These Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect holiday treat for little helpers to make and the whole family to enjoy.
A note from Aimee: This blog post first appeared on The Crazy Craft Lady in December 2016. It has since been updated to bring you the best, most current creative content.
We recently had a snow weekend. That’s right. It wasn’t just a snow day. It was a snow weekend. That’s how we do things up here in Minnesota. Go big or go home.
If you live up in the tundra like we do, you eventually come to realize that it can actually be too cold to snow. Yep. If the sun is shining and it looks like a beautiful winter day, it’s probably frigging cold outside. This leads me to our recent snow weekend. Our near-zero temps increased just long enough for Mother Nature to dump 10 inches of snow on us. Then the thermometer plummeted to -20 and hung out there for the weekend. Like I said, we had a snow weekend.
Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats
In an effort to keep the munchkins entertained and away from the TV for at least part of our indoor time, I decided we could make Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats.
How cute are my little helpers?
We just made the Rice Krispie treats according to the package directions. Before we stirred in the cereal, I added some green food coloring to the marshmallow mixture. Then I let my two favorite kitchen helpers decorate with sprinkles.
After the rice krispie treats have cooled, you can cut them into triangles with a sharp knife (grown ups only on this one, please!)
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15 Creative Christmas Rice Krispie Treats – Decorating and Recipe Ideas
I love the holidays, because they’re a great excuse to get creative! Why stick with making regular food, when you can make extra-special-fun-and-festive Christmas food?! Like these creative Christmas Rice Krispie treats – they’re just like the sticky, ooey gooey treats that we all know and love, but with an extra bit of festive flair to put extra big smiles on your family’s faces.
Rice Krispie treats are the perfect thing to add a seasonal touch to, because they can easily be molded or cut into pretty much any shape you like, and you can add all sorts of colors and sprinkles. From subtle decoration to 3-dimensional masterpieces, you can do all sorts of things with a simple Rice Krispie treat. It’s like a tastier version of Play-Doh!
Let’s get stuck in!
Let’s start simple, with these rectangular Rice Krispie treats, dipped in white chocolate and topped with plenty of green and red sprinkles. These festive treats are a lot more subtly Christmassy than some of the other ideas in this list, which makes them super easy for beginners. You could even use shop-bought Rice Krispie treats for these, if you want to be able to concentrate on the decorating. They would be so much fun to make with small kids – as long as you don’t mind excessive amounts of sprinkles!
These Santa hat treats are made with a gooey marshmallow mixture that’s dyed red with food coloring, and decorated with vanilla frosting. If you prefer, you could use regular Rice Krispie treats, and dip them in red chocolate melts instead. Either way, these Santa hat treats are simple to make, but really effective, and instantly recognisable as Father Christmas’ iconic red hat.
These adorable little Rice Krispie treats are inspired by a classic Christmas pudding, complete with edible holly leaves and berries on top! They’re made extra tasty with milk chocolate, and since they’re bitesized, they’re the perfect thing to set out at your Christmas party (or just to nibble at every time you walk past the kitchen!).
What’s the most iconic symbol of Christmas? A Christmas tree, of course! These Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats are such fun, dyed green and decorated with mini M&M baubles, with a tree trunk made from a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Don’t forget the candy star at the top of the tree! These are so creative, and will be a real showstopper in the center of your Christmas buffet.
These lumps of coal might not be as obviously festive as some of the other recipes in this collection, but if your family has a dry sense of humor, they will find these little nuggets hilarious! Far from being a gift for only the ‘bad’ people in the family, these lumps of coal will be a real treat. And despite their appearance, they actually taste amazing, made with Oreo cookies!
How cute are these reindeer Rice Krispie treats! Add some pretzels to make antlers, and a big red nose, and you’ve immediately got Rudolph! They’re also dipped in chocolate, to make them even more delicious. These ones are served on lollypop sticks, but they’d be great without the sticks too – perhaps arranged in formation, in front of Santa’s sleigh?!
At first, these cubic Rice Krispie treats might look simple – just straightforward squares of marshmallowy Rice Krispies, decorated with icing. But when you lift off the lid, they’re filled with M&Ms – or whatever other candy you like! These Rice Krispie presents are such a fun surprise, and really take Christmas creativity to the next level.
Continuing with the 3-dimensional theme, why not make a huge holiday house from your Rice Krispie treats?! It’s a similar idea to a gingerbread house, but the thick, slightly sticky pieces of Rice Krispie treat mean it’s even easier to make, so perfect for making with kids. Plus, you can decorate it however you like, with plenty of extra candy, to make a colorful festive treat.
If a 3D Rice Krispie treat house sounds a bit overwhelming, perhaps you’ll prefer these more subtle Christmas treats. They’re flavored with peppermint extract and white chocolate, so they taste festive, but they don’t require any intricate decorating. Just pile them up on a plate, add a few extra crushed peppermint candies or candy canes, and you’ve got a simple, Christmassy treat.
This stacked Christmas tree is very straightforward to put together, but is a really eye-catching showstopper to present to your guests as they sit around your Christmas table! Just cut stars of Rice Krispie treat in various sizes, and stack them up to create a huge tree. You can keep it simple, or decorate it with extra candy and frosting, if you want something a bit more colorful.
These red and green pinwheels look seriously impressive, but they’re actually a lot more simple to make than you might expect! Just stack up two thin layers of the different colored Rice Krispie treat mixture, roll it up, and slice. Simple but effective! And, just like with the other recipes in this collection, you could always add additional decorations if you like – extra sprinkles are always welcome at Christmas time!
Gingerbread men are a Christmas staple, but if you’re not a fan of gingerbread, you don’t need to miss out – just make them out of Rice Krispie treats instead! This version is made with chocolate Rice Krispies and cocoa powder, so they’re extra chocolatey! Decorate them with candy buttons, and draw on their big smiles with icing.
If there’s a Frozen fan in your house (so, pretty much any child under the age of 10, right?), they will love these Frozen-inspired snowflakes! They’re dipped in blue chocolate (which is pretty wow-worthy in itself), and decorated with a white snowflake. I think some edible glitter would look great on these too! Serve them on lollypop sticks for the perfect kid-friendly treat.
These adorable snowmen are like three treats in one! Not only do you get the Rice Krispie treat itself, but the hats are also made from a cookie and a marshmallow, coated in chocolate! And if that’s not a reason to make these, I don’t know what is. You could even make snowman bodies to sit underneath the heads if you want extra big treats.
And, finally – where would a Christmas recipe collection be without Father Christmas himself? These Rice Krispie treats are decorated with Santa’s iconic red jacket and belt, complete with a big golden buckle.
Which of these incredible Christmas Rice Krispie treats will you be making this year?