These cute and festive Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats are chewy and delicious, and topped with melted white chocolate and sprinkles for the tree’s decorations! It’s a perfect treat for the holidays!
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Why This Recipe Works
These Christmas Tree Rice Krispies are such a cute Christmas time snack – and they are really fun to make and decorate!
Add these to your holiday must-make list to share with friends and family. Kids and adults both adore them!
- These rice krispy treats are dyed green and cut into triangle shapes for a fun “tree” look.
- Melted white chocolate is drizzled over top of the cooled treats and sprinkles are added for some pretty decorations.
- A pretzel stick in the bottom makes the tree stump to complete the look.
- Marshmallows – You’ll need a large 16-ounce bag of marshmallows for this recipe. Fresh marshmallows are best.
- Rice Krispies Cereal- Any brand of crispy rice cereal will work, just make sure it’s FRESH. Stale cereal equals stale treats.
- Vanilla Extract – I love using homemade vanilla extract for all my recipes, but store-bought is fine, too. Just be sure to use PURE vanilla, not imitation.
- Green Coloring – Gel food coloring provides a more vibrant color. Add more or less to achieve desired shade of green for your trees.
- Sprinkles – Have fun with these! Use a mix of colors or different colors and types of sprinkles on different trees for variety.
- STEP 1. Make the Rice Krispies. Melt marshmallows and butter, then stir in vanilla extract, green food coloring and then the cereal.
- STEP 2. Allow to set. Gently put the rice krispy mix into a greased 13×9 baking dish. Let set up for one hour.
- STEP 3. Shape. Make a horizontal cut followed by diagonal cuts to achieve the tree triangle shapes.
- STEP 4. Decorate the trees. Melt the white chocolate and pipe onto the trees. Add the sprinkles. Carefully insert a pretzel stick into the bottom of each tree to make the stump.
Tips and Tricks
- Use FRESH marshmallows and FRESH cereal. Toss the bag or box that’s been sitting in your pantry for you don’t know how long. Stale ingredients means stale treats.
- Vanilla extract is the secret ingredient in my Rice Krispy treats. It makes a difference in creating the illusion that you’re using homemade marshmallows. (Just be sure to use REAL vanilla, not imitation.)
- The marshmallows and butter can also be heated in the microwave (instead of stovetop).
- Don’t pack in the treats too firmly in the pan; it can make the treats hard. Gently press them in so they stay nice and soft and chewy.
- Use a little water on your finger tips to help press the crispy rice mixture evenly into the pan without it sticking to you.
- Carefully insert the pretzels in the treats to make the stumps. And maybe have a few extra on hand in case one breaks.
Any brand of crispy rice cereal will work, just make sure it’s fresh for the best results.
The green gel food coloring provides a more vibrant color and is preferred. You can adjust the amount – using more or less – to achieve your desired color. Regular green food coloring can also be substituted.
Yes. Choose a crispy rice cereal that’s labeled gluten free. And use gluten-free pretzels for the tree stump. Also, check your marshmallow labels and gel food coloring, too, just in case.
The treats, once cooled, decorated and set, can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
Your krispies treats could be getting hard if you press the treats too firmly into the pan. Also, be sure to start with fresh marshmallows and cereal, not stale!
More Christmas Desserts
- Eggnog Cupcakes
- Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
- Cranberry Bliss Bars
- Cranberry Christmas Cake
- Grinch Cookies
- Kolachky Cookies
Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats
- 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 16 ounce marshmallows 1 bag
- 3 drops green gel food coloring
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 ½ cups rice krispies cereal
- 12 pretzel sticks
- Christmas sprinkles
- 4 ounce white chocolate melted
- Lightly grease a 13×9-inch baking dish, or line it with parchment paper. set aside.
- In a large pot, add butter and melt over low heat. Add in marshmallows and continue over low heat, stirring until marshmallows are smooth and melted.
- Remove from heat. Add in foold coloring and vanilla extract. Fold in cereal until completely coated! Pour into prepared baking dish. Press gently into the pan.
- Allow krispie treats to set for at least one hour, at room temperature. Slice treats horizontally in half, then cut into triangles.
- Melt chocolate according to package directions. Carefully insert one pretzel stick into the base of each triangle. Pipe melted chocolate onto each tree then add sprinkles. Set and enjoy.
- Use fresh marshmallows and cereal for best flavor. Stale ingredients results in stale treats.
- Store treats in airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
- Do not press treats TOO firmly into the baking dish as this will result in hard treats. To keep them soft, press gently (you don’t want to “pack it in”).