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Rice Krispie Christmas Treats

With these easy Rice Krispie Christmas treats, you can prepare some adorable snacks without baking anything at all. And since they’re so simple to make, even the kids can get in on the holiday fun!

Making Christmas desserts together is a great way to spend time as a family. But if you’re trying to avoid turning on your oven during holiday baking season, you’re going to need some simple no bake desserts your kids can make to celebrate Christmas. With these easy Rice Krispie Christmas treats, you can prepare some adorable snacks without baking anything at all. And since they’re so simple to make, even the kids can get in on the holiday fun!

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What Do I Need to Make Rice Krispie Christmas Treats?

These Christmas tree treats are so easy to make because there’s no baking involved. And that means you can whip them up with just a handful of simple ingredients. To make your own decorated rice cereal treats, you’ll need supplies for preparing the bars and decorating them, including:

  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Butter
  • Green candy melts
  • Sprinkles

Rice Krispies Christmas Treats Ingredients

How Do I Make Rice Krispie Christmas Treats?

You’re going to love how easy it is to make and decorate these simple Christmas tree treats. And the best part about this kid-friendly recipe is that there’s no cookie cutters or special equipment required! All you have to do is follow these four quick steps to make and decorate your rice cereal bars:

Step One: Prepare the Rice Krispie Treat Mixture

To make these bars, start by placing a large stock pot on the stovetop. Add the butter to the pot and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted. After that, add the mini marshmallows and stir to mix the melted butter onto the marshmallows. Continue stirring the two ingredients together until the marshmallows are fully melted. Then remove the pot from the heat source and add the Rice Krispies to the pot. Stir to coat all the cereal in the marshmallow mixture.

Rice krispies and marshmallows in a bowl.

Step Two: Make the Rice Cereal Treats

Now that you have all your rice crispy treat ingredients combined, it’s time to press them into bars. Start by lining a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper, making sure that the edges of the paper are overhanging the pan slightly. Then transfer the cereal mixture to the pan and press it evenly until it’s one large bar. After that, all that’s left to do is allow the cereal bars to cool completely.

Step Three: Cut the Christmas Trees

Once the Rice Krispie treats have had time to cool and harden, pull up on the edges of the parchment paper to remove the bars from the pan. Transfer the large bar to a cutting board and cut it into three long, even strips. Then, cut each strip into triangles, alternating the diagonal cuts along the strip until all the treats have been cut.

Rice Krispies treats cut into strips, then into triangles.

Step Four: Decorate the Christmas Tree Treats

To turn your rice cereal treats into holiday trees, start by melting green decorating chocolate according to the package instructions. Then, pipe or spread the green chocolate over the top of each treat. After spreading the melted chocolate on top, immediately decorate the tree with sprinkles and place a star sprinkle on top. Once all your trees are decorated, allow the chocolate to cool and harden before serving.

Christmas tree treats on a cutting board.

Can I Make Rice Krispie Treats the Night Before?

Preparing your Christmas treats ahead of time is a great way to help reduce your holiday stress. So, if you’re wondering whether you can make these rice crispy treats a day ahead of time, you’re in luck! You can prepare the treats up to one day in advance to help you speed up your holiday prep work.

There are a few ways you can prepare your treats ahead of time, depending on how much time you want to spend on your Christmas snacks the day you plan to serve them. The best way to prepare your cereal treats ahead is to mix the treat ingredients and press everything into the pan. After that, cover the entire pan with plastic wrap and allow it to sit at room temperature until you’re ready to cut and decorate your treats.

Christmas treats on a white plate.

If you want to take your prep work a step further, you can also cut your bars and store them in an airtight container. To keep your cut bars from sticking to each other while they’re being stored, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between the layers inside the container.

While you can prep and cut your bars ahead of time, I wouldn’t recommend decorate your Christmas tree treats the day before. Colored chocolate can begin to discolor over time, which means your treats may not look as nice after sitting overnight.

How Do You Store Rice Krispie Christmas Treats?

These no bake treats look best right after they’re made. But if you have leftover snacks after your family has enjoyed them, you can store your Christmas tree treats in an airtight container at room temperature. If you will be stacking the treats inside the container, make sure to place a piece of parchment paper between each layer to keep the chocolate and sprinkles from getting displaced. 

Close-up of Christmas snack.

Rice Krispies Christmas Treats

With these easy Rice Krispie Christmas treats, you can prepare some adorable snacks without baking anything at all. And since they’re so simple to make, even the kids can get in on the holiday fun!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 27 treats
Calories: 144kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large stock pot over medium low heat.
  • When the butter is melted, add the marshmallows. Stir continuously until the marshmallows are melted.
  • Remove the pot from heat and add the cereal. Stir until all the cereal is coated in marshmallow.
  • Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper, making sure the paper is hanging over the edges of the pan.
  • Press the cereal mixture into the pan until it’s firm and solid. Allow the bars to cool completely.
  • Remove the treats from the pan by pulling up on the edges of the parchment paper. Transfer the treats to a flat surface.
  • Use a large, sharp knife to cut the rectangle into three equal strips. Then, cut each strip into triangles.
  • Melt the green wafers according to the package instructions. Pipe or spread the melted chocolate over the top of each triangle.
  • Immediately decorate the top of each tree with sprinkles and a star on top before the chocolate hardens.

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 961IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 4mg
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