Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

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Fun and simple holiday recipe for kids! How to make Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats with a cookie cutter, gooey marshmallow treats, and candy.

Rice Krispie squares are such a simple, classic dessert. They're the quintessential kid-friendly dessert.

They're also really easy to decorate and reinvent every time a holiday or special event rolls around. I mean, how cute are these snowman Rice Krispie treats, these festive Fruity Pebbles Christmas treats, and heart shaped Rice Krispie treats?

You only need 5 ingredients to make ordinary Rice Krispie treats. If you're decorating and making special rice crispy treat shapes, you may need a few more decorative ingredients like icing, marshmallow cream, and candy.

Rice Krispie Christmas trees decorated with marshmallow fluff and colorful candies

Christmas tree Rice Krispies treats are super easy to make, and they're a festive addition to the holiday dessert table.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE RECIPE FOR CHRISTMAS TREE RICE KRISPIE TREATS?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the Christmas Tree Rice Krispie treats recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

HOW DO I MAKE RICE KRISPIE TREATS?

You can follow this Rice Krispie Treats recipe to make a full pan of Rice Krispie treats.

I usually fill a 9″x13″ pan with this recipe. Sometimes I'll use a regular cake pan, but if I know I'm cutting out shapes, I'll use my more shallow brownie pan.

HOW TO MAKE RICE KRISPIE CHRISTMAS TREES

Once you've spread your Rice Krispies treats mixture in your pan, you can go ahead and start cutting out Christmas tree shapes with a Christmas tree cookie cutter.

cutting out Christmas tree rice crispy treats with a cookie cutter

Be careful because the treats will still be quite hot, so just take your time. Cutting out the Christmas trees will help them to cool more quickly, though.

WHAT SHOULD I USE TO DECORATE MY CHRISTMAS TREES?

First you'll want to gather a few ingredients together, different candies and decorating icing.

And here is where I improvised… I had no icing on hand, and I didn't really feel like making my usual favorite sugar cookie icing either. I looked around me, and happened to look over inside a cabinet, and what did I see?

A jar of Marshmallow Fluff… That's right… Instead of using icing, I used Marshmallow Fluff, and it worked like a charm. I highly recommend it.

Other ingredients you may want to gather are M&M's Minis, spice drops, sour straws, and Christmas sprinkles.

TIPS FOR HOW TO DECORATE CHRISTMAS TREE MARSHMALLOW TREATS

You can decorate these treats however you want. It's a really fun thing to do with your kids too. Give them a buffet to work from, and watch their creative forces at work.

You can pipe a bit of marshmallow fluff on as tinsel, then place M&M's Minis on the fluff as ornaments. The fluff will hold the candy in place.

M&M's Minis and Marshmallow Fluff decorating a Christmas tree Rice Krispie treat on white marble countertop

Cut spice drops in half, which will give you a super sticky end to work with. Press that sticky end onto the Christmas tree and form a sort of spice drop tinsel (and even a star).

spice drop tinsel on Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats

Sour straws are really sticky, so you can stick pieces of sour straws onto your trees as tinsel.

sour straws used as tinsel with spice drop ornaments on Rice Krispie Christmas trees

Then add sliced spice drops as ornaments.

spice drops and sour twist candy decorating Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats

Use Marshmallow Fluff to hold special sprinkles on the tree… I love these little snowflake sprinkles.

snowflake sprinkles on Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats

Marshmallow Fluff will pretty much hold anything on your tree that just won't stick. It's amazing stuff and works so much better than decorating icing, in my humble opinion.

holding decorated Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats

LOOKING FOR MORE NO BAKE CHRISTMAS TREATS?

We absolutely love making these Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls every Christmas. Another one of our absolute musts at Christmas time are these Ritz Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

Mommy Hates Cooking has a scrumptious looking recipe for Peppermint Mocha No Bake Cookies. Sprinkle Some Fun has a recipe for the cutest ever Grinch Rice Krispie Treats.

festive decorated Christmas trees made from Rice Krispies cereal

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU MAY NEED TO MAKE CHRISTMAS TREE RICE KRISPIE TREATS

Dutch Oven or Sauce Pot

Heat-Resistant Spatula – This one is my go to spatula.

9″x13″ Baking Dish or Brownie Pan

Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter

Decorating Bag and Small Round Tip

CHRISTMAS TREE RICE KRISPIE TREATS RECIPE

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decorated Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats on white marble background with candies and holiday kitchen towel

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

Fun and simple holiday recipe for kids! How to make Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats with a cookie cutter, gooey marshmallow treats, and candy.
4.60 from 5 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Grease a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large sauce pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over low to medium heat on the stove.
  • Stir the vanilla extract and salt into the butter.
  • Add the mini marshmallows to the melted butter mixture, stirring until the marshmallows have fully melted.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat, and quickly stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.
  • Spread the Rice Krispies mixture in the prepared baking pan.
  • Cut out Christmas tree shapes with a Christmas tree cookie cutter, and place the Rice Krispie trees on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For tinsel, pipe marshmallow cream back and forth on the trees, or pipe it onto the back of Sour Punch Twists (or Straws) to hold them on the trees.
  • Use M&M's Minis, spice drops, and sprinkles as ornaments for the trees. Cut spice drops in half, which will give you a sticky side you can stick onto the Christmas trees; or use a little marshmallow cream to hold the candies in place.
  • When you're all finished decorating, have fun serving and eating these festive treats!

Notes

*You can also use decorating icing, but Marshmallow Fluff works really well. You can use a regular cake pan, or to make cutting shapes easier, you can use a more shallow brownie pan. Be careful cutting out the trees because the treats will still be quite hot, so just take your time.

Nutrition

Serving: 16servings | Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 2g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 155mg | Sugar: 45g
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