Holiday Rice Krispies

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    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

    These rice krispie treats dressed up with chocolate and crushed peppermint candies are perfect for the holidays!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 5 mins
    Total Time: 15 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 8 -9
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 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


    • In a large pot, melt 6 tbsp. of butter. Add in marshmallows and stir to melt them. Remove from heat after marshmallows have melted.
    • Pour the rice cereal into the marshmallow mixture. If you prefer more marshmallow, then add only 5 cups.
    • Stir the mixture to get all the rice cereal coated with the marshmallow. Then gently stir in 1 cup of mini M&M's.
    • Dump entire mixture into a non-stick 9x13 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.
    • Using Christmas cutouts, cut out shapes and set aside.
    • Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring after every 30 seconds until completely melted.
    • 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.
    • Store in an airtight container.


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  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says:

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

  • Stacy johnson says:

    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!!!

    • Julie says:

      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.

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

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

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    so simple and yet so perfect!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

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

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    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!

  • Maria says:

    So cute and fun!

  • Lauren Hardy @ Making Life Sweet says:

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


  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

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

  • kelley {mountain mama cooks} says:

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

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

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

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

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

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

  • DessertForTwo says:

    How adorable! I love these :)

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

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    I love RICE KRISPY Treats! These are adorable.

  • Kathryn says:

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

  • Cassie says:

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

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

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

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie says:

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

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs says:

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

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    These are so cute, Julie! And so festive!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says:

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

  • kale says:

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

  • Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

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

  • Stacy says:

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

  • Ana says:

    Looks yummy Julie!

  • Kristi Rimkus says:

    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!

  • [email protected] pineapple and coconut says:

    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!

  • Kathleen says:

    Liked you on FB!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I bet these taste fantastic! And so festive!!

  • Baking Serendipity says:

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

  • Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie says:

    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 ;)

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks says:

    These are so cute and festive, Julie!

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