Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

11.30.2017

Bring on the holiday cheer with these cute Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats! They’re just as fun to make as they are delicious to eat!

Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats in Festive Tree Shapes

I don’t know who liked these more, my kids or me. Probably me because they totally took me back to being a kid.

I mean how could they not?

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They are made using the classic Rice Krispies treat recipe that we all love, but instead of the classic squares they are tinted green and shaped into cones, then covered in sprinkles.

So basically a total upgrade :).

Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

  • Salted butter
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Green gel food coloring (such as Wilton brand)
  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • White decorating icing (I just used store-bought)
  • Reeses peanut butter cups
  • Round red sprinkles
  • 16 star sprinkles or yellow mini M&Ms

Scroll below for full printable recipe.

How to Make These Rice Krispies Treats

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Add in marshmallows and stir until melted, while tinting with green food coloring to reach desired shade.
  • Remove from heat add in Rice Krispies cereal and fold mixture until evenly coated. Let cool about 5 minutes.
  • Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray and shape about 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of the mixture into into cones, while pressing firmly so they’ll hold together.
  • Decorate with sprinkles, using the icing to get them to stick. Then put icing on the Reeses and place one under each tree.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

Add Detail or Keep it Basic

With these you can decide how much work you want to put into them.

For the easiest method you can nix the icing and sprinkles then just dust them with powered sugar instead for a a snow laced tree.

I saw the idea for these on Family Circle but their recipe didn’t call for icing and luckily I’d bought some because I couldn’t get anything to stick without it.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

Use a Piping Bag and Tip for More Detail

The kids added a lot more icing to theirs than I did – because it can be tedious adding a teeny tiny dot but theirs had a cute snowy look with the extra icing.

With these you can also use piping bags and tips even if using store-bought icing if you want more detail.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

How to Add Sprinkles

Then if you want the sprinkles over the icing – I just poured some sprinkles into a container lid and rolled the trees over the sprinkles so they’d stick to the icing.

I’ve also seen others make these using colorful mini M&Ms for ornaments which the kids would definitely love (the more color the better, right?).

Plus I love those little bites of chocolate flavor in Rice Krispies Treats so I think I’ll go that route next year when we make them.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

Use Tootsie Rolls for Mini Trees

Oh and if you want to do a few tiny trees like I did I used mini tootsie rolls (with the ends trimmed so they’d stand) for the stump instead of Reeses. Those itty bitty mini trees are my favorite.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

And then pour piles and piles of powdered sugar to mimic a snowy wonderland. But really don’t, it’s a big mess to clean :).

I hope you have as much fun decorating these as I did!

Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

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Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

4.84 from 6 votes

Bring on the holiday cheer with these cute Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats! They're just as fun to make as they are delicious to eat! For a shortcut version skip the icing and sprinkles and just dust the trees with powdered sugar.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rice Krispies Treats
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 159 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp (42g) salted butter, diced into 1-Tbsp pieces
  • 1 (10 oz) bag mini marshmallows
  • Green gel food coloring (such as Wilton brand)
  • 6 cups (170g) Rice Krispies cereal
  • White decorating icing (I just used store-bought)
  • 16 miniature Reeses peanut butter cups, unwrapped*
  • Round red sprinkles
  • 16 star sprinkles or yellow mini M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. 

  2. Add in marshmallows and stir until melted, while tinting with green food coloring to reach desired shade.

  3. Remove from heat add in Rice Krispies cereal and fold mixture until evenly coated. Let cool about 5 minutes.

  4. Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray and shape about 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of the mixture into into cones, while pressing firmly so they'll hold together.

  5. Decorate with sprinkles, using the icing to get them to stick. Then put icing on the Reeses and place one under each tree. 

  6. Note if you want the icing to harden let them rest overnight, or you can just eat them right away.

  7. Recipe source: adapted from Family Circle

Nutrition Facts
Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Sugars 15g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 15.5%
Vitamin C 8.2%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 18.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

26 comments

  • nancy caruso: I am making these but I am going to use Waffle Ice Cream cones and then ice the cones . @ treats in one December 12, 2018 at 6:52am Reply

  • Janet Taylor: These are GREAT!! I didn’t do so great at hand-shaping them. BUT I got a couple of different sized plastic funnels, buttered them, then filled those with the mixture. They turned out great!! And SOO much easier! December 24, 2017 at 5:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the tip! So glad they turned out well for you Janet! December 30, 2017 at 12:26pm Reply

  • Jessica: Can’t wait to do these tonight with my daughter thanks for sharing December 23, 2017 at 6:00pm Reply

  • Kathy: If you have a small funnel that will work fine December 22, 2017 at 10:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the tip, I wondered but I didn’t have a rectangular one mine is domed so that’s good to know! December 30, 2017 at 12:27pm Reply

  • Deborah: Is it into and onto the cones? I’m not sure exactly how to use the cones. Do you keep the mixture in the cone? December 21, 2017 at 2:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You just shape them into a cone shape using your hands. But if you had a cone shape of some sort to form them with that would probably work as well if you greased it well. December 21, 2017 at 10:18pm Reply

  • Megan Delacruz: Looks really cute but I’m hesitant on how to get the tree shape.. Any tips? December 9, 2017 at 9:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s actually easier than you’d think it would be, I just kind of rolled between my palms and pressed until I got the shape I wanted. December 10, 2017 at 10:28pm Reply

  • Marissa: This is the best rice crispy snack I’ve ever had thx December 6, 2017 at 2:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Marissa! December 7, 2017 at 5:12pm Reply

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