Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats RecipeRachel Gurk | Rachel Cooks
Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats are the delightful treat that kids love. Hardly any work at all and a crowd favorite every time!
Last minute Christmas parties or school events - they happen to all of us, no matter how busy we might already be during the busy holiday season.
I’m not going to lie, when it happens, this food blogger often defaults to Rice Krispie treats. They're a quick, no-bake solution to the dish to pass conundrum and can be dressed up so many ways.
These Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats have become my go-to during the craze of the holidays when I need to make that last minute treat to share.
Rice Krispie treats in general are SO easy to make (ridiculously easy), they’re okay for my nut-free kids, and they’re relatively neat. Meaning when my toddlers eat them, I won’t have to change their clothes.
Or their teacher won’t have to spend 10 minutes cleaning up the table. And chairs. And floor. If you're a parent or a teacher, you totally get my point.
Dressing Rice Krispie treats up as Christmas trees? Well that's just a stroke of genius, even if I do say so myself. It's barely any more work, but the final treats are a total delight for kids - and let's be honest, for adults, too.
Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treat Ingredients
Making Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats is a cinch! To get started you will just need a few simple ingredients:
- Rice Krispies - Classic Rice Krispies cereal are the basis of these no-bake Christmas treats
- Butter - Unsalted butter works best for Rice Krispie treats so they stay nice and sweet
- Marshmallows - Mini marshmallows melt down a little easier but any marshmallows work
- Food coloring - Green food coloring to create the green of the trees is a must
- Sprinkles - Fun Christmas inspired sprinkles or candy to decorate the trees
- Pretzel sticks - Mini pretzel sticks are used as the trunk of the tree
How to Make Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats
I’ve seen a couple versions of Rice Krispie treat Christmas trees, but they’ve all been cone-shaped, which can get a little tricky and fussy to make.
These Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats are way easier to make, and I’d argue thaty they are easily just as cute as the alternate cone-shaped version.
The process is as easy as dying them green, cutting them into triangles, and sticking a pretzel stick in them. The hardest part is getting the pretzel stick to not break.
Seriously, that’s the hardest part. I think you can handle this. Also – gentle but firm pressure is the key to the pretzel sticks.
Plus if you break any, you have two options: a shorter tree trunk or a delicious pretzel snack.
I’d say this is a win-win situation, wouldn’t you?
- Spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray
- In a large pan, melt butter and marshmallows while stirring constantly over medium-high heat
- Once the marshmallow butter mixture is nice and smooth, add green food coloring and mix
- Remove from the heat, stir in Rice Krispies and mix until cereal is coated
- Press evenly into your greased pan then sprinkle with sprinkles
- Allow to cool for 30 minutes then cut into triangles
- Insert a pretzel stick into the base of each triangle to form the tree trunk
My kids adored these – they were absolutely obsessed.
They did turn their mouths green, but that’s part of the fun!
They also turned other things green but maybe we won’t talk about that? Okay, good.
More Festive Christmas Treats to Make
- If you’ve got a few extra minutes on your hands and you really want to impress the other parents at the school Christmas party, give these sandwich cookie snowmen a try.
- Another quick and easy holiday treat is this cookies and cream fudge. Holiday Oreos give it a fun and festive color.
- If you’re looking for more of a chocolate fix, these santa hat brownies are pretty close to the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
- Okay – these reindeer cupcakes definitely are putting up some strong competition for cutest holiday treat. (Let’s just eat both and call it a tie, okay?)
Now there’s no excuse for not being that mom that brings darling treats into school. Well, besides kids, sleep, and general life craziness.
Those are all fantastic excuses. But you can definitely handle these adorable Rice Krispie treat Christmas trees. You can do it!
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Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
- 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 10 ounces Marshmallows, 1 package, about 40, or 4 cups mini marshmallows
- Green Food Coloring
- 6 cups Rice Krispies
- 20 Small Pretzel Sticks
- Grease or spray a 9x13-inch pan and set aside.
- In a large pan, melt butter and marshmallows over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Once it almost smooth and melted, add green food coloring little by little until you achieve your desired tree color. Once completely smooth and perfectly green, remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies. Continue to stir until all the cereal is coated.
- Press evenly into prepared pan (I always spray my hand with nonstick cooking spray to do this, but you can also use a piece of wax paper). Immediately sprinkle with sprinkles. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
- Cut one cut down the middle of the pan (the long way). Then, cut each of those rows into triangles (you should have 4 scraps leftover, one at each side of each row).
- Typically I advocate for pressing Rice Krispie treats into the pan very lightly. With these trees, press them in a little more firmly so they hold together well and keep their shape.
- Rachel Gurk
- Cooking Method:
- No Bake
- Snacks, Family Meals and Snacks, No Bake, Easy, Desserts, Party Food, Christmas, Holidays
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- 20 servings
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Author: Rachel Gurk
Recipe Yields: 20 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Amount Per Serving