Easy and festive Christmas rice krispie treats, decorated with frosting and sprinkles to make the perfect dessert for kids and adults alike! This is a fun dessert to get kids involved in making, too, and you just need a double batch of 4 ingredient rice krispie treats, some frosting, and a few extra sprinkles and toppings.
Everything used here can be bought at a standard grocery store, and the decorative items will also be sold at most bulk food and craft shops.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Rice krispie treats: you'll need a double batch of this recipe – it's a little higher on the marshmallows, so it makes a slightly softer, chewier treat.
- Frosting: use a simple American buttercream. Cream cheese frosting shouldn't be stored at room temperature, even for a day, so it doesn't work. Buttercream can be kept out for a day or two, especially if you don't thin it with milk.
- Candy: red M&Ms are perfect to make little red noses, but any small red candy will work, even a softer one like gumdrops.
- Pretzels: any small hard pretzels can be used, but the round ones look so much nicer than pretzel sticks!
- Sanding sugar: this is a specific decorating sugar, particularly sparkly, that comes in many different colours. You can use another sugar and mix in a few drops of food colouring if you can't get sanding sugar.
- Make it plant-based: use vegan marshmallows for the treats, and top with vegan buttercream frosting.
Step by Step
Step 1: use a dollop of buttercream to attach two mini pretzels at the top two corners.
Step 2: attach the eye candies and a red candy for a nose with more frosting.
Step by Step
Step 1: spread some frosting on the top quarter of the treat.
Step 2: cover the frosting in red sanding sugar.
Step 3: use a piping bag fitted with a star tip to pipe Santa's hair and beard, leaving a square free for his face.
Step 4: use more frosting to attach the eyes and a red candy for the nose.
Step by Step
Step 1: use a small round piping tip to pipe two lines, one vertical and one horizontal, and then a bow over the middle where the lines connect.
Step 2: add some holiday sprinkles over the bow or ribbon.
- Use icing: if you want to keep the treats for longer, use royal icing to decorate rather than buttercream. It doesn't taste quite as nice, but works well for the reindeer and gifts, and can be stored at room temperature for up to three days.
- Change up the toppings: for the wrapped gifts, try using different colours of frosting and using a variety of sprinkles.
- Cool fully: make sure the rice krispie treats are completely cooled and set before frosting. Just like with a cake, the frosting will melt if the treats are still warm.
This uses a double batch of rice krispie treats, and one batch is made with holiday rice krispies to make the wrapped gifts. This is optional, but a cute addition.
There are lots of other Christmas rice krispie treat types you could make! Try cutting the treats into triangles and decorating as trees (with green buttercream, a star piping tip, and candy decorations) or Santa hats, make little green wreaths, use cookie cutters to make shapes like stockings or snowmen, or whatever you can dream up. If you're feeling very ambitious, you can even make sculptures like 3D Christmas trees.
How to Store
Keep the treats in a sealed container at room temperature for a day or two. The frosting shouldn't be kept in a warm place, but the rice krispie treats will harden and dry out if stored in the fridge.
Can I make Rice Krispie treats the night before?
The treats can be made the night before, no problem. You can even frost the night before and keep the treats in a sealed container in a cool place until ready to serve (no longer than 24 hours).
Why are my homemade Rice Krispie treats soggy?
While you might be inclined to add more marshmallow and butter to the base recipe, that's what makes for soggy treats. Stick to the recipe for the best results every time!
Can you use old marshmallows for rice crispy treats?
Old marshmallows might seem like a good idea - they're being melted anyway! - but that dryness isn't good for making the treats. Soft, fresh marshmallows are best.
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Christmas Rice Krispie Treats
- 2 Mixing bowls
- Piping bag
- Star tip
- Small round tip
- 2 batches Rice Krispie Treats cut into rectangles
- American buttercream
- Candy eyes
- Red candies
- Red food colouring
- Red sanding sugar
- Small pretzels
- Add two dollops of frosting at the top two corners of a treat. Press a pretzel onto each corner. Attach two eyes and a red nose with more frosting.2 batches Rice Krispie Treats, American buttercream, Candy eyes, Red candies, Small pretzels
- Spread white frosting on the top ¼ of a treat, then cover the frosting with red sanding sugar. Use a star tip to pipe hair and the beard, leaving a small square free in the middle for Santa's face. Attach eyes and a red candy nose with more frosting.2 batches Rice Krispie Treats, American buttercream, Candy eyes, Red sanding sugar, Red candies
- Colour some of the frosting with red food colouring. Use a small round piping tip pipe two lines, intersecting in the middle of the treat (just like ribbon for a gift). Pipe a bow shape in the middle, over where the lines meet. Top with sprinkles.2 batches Rice Krispie Treats, Sprinkles, Red food colouring, American buttercream