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Fruity Pebble Christmas Trees Crispy Treats

How to make festive and easy Fruity Pebble Christmas trees, a colorful holiday Krispie treat recipe for kids. Make it in 10 minutes in the microwave!
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Course: Sweet Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Equipment

  • Ceramic Mixing Bowls for Kitchen, 3-Piece Set, Blue
  • Ann Clark Cookie Cutters Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter, 4"
  • Anolon Bronze Nonstick Baking Pan With Lid - 9 Inch x 13 Inch, Brown

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the mini marshmallows, salted butter, and vanilla extract to a large microwave-safe bowl, and heat on high for 2 minutes, mostly melting everything.
  • Remove the bowl from the microwave, and stir the mixture 'til smooth; the mixture will finish melting with stirring.
  • Quickly stir in the cereal.
  • Gently spread and pat the mixture into a greased 9×13 baking dish, and allow it to cool. (Tip: To prevent your hands from sticking to the cereal mixture, dip your hands in water beforehand, and rub them together; or you can spray them with a light coating of cooking spray.)
  • To cut into Christmas tree shapes, use a Christmas tree cookie cutter, and cut shapes right out of the pan.
  • Top each Christmas tree with a mini marshmallow star. It'll stick to the treat with no help needed besides a gentle press of your finger.
  • Then place on a platter and serve!

Notes

WHAT KIND OF MARSHMALLOWS SHOULD I USE FOR FRUITY PEBBLE CRISPY TREATS?
While you can use big marshmallows, jumbo marshmallows, or mini marshmallows, it really is best to use mini marshmallows. These melt far more efficiently and quicker than larger marshmallows.
You can also use marshmallow fluff. Use 1 jar of marshmallow cream for every 4 cups of mini marshmallows.
CAN I USE MARGARINE INSTEAD OF BUTTER?
I highly recommend that you use a good salted butter over margarine. Salted butter will give these treats a much richer flavor and texture.
WHY ARE MY TREATS HARD?
Sometimes it can be hard to tell what causes fruity pebble treats to be hard, but here are a few pointers to avoid that scenario.
  • It's best to use fresh marshmallows. Often a pack of marshmallows will have an expiration date 4 or 5 months out from the time that it is purchased, and the closer you get to this date, the harder your marshmallows will become; once this date has passed, you might as well buy new marshmallows.
  • It's easy to get impatient and melt the marshmallows at too high of a temperature, and if they cook too quickly, the resulting mixture will harden. Remember, be patient; slow and steady wins the race!
  • Don't use too much cereal. You don't want too dry of a mixture, as this will certainly become tough and chewy!
HOW TO STORE FRUITY PEBBLES TREATS
Fruity pebble treats are best freshly made, but they will store in an airtight container for a few days. Alternatively, you can store them in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Servings | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 139mg | Sugar: 17g
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