Rice Krispy Trees!

I am not an artsy craftsy person.  It’s actually been something that I’ve always wanted to be able to do.  But sometimes I get a little bit experimental in the kitchen, and it can be fun.  When we made the Rice Krispy Pumpkins for Halloween, I knew that I wanted to make some Rice Krispy trees for Christmas.  But sculpting a Christmas tree freehand with sticky warm crispy rice goo didn’t seem like something that I’d be able to pull off.

Then I got an idea.

And it gave me these.

Rice Krispy Trees!

Rice Krispy Trees

Pardon the less than amazing photo; I took it with my iPhone last night before putting them away.

Anyway, what I did was use the standard Rice Krispy Treat recipe:

1/4 cup of butter
10 oz marshmallows
6 cups of crispy rice cereal

You know the drill: melt the butter and marshmallows together.  The only thing I did differently was I added a splash of vanilla (probably about 1/2 a teaspoon) and mixed in some icing dye.  Using green food coloring would work the same way, it’s just that icing dye is a heavily concentrated gel.  Once I had the green mixed through and the marshmallows were melted, I stirred in the cereal.

I pressed the mixture into a baking pan after spraying my hands with Pam to prevent the mixture sticking to me.  I left it to cool, and then cut them out with Christmas tree shaped cookie cutters.  I decorated with decorating sugar and M&Ms.

Things I could have done to make it cooler:

decorate with smaller M&Ms

Paint with the little tube of colored frosting to add garland, etc.

Pressed in the M&Ms before the mixture had cooled

All in all, though, I’m pretty happy with my experiment.  They look pretty cool, anyway.  And taste delicious.


About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I think they turned out cute and I agree you could never get the color green with food coloring.

  2. I would skip the coloring myself (not a fan of coloring). They would look cute white, with white chocolate drizzles and craisins.

  3. This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!


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