once they are done, place in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
Place the butter in a large microwaveable bowl, and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, until the butter is melted but not bubbling.
Place the bag of marshmallows in the microwaveable bowl, and coat with the melted butter. Place in the microwave for 90 seconds, or until marshmallows are melted together and “puffy.”
Stir the butter/marshmallow mixture until the butter is fully incorporated. Once blended, add in the pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. Stir until blended, about 15 to 20 rotations.
Pour in the cracker crumbs and toss until the mixture comes together. The consistency will be similar to playdoh. Once the mixture holds together, place it in the 8×8 pan.
Let cool for at least 2 to 4 hours, or overnight. Pull out the bar with the wax paper handles and cut to desired sizes.
Looking for another great no-bake recipe featuring Ritz crackers? Try these Ritz cookies!