If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the kids this Christmas. Make these Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats. Easy and delicious recipe.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats decorated
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Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats:

These Christmas Rice Krispies treats are fun and easy to make. Rice Krispies cereal treats are a classic recipe but they can easily make into fun and festive shape. They make the perfect holiday treat.

We love making holiday candies, cookies, and cakes for family and friends as homemade gifts. This fun and festive treat are made with simple ingredients and be decorated with fun sprinkles.

Make this fun Christmas Tree easily without a Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter. Grab the kids and make these treats this holiday for a fun family activity. You may even like this Grinch Rice Krispie Treats.

Rice krispie cereal, butter, marshmallows, green food coloring, reese's peanut butter cups, decorating gel, m&ms, star sprinkles

Ingredients: 

Serves: 32 

  • Rice Krispie Cereal
  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (unwrapped) 
  • White Decorating Gel 
  • Mini M&Ms 
  • Large Gold Star Sprinkles.  

How to Make Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats: 

  • Step 1 – Melt Marshmallows and Stir – Add the butter and marshmallows to a microwave safe bowl.  Melt butter and mini marshmallows by microwaving in 30 second intervals. Then stir between each interval until fully melted.
  • Step 2 – Add Green Food Coloring – Add the green gel food coloring to this mixture. Then stir until it’s a vibrant green color.
  • Step 3 – Stir in Cereal – Gradually add in the rice Krispies cereal. Mix until completely coated.
Melting the marshmallow and adding green food coloring
  • Step 4 – Cool Rice Krispie Mixture – Let the mixture cool slightly so you can handle the mixture with your hands. 
  • Step 5 – Shape into a Cone – Spray your hands with a non-stick cooking spray.  Then shape approximately ⅓ cup of the mixture into a cone (Christmas tree shape) and press the mixture firmly together.  
  • Step 6 – Decorate Cones – Decorate with the decorating gel and mini M&Ms.  
  • Step 7 – Top with Gold Sprinkles – Top each one with a gold sprinkle. Then use the decorating gel to place a Reese’s peanut butter cup on the bottom of each tree for the stems.  
Shaping the rice krispie cereal mixture into cones, decorating them and serving
  • Step 8 – All Gel to Set – Let the trees sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours. Rest until the mixture and decorating gel is set. 
  • Step 9 – Serve and enjoy – Then they are ready to serve and enjoy.
Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats decorated

Rice Krispies Treats Christmas Trees Recipe Tips:

  • Melting Marshmallows – Melt marshmallows with butter in the microwave. We recommend melting in 30 second intervals. This is to ensure that it does not burn. You can also melt in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Green Food Coloring – We recommend using gel food coloring for the best color. Continue adding the food color to get the desired color you prefer.
  • Coat Cereal – Coat the cereal with the marshmallow mixture until it is completely covered. Combine the ingredients until just combined. Overmixing will result in the texture being hard.
  • Shaping Cones – To make the Christmas Tree, shape the cereal mixture by hand. We recommend spraying hands with cooking spray to prevent mixture from sticking and easy to clean off.
  • Decorating – You want to decorate the Christmas Tree with the decorating right after forming the mixture. This allows for the decorations to stick easily.
  • Rest Christmas Tree – Place the decorated Christmas tree on a baking sheet pan line with parchment paper. Allow to rest for at least an hour. This is the perfect treat to make ahead of time.
  • Fresh Ingredients – When preparing these treats, make sure you are using fresh ingredients.

How Far in Advance Can I Make Rice Krispy Treats:

These Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats are best to prepare ahead of time. This allows for the treats and decorations to set before serving. We recommend making them no more than 2 days in advance.

This gives time for the mixture to set and to keep the cereal fresh.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats decorated

Variation Ideas:

  • Decorating the Trees – You can decorate the trees with many different candies. We like using M&M but any hard candy will work.
  • Tree Trunk – We used Reese’s peanut butter cups, but you can also use pretzel sticks.
  • Melted White Chocolate – You can even melt white chocolate and drizzle over the Christmas Trees. This creates a fun and festive affect on the tree.
  • Powdered Sugar – Dust the trees with powdered sugar to make it look like snow.
Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats decorated

How to Store Leftovers:

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.   

Do not store these treats in the refrigerator. They are best left to cool at room temperature so that they remain gooey and delicious.

We do not recommend freezing these crispy treats. Freezing them will change the texture of the treat.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats decorated

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If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the kids this Christmas, make these Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats. Easy and delicious recipe.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Let Sit at Room Temperature 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 32
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 167

Ingredients

  • 12 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 20 oz. Marshmallows
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • 32 Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups unwrapped
  • White Decorating Gel
  • Mini M&Ms
  • 32 Large Gold Star Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Add the butter and marshmallows to a microwave safe bowl.  Melt by microwaving in 30 second intervals and stir between each interval until fully melted.
  • Add the green gel food coloring to this mixture and stir until it’s a vibrant green color.
  • Gradually add in the rice Krispies cereal. Mix until completely coated.
  • Let the mixture cool slightly so you can handle the mixture with your hands.
  • Spray your hands with a non-stick cooking spray.  Then shape approximately ⅓ cup of the mixture into a cone (Christmas tree shape) and press the mixture firmly together.
  • Decorate with the decorating gel and mini M&Ms.
  • Top each one with a gold sprinkle and use the decorating gel to place a Reeses peanut butter cup on the bottom of each tree for the stems.
  • Let the trees sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours until the mixture and decorating gel is set.
  • Then they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.  Do not refrigerate as it will make the Rice Krispies treats tough.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 167kcal, Carbohydrates 27g, Protein 2g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 6mg, Sodium 111mg, Potassium 39mg, Fiber 0.3g, Sugar 15g, Vitamin A 768IU, Vitamin C 7mg, Calcium 7mg, Iron 3mg

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