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Holiday Rice Krispies

Holiday rice krispie treats-rice krispie treats dressed up with chocolate and crushed peppermint candies

Fa la la la la la la la la. Yes, I totally counted that.

Christmas treats are so fun to make and these holiday rice krispies are no exception. I made an entire 9×13 pan-full of them and ate all the scraps that were remaining after I cut out the Christmas shapes.

Jason was like, “you tore through those.” Uh yeah, so what? Rice krispy treats are my WEAKNESS. They slay me. I can’t stop eating them. Once I start, it all goes downhill for me. I just love the chewiness of the marshmallow and the crunch of the rice cereal. When I was little, we would go to Costco and buy those big boxes of rice krispy treats. You know, the shiny blue wrapping with Snap, Krackle, and Pop on the outside? I always found it really funny that on the box of rice krispy cereal, they gave you instructions on how to make rice krispy treats but still sold them anyway cause they know how lazy people really get ;)

I decided to have some fun with these this year and the cookie cutters I used, I actually got at the Mixed conference I was at a couple weeks ago. Christmas tree and an ornament – cute, no? Dipping them in chocolate and sprinkling crushed peppermint candies on top made them even more special! I boxed them up and gave them to our friends :)

This is a foolproof recipe (I guess unless you burn your marshmallow lol) so you must make these! First you melt 6 tbsp. butter. Then throw in your large puffy marshmallows. Melt it all down then cut the heat & throw in 5-6 cups of rice cereal – depends on how chewy you like yours, use 5 cups if you like more marshmallow. Stir it around then throw in 1 cup of mini Christmas colored M&M’s. Some will melt on you, that’s expected, but for the most part, they stay intact and you’ll have pretty M&M’s studded all over the rice krispy treats. Pour the mixture into a 9×13 pan then press gently on top to flatten. Use a large piece of parchment paper as a placemat for your chocolate covering workstation :)

Holiday Rice Krispies
Recipe type: Dessert, Bar Cookies, Christmas, Snacks
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Serves: 8-9 holiday cutouts
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows
  • 5-6 cups rice cereal
  • 1 cup mini M&M’s
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candies or candy canes
  1. In a large pot, melt 6 tbsp. of butter. Add in marshmallows and stir to melt them. Remove from heat after marshmallows have melted.
  2. Pour the rice cereal into the marshmallow mixture. If you prefer more marshmallow, then add only 5 cups.
  3. Stir the mixture to get all the rice cereal coated with the marshmallow. Then gently stir in 1 cup of mini M&M’s.
  4. Dump entire mixture into a non-stick 9×13 baking pan. Using the back of a spatula, gently press the mixture down until the top is nice and even. Place in fridge to cool faster.
  5. Using Christmas cutouts, cut out shapes and set aside.
  6. Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring after every 30 seconds until completely melted.
  7. Dip half of the rice krispy treat in the melted chocolate then immediately sprinkle peppermint candies on top. Lay rice krispy treats on a flat surface (covered with wax or parchment paper) to dry.
  8. Store in an airtight container.



  1. 12/14/2012 at 6:31 am

    So fun! I bet they taste amazing dipped in chocolate! Happy Holidays Julie!

  2. Stacy johnson
    12/14/2012 at 8:03 am

    hi Julie…Several years ago I went to a children’s party and they had Rice Krispie treats cut out like stars on long sticks. They had them wrapped in cellophane in a little jar…like little princess wands. I have tried to duplicate this several times and mine fall a part even before I get them on the stick. (Then I HAVE to eat them :)) any ideas how I could adapt this to make it work? I have really enjoyed following your blogs and am finally inspired to be in the kitchen again!!! thanks!!!

    • 12/14/2012 at 8:08 am

      I would stick them in the freezer for maybe 30 minutes and then stick the sticks in. They’d be harder and won’t lose their shape.

  3. 12/14/2012 at 8:20 am

    Yum! Love that they’re dipped in chocolate! For me, rice krispies are the hardest things to make– they stick everywhere!

