Rice Krispie Christmas Trees

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The holidays are already pretty busy, so let’s make a fun and easy dessert together that’s perfect for kids or any holiday get-together! These Rice Krispie Christmas Trees are not only adorable but also full of flavor with vanilla and a hint of browning. They’re sure to be a big hit this season, and the best part? They come together in under 20 minutes!

Rice Krispie Christmas Trees

Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 16


**For the Rice Krispie Treats:**

  • 1 cup salted butter I used Challenge Butter
  • 20 oz mini marshmallows
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 cups Rice Krispies
  • Green food coloring

**For the garnish:**

  • 8 oz white chocolate melted and at room temperature
  • ΒΌ cup nonpareils


  • Begin by lightly spraying 2 round pans (9 inches) with nonstick cooking spray and set them aside.
  • In a large pot, melt your butter. Keep stirring until the butter just starts to brown. Watch for the butter to foam up twice and emit a nutty aroma. Remove it from heat immediately to avoid burning.
  • Stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. The mixture will bubble up, so keep stirring for about thirty seconds until the sizzling subsides.
  • Add in half of your marshmallows, mix until almost melted, then add the remaining marshmallows. Stir until all the marshmallows are entirely melted.
  • Add green dye until you achieve the desired color. Then, add Rice Krispies, 2 cups at a time, and lightly stir until combined. If it starts sticking to the spatula, spray it with nonstick spray. Continue adding Rice Krispies until everything is evenly combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pans. Lightly wet your hands and gently press into the pan edges. Be gentle so you don’t crush it!
  • Break up the white chocolate and place it in a heatproof bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until completely melted. Let it sit for 3 minutes to cool to room temperature.
  • Using a spoon or piping bag, drizzle white chocolate onto the treats. Sprinkle on rainbow nonpareils, and you’re ready to enjoy your festive Rice Krispie Christmas Trees!

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