23 Holiday Rice Krispy Treats

One of my favorite treats when I was growing up was classic Rice Krispies treats developed by Kellogg. (Recipe for classic treat at Kellogg)   I’m sure you have all made them at some point.  Rice Krispies cereal, butter, and marshmallows are the 3 basic ingredients. I like the small marshmallows as they melt faster.  You can use stick margarine but tub margarine is not recommended.  It was a favorite recipe for me as a young cook all the way through my early 20’s.  I rarely eat them now as I limit my sweets, but an occasional treat can be good.



The Best Brown Butter Salted Rice Krispies® Treats




Through the years inventive moms have used food dyes or icing, added chocolate or nuts or M & M’s, or molded the treats into desired shapes for holidays.




Pumpkin Treat Using Color, Chocolate Candy Stem & Green Icing




Today let’s look at variations of this easy treat for our holiday season.


I. Melted Chocolate


I believe chocolate can raise this simple childhood treat to another level. It is appropriate for any holiday or season. Just be sure to have non-chocolate treats for those who can’t eat chocolate.  Also use a good chocolate. Read the ingredients.  I like using Enjoy Life semisweet dark chocolate chips which are close to 70% cacao.  Check the amount of chocolate in your chips as some are as low as 29%.  I like that the chips are Soy free, Nut free, Gluten free, Dairy free, Non GMO, Vegan, and Paleo.    When eaten in moderation, semisweet chocolate can keep your brain sharp, your blood flowing and your heart healthy.  They melt easily in a microwave oven.  You can dip your treats  or drizzle a design.





II. Holiday Rice Krispies


Since Kellog‘s introduced the limited time holiday mix of Rice Krispies with the addition of red and green krispies, a Christmas version of the treat is extremely easy.  Use the classic recipe with the holiday krispies and you’re good to go. You can cut in squares or roll into balls.  Always be sure to oil your tool and hands to prevent sticking.





rice krispies cut into squares on a plate

Photo Indecision & Cake




III. Balls of Red and Green


Two Sisters rolled their Christmas Rice Krispie Treat Bites in to small balls in red, green, and white using standard krispies and food color.





Christmas Rice Krispie Treat Bites - Yummy, bite-sized balls of crunchy, marshmallow-y delight. This is a Christmas Dessert that is easy to make and even better to eat. These colorful and festive Christmas Treats will definitely stand out on a Christmas Dessert Table. They would be great as a Holiday Party dessert or a snack for a school Christmas Party. Follow us for more fun Christmas Food Ideas.

Photo Two Sisters



IV.  Hand Mold Treats


If you feel artistic, you can try to mold by hand in shapes, but I feel there are easier methods.







V. Christmas Tree 1


For a Christmas tree, press warm krispies into a square pan, and cut into triangles. You can use regular rice krispies and add food dye if you want. Personally I don’t like adding dye to my food.  Below is Rachel Cooks Christmas tree treats.




Christmas tree cookies arranged on long white platter on red cloth.

Photo Rachel Cooks




VI. Christmas Tree 2


The Spruce Eats shows you what you can do with plain rice krispies, icing, M & M‘s, and candy canes.




Christmas rice crispy treats recipe

Photo The Spruce Eats




VII. Christmas Tree 3


Over at Midwest Mash, plain krispies treats were cut into tree shapes and colored sugar sprinkles of red and green were used for her Holiday Rice Krispy Treats.






Photo Midwest Mash




VIII. Christmas Tree 4


For Cookies & Cups Krispy Treats Christmas Tree green food coloring was added to the classic recipe.  The traditional square treats are cut and stacked as a pyramid on a plate or platter.  Then it was decorated with M & M’s or other candies for a special Christmas tree. Candies surround the tree on the plate making a fun holiday presentation.



Photo Cookies & Cups



IX. Reindeer 1


One of my favorite holiday shapes is a reindeer.  Let’s start with Momma Lew‘s Easy Christmas Rice Krispies TreatsShe used the traditional rectangular treat with just 2 pretzels, candy eyes, and a red M & M.  They are cute and are not hard to make.





Easy Christmas Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Photo Momma Lew




X. Reindeer 2


Next is Thirty Handmade Days‘ Reindeer Rice Krispies Treats. It’s similar to the one above except no pretzels for antlers.  She piped melted chocolate for antlers.




Holidays: Reindeer Rice Krispies - the cutest treat you will see all Christmas season. Make this recipe and deliver them to family and friends! From Eighteen 25 via Thirty Handmade Days for Bake Craft Sew

Photo Thirty Handmade Days




XI.  Reindeer 3


Five Heart Home‘s Reindeer Rice Krispies Treats look professionally made but are still obtainable with icing skills.  You’ll notice she used a round pan to press the warm treats and then cut into triangles.





Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats with text overlay.

Photo Five Heart Home



XII. Reindeer 4


The final reindeer treat is for all the chocolate lovers.  Crafty Morning used melted chocolate candies for a chocolate dip of her Reindeer Rice Krispies.  




Photo Crafty Morning




XIII. Santa


This Sweet Happy Life has really cute Santa Rice Krispie Treats. She used white chocolate candy melts with coconut besides other small candies.




Photo This Sweet Happy Life




XIV. Wreaths


A Pumpkin & A Princess has pretty Rice Krispies Wreaths Her treats are molded and decorated with food coloring, candies, and sprinkles.





Rice Krispies Wreaths – a holiday spin on the classic Rice Krispies treats recipe. Kids will love these mini Rice Krispies wreaths decorated with holly leaves and berries.

Photo A Pumpkin & A Princess



XV. Snowmen


How to Make Cereal Treats made adorable Krispie Treat Snowmen by hand molding the treat and decorating with a Reese’s Cup hat, mini chocolate chip eyes and buttons, a fruit roll scarf, orange candy carrot noses, and pretzel arms.




rice crispy treat snowmen arranged on a white table set in front of a snowflake background

Photo How To Make Cereal Treats





XVI.  Peppermint Treats


Crunchy Creamy Sweet has a change of taste with a Peppermint Rice Krispies Treat. It’s the perfect winter after dinner dessert.




Peppermint White Chocolate Rice Krispies Peppermint Rice Krispies Treats

Photo Crunchy Creamy Sweet





XVII.  Ornament Treats


For Christmas try Ornament Rice Krispie Treats  at The Coupon Challenge. You just add food coloring, mold a ball, and top with Rollo candy.





Ornament Krispie Treats

Photo The Coupon Challenge



XIII. Snowflake Treats


Inspired by Disney’s Frozen these Snowflake Rice Krispie Treats  from Life is a Party are perfect for your winter parties or Frozen themed party. I just love how they look.




Photo Life is a Party




XIV.  Santa Hats


Simple Joy made adorable Santa Hats with food coloring and piped icing. It’s amazing how many ways triangles can be decorated.




The Rice Krispies Santa Hat forms a small circle showing that the frosting is piped with a star tip

Photo Simple Joy




XX. Presents


The creative lady at Meaningful Mama made rice krispies presents that open to M & M‘s! You can eat the box and candy inside.





Rice Krispies Presents for Christmas Oct 18, 2015, 12-12 PM

Photo Meaningful Mama




XXI. Cake 1


Now let’s look at interesting ideas for using rice krispies as a building block for say a cake or house. Know anyone who can’t eat wheat or gluten?  This is a fast and easy way to make a dessert that most people can eat.  Below is My Food & Family‘s rice krispies cake.  You decorate with icing and sprinkles.  It easily could look like Christmas using white iciing and red sprinkles and maybe a star in the middle..




Photo My Food & Family


XXII. House


Moms & Munchkins made a house and decorated it for Christmas.  Looks like great fun.




Rice Krispies House For The Holidays

Photo Moms & Munchkins




XXIII. Cake 2


Last is Food Network‘s Holiday Surprise Cake.   A lovely icing was added to the stacked layers of Rice Krispies treats. If you follow the directions, when you cut a slice, a surprise is revealed.




Photo Food Network




I’m wishing you a joyful Christmas and New Year.














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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

23 thoughts to “23 Holiday Rice Krispy Treats”

  1. I really enjoyed reading this post. I love the reindeer, the trees with the candy canes and the Rice Krispie boxes. So easy to make with children too :o)


  2. Oh my goodness Carol. I knew the ones that my wife would make for Christmas but I didn’t realize the many different types. Last year I tried to take her Rice Krispy treats and put the chocolate on it but people didn’t like it, the chocolate I meant.

    Cruisin Paul

    1. oh well to each his own – that’s why there are so many flavors of ice cream – we like different things – hope you have a great week Paul!

  3. Yum, yum! I think Rice Krispie cakes were the first type of cake I ever made when I was a child.
    What great ideas. They look fab too, the reindeer one’s are very cute. x

  4. I love these, especially the reindeer and the wreaths. I used to make rice krispie cakes when I made celebration cakes and they are great for moulding into all sorts of decorations.

  5. Oh my, these are so festive. Can you believe I have NEVER made rice crispy treats? I have raised a daughter and loved on 2 grands and I have never. I’m ashamed to say that. 🙂 But these all look like fun to make and to eat. Thanks for sharing at #aclwcc.

  6. Would you believe I accidentally bought rice crispies cereal instead of the rice squares (I wanted to make puppy chow). Glad I found this post as I have never made rice crispy treats before. Will be making the snowballs!
    Thanks for sharing!
    I visited from Monday Morning Blog Club!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

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