  4. 12/14/2012 at 8:24 am

    so simple and yet so perfect!

  5. 12/14/2012 at 9:01 am

    These are adorable!! I love the festive touches. :) (And of course, the best part about doing cutouts is eating the scraps…duh.)

  6. 12/14/2012 at 9:03 am

    These are so stinkin’ CUTE Julie! Love it! Sometimes around the holidays, I feel like I have to get really fancy with the desserts, and this recipe reminds me of how wonderful a foolproof favorite can be. With the cutouts and sprinkles, they are so fun and festive!

  7. 12/14/2012 at 9:20 am

    So cute and fun!

  8. 12/14/2012 at 9:21 am

    Such great photos Julie! This would be a fun recipe for kids to help out … so colorful and festive! :)


  9. 12/14/2012 at 9:29 am

    What a good idea dipping them in chocolate…Im the same way with rice krispies…once I start, I just can’t stop!

  10. 12/14/2012 at 9:33 am

    Adorable! Rice krispie treats are my sons favorites. He loves any excuse to make them!

  11. 12/14/2012 at 10:30 am

    What a clever idea! Rice krispie treats are one of my absolute favorite desserts and these are so cute and festive!

  12. 12/14/2012 at 10:52 am

    Way to ‘Christmas up’ a favorite treat! Love that you added green and red krispies as well :)

  13. 12/14/2012 at 10:53 am

    Ooops…just read they are M&M’s…haha :D

  14. 12/14/2012 at 11:02 am

    How adorable! I love these :)

    I could tear through an entire 9×13 tray of these!

  15. 12/14/2012 at 11:03 am

    I love RICE KRISPY Treats! These are adorable.

  16. 12/14/2012 at 11:11 am

    Rice krispie treats are the absolute best! And I love how festive you made these; I’ve never thought about cutting out shapes before!

  17. 12/14/2012 at 11:13 am

    These are adorable! I could eat a whole pan by myself!

  18. 12/14/2012 at 11:18 am

    These are so cute! I don’t think I’ve have Rice Krispies since I was a kid!

  19. 12/14/2012 at 11:20 am

    OMG I love love rice krispies! What a cute idea and love the recipe. Thanks for sharing it and counting the la la las:)

  20. 12/14/2012 at 12:26 pm

    True – this is so much fun to make…and enjoy! Love the shapes, especially the christmas tree.

  21. 12/14/2012 at 2:18 pm

    These are so cute, Julie! And so festive!

  22. 12/14/2012 at 5:05 pm

    What a fun treat! I am a fan of anything that is themed for the holidays!

  23. 12/14/2012 at 6:09 pm

    love that you counted the fa la la’s – that was hilarious. :)

  24. 12/14/2012 at 10:53 pm

    MmmmmmMMmmmmm, I like these! Cute, festive, AND dipped in chocolate!? Girrrrrl, yes please!

  25. Stacy
    12/15/2012 at 9:03 am

    Thank you Julie!! All these years, I never thought of that! can’t wait to try it!!

  26. Ana
    12/15/2012 at 7:55 pm

    Looks yummy Julie!

  27. 12/16/2012 at 10:39 am

    I haven’t made rice crispy treats in years. I wish I would have seen this before I had my nephew over for cookie baking night. He would have loved these!

  28. 12/16/2012 at 11:33 am

    I make homemade marshmallows and I have yet to try making rice krispy treats with them and I keep meaning to! I think I will have to try this recipe!

  29. Kathleen
    12/16/2012 at 4:25 pm

    Liked you on FB!

  30. 12/16/2012 at 6:55 pm

    I bet these taste fantastic! And so festive!!

  31. 12/16/2012 at 8:03 pm

    Rice krispie treats are my weakness too. I’d be drizzling extra chocolate all over the scrap pieces :) Love these!

  32. I am freaking out that you put mini M&M’s in the rice krispies! So adorable and festive!! The cut outs are really cute – and I totally would have eaten every little bit of the scraps (secretly of course ;)

  33. 12/18/2012 at 4:10 pm

    These are so cute and festive, Julie!


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