8 Christmas Rice Krispie Treats for the Tastiest Time of the Year

Skip the standard Christmas cookies and stand out with merry crispy rice treats for your holiday celebrations.

Published November 29, 2023

They snap, crackle, pop, and sparkle with holiday cheer. Christmas Rice Krispies treats are an easy way to bring charm to your eyes and tastebuds this holiday season. From festive trees to bite-sized treats, these Christmas Rice Krispies will have you ready to celebrate in a snap. 

Christmas Tree Treats Are Classic

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The original square crispy rice treat is a classic all year round, but trees feel even classier during Christmas. Using your usual Rice Krispies treats recipe, you can easily shape your treats into trees for decorating with sprinkles, icing, and a shining star on top.

  • Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to shape your treats after they are fully set.
  • Slice your batch of crispy rice treats into triangles with a sharp knife for a modern take on Christmas trees.
  • Grab a small waffle ice cream cone and shape your treat around the upside-down cone to create trees. You can remove the cones after your treats set or leave it in for a sweet surprise.
  • Slice your treats into the usual rectangles and create a tree with frosting on top.
Quick Tip

The easiest way to make your Christmas tree treats shine with holiday cheer is to add a bit of green food coloring to the batch before you combine the rice cereal with the melted marshmallow mixture.

Spice Your Treats Up With Gingerbread

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Gingerbread is one of the classic Christmas flavors that many of us look forward to each year. We add it to our coffee, bake it into cakes, and build literal houses with the stuff. Why not use it to spice up your traditional crispy rice treats? Sugar Spice & Glitter has this ginger-packed Rice Krispies treat recipe to make your holiday merry. 

Chocolate Snowflakes Make Your Treats Elegant

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If you need an easy dessert for a Christmas party that looks too beautiful to eat, these snowy crispy rice treats are the way to go.


  • 1 batch crispy rice treats, prepared and set
  • 20 ounces white chocolate or white candy melts, melted
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment
  • Frosting piping bag
  • White or silver sprinkles


  1. Cut your treats into even squares and set aside.
  2. Put 15 ounces of chocolate in a large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining melted chocolate to the piping bag.
  4. Cut a small hole in the tip of your bag.
  5. Start drizzling the melted chocolate from the bag onto your parchment-lined baking sheet. Create snowflakes in various sizes with your drizzles. 
  6.  While the chocolate snowflakes set in your freezer, begin dunking the faces of your treats into the bowl of melted chocolate You may need to heat the bowl a couple of times throughout the process to keep it workable. 
  7. Add sprinkles to the face of the treats before they set.
  8. Once they are set, use a dab of melted chocolate to attach your snowflakes.
Helpful Hack

Add white sanding sugar to your snowflakes before they set to get extra-sparkly flakes for your treats.

Make Easy Rice Krispies Reindeer

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Kids love to bake at Christmas, and this crispy rice treat is easy for little hands. Plus, it won't leave your kitchen a complete disaster. Using your favorite Rice Krispies treat recipe, decorate the set slices to look like Santa's reindeer. 

  1. Make antlers with melted chocolate, mini pretzels, or frosting.
  2. Add eyes with small candies or edible candy eyes. Use melted chocolate or frosting to attach them.
  3. Complete the look with small chocolate noses. Use red candies (like M&Ms) to make Rudolph's nose. 
Need to Know

A coating of melted chocolate on top of your treats gives you the perfect reindeer-colored base for the adorable faces. 

Whip Up Bite-Sized Christmas Krispies

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Chocolate truffles are a real treat at Christmas, but making them with crispy rice cereal adds an extra layer of fun. Use this Rice Krispie truffle recipe from The Suburban Mom to make a festive snack for a holiday party or a yummy Christmas gift

Embrace Your Inner Grinch

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Whether you're a bit of a holiday Grinch yourself or you just love the green Christmas icon for his character development, this twist on Christmas treats is an easy way to sweeten your holiday. Get your kids in the kitchen for this fun Christmas treat and teach them all about how Christmas doesn't come from a store. 

  1. Slice a batch of Rice Krispies treats into squares. You can even use packaged Rice Krispies treats if you like.
  2. Drizzle green candy melts, melted, over each treat.
  3. Attach a candy heart or candy sprinkles to the wet chocolate.

Wrap Your Treats With Peppermint

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Candy canes on Christmas trees and peppermint hot cocoa shouldn't get all the attention this holiday season. A bit of peppermint in your crispy rice treats is a tasty way to infuse Christmas flavor into your edible creations. Add some white chocolate like The Kitchen Girl does in this peppermint Rice Krispies treat recipe, and you have a flavor-packed dessert for your next holiday party. 

Make Crispy Rice Ornaments

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Swap your usual Christmas cookie decorating night for an evening of crispy rice ornament making. Kids and adults will love crafting their own edible ornaments with Rice Krispies and all the holiday chocolates and candies. 

  1. Use an ice cream scoop (or cookie scoop for smaller treats) to shape your crispy rice treats before they set. 
  2. Once the treats are fully set, use melted chocolate to attach small peanut butter cups or Rolos candies to make the ornament's top.
  3. Decorate your ornaments with melted chocolate, candy melts, sprinkles, small candies, and any other goodies you might find. 
Need to Know

You can coat the ornaments in chocolate before or after adding the chocolate candy tops.

Add Some Christmas Crackle to Your Holiday Baking

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Cookies may reign as the Christmas dessert king, but crispy rice creations are certainly making their way toward the top of the holiday treat tree. For an evening of family fun, a classic Christmas party, or your annual holiday celebrations, these treats will certainly pop with festive creativity. 

8 Christmas Rice Krispie Treats for the Tastiest Time of the Year