Rice Krispies® Christmas trees are a fun activity for the kids during the holidays using the traditional Rice Krispies® recipe and decorated with your favorite candies.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
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14 Christmas trees


Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir continually until completely melted and smooth, 3 to 5 minutes. Add food coloring, 3 to 4 drops at a time, until you reach the desired color. Stir until color is uniform. Remove from heat and add crispy rice cereal. Stir with a buttered spatula until cereal is completely coated and evenly green.

  • Pour cereal mixture into the prepared baking pan and press in firmly. Add sprinkles to the top and press in. Allow to cool and set, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Cut cereal mixture in the pan in half lengthwise to create 2 sections. Cut each section into approximately 6 or 7 small triangle tree shapes and transfer them to a plate. Carefully twist 1 pretzel stick into the base of each triangle as a "trunk;" if the triangle shape separates, squeeze it back together.

  • Pipe frosting onto triangles as garland and top each with a candy star.

Cook's Notes:

If you prefer, you can use your favorite Christmas tree cookie cutter instead of cutting into triangles.

Add your favorite candy decorations onto the frosting to use as ornaments.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 62.8g; fat 6.5g; cholesterol 6.5mg; sodium 1051.5mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Lots of fun for the kids. We will do it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
Lots of fun for the kids. We will do it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy to make if not a little confusing making the first time. That might have been enhanced from the pile of grandkids wanting to help. Four drops of green food coloring sufficed for the tree coloring. I did not make the decorative swaths with candy drops but used multi-colored sweet sprinkles over the whole panful before cutting. Red hots were used for the tree topper. I do recommend getting the thicker pretzel sticks for the simulated tree truck the narrow ones break too easily when screwing into the tree bottom. These were admired and enjoyed by all young and old. They rapidly disappeared probably faster than it took to make. The older kids want me to make a second batch without the young ones present so they can gain the process and make their own batch. Read More