Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

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These fun Christmas Rice Krispie treats are easy to make and great for the holiday season. They can be formed into small bite-sized balls or into shapes using cookie cutters. 

Rice krispie treat balls in a bowl

Rice Krispie treats are a classic and simple recipe that can be customized in so many ways. This Christmas version is so fun to make, especially with the kids. We love using fun colors for our holiday treats like this JELLO poke cake and this fun bundt cake

Part of what makes these holiday marshmallow treats are the colors used. They can be made in your favorite colors if you would like to change it up for a birthday, or another holiday celebration. We are using a forest green and true red food coloring for this recipe. 

If you don’t have food coloring, don’t worry. Use some festive sprinkles to add some color. 

What you need

Butter – Use sweet cream, unsalted butter. 

Krispie cereal – Rice Krispies or store brand work well. 

Mini marshmallows – I like using the mini marshmallows because they melt well with the butter. 

White chocolate chips – Adds a little sweetness and acts as a binder to the treats.

Food coloring – This is optional but great for making colorful treats. I like using gel food coloring for nice, bright color. 

Sprinkles – Also optional. These add more fun color and ways to dress up the Rice Krispie bites. 

How to make Christmas Rice Krispie treats

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  1. Melt: Add butter to a large saucepan or pot over medium heat and melt. Stir in marshmallows and white chocolate chips. 
  2. Color: Stir in food coloring if using. Mix until marshmallow mixture is completely colored through.
  3. Mix: Stir in Rice Krispies and sprinkles until combined. 
  4. Form: Form mixture into small, bite sized balls or cut into shapes with cookie cutters. 

Marshmallows, butter, cereal, chocolate chips, sprinkles, food coloring

Recipe tips

  • Make sure not to have your stove heat too high. I like to melt the butter and marshmallows over medium to medium-low heat so the mixture doesn’t burn. 
  • Let the mixture cool a little before shaping so that you don’t accidentally get burned. 
  • I like to spray my hands or cookie cutter with non-stick cooking spray to help prevent the mixture sticking. 
  • If you are making one color, or no color at all, I recommend doubling the recipe to get about 24 bites. 

Can Rice Krispie balls be made into different shapes

If you would like to make these into holiday shapes first spread the mixture over wax paper. 

Coat cookie cutter with non-stick cooking spray and use to cut out shapes. 

These can also be made into wreaths by forming into a ring shape and then adding sprinkles or red hots. 

Christmas tree cookie cutter with krispie treat cut out

Can you use marshmallow fluff instead of marshmallows?

You can substitute a jar of marshmallow fluff for 10 oz. of mini marshmallows. 

Krispie bites on baking sheet.

How to store

Store these in an airtight container for up to a week. No need to refrigerate. They can also be frozen for 3 months. 

I also love packaging in a pretty tin or box, and give as a budget friendly gift.

If you need a quick, easy, fun holiday treat, this Rice Krispie treat recipe is just what you need. Great to bring to a holiday party, eat as a snack, or dessert. 

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5 from 1 vote

Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

By Heather
These easy to make Christmas Rice Krispie Treats are a fun treat to make for the holidays.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 balls


Ingredients for each color (This is for one color)

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 5-6 drops food coloring
  • sprinkles optional


  • Place butter in a saucepan and melt over medium heat.
  • Once butter is melted, add in marshmallows and white chocolate chips. Stir until everything is melted.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in food coloring. Stir until color is mixed through. Stir in cereal and sprinkles.
  • Roll mixture into small balls or spread out on wax paper and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  • Cool on parchment or wax paper.



If you are just making one color, I suggest doubling the recipe. 


Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 553IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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