Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats are the delightful treat that kids love. Hardly any work at all!
Last minute Christmas parties or school events - they happen to all of us, no matter how busy we might already be.
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.
They’re 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.
Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treat 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.
These are way easier to make, and I’d argue they are just as cute.
It’s 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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