Let your kids decorate their own Christmas trees. These delicious Christmas treats are SO easy to make and your kids will have a blast decorating them with their favorite candy!
My preschooler has really enjoyed helping me deck the halls this season! However, now that our tree is up and all of our wreaths, garland and stockings have been hung with care, there is not much more decking for her to do.
In an effort to appease her AND keep her busy (and not hear the dreaded, “I’m so bored!”), I opened my pantry and prayed for mercy and inspiration.
Thankfully, after taking inventory in my pantry, inspiration did strike! On hand, we had decorating icing, mini marshmallows, gummy bears and a variety of leftover Halloween candy.
So I decided to make Rice Krispies Christmas tree treats. This would give my daughter an opportunity to decorate more Christmas trees, this time with her favorite candy.
The concept is so easy, fun AND delicious!
- Trees: Rice Krispies Treats
- Glue: Green decorating icing
- Tree trunks: Mini chocolate bars (the last of the Halloween candy!)
- Ornaments and embellishments: Your family’s favorite candy and/or holiday baking embellishments
These treats remind me of the Halloween monster eyeballs we made in October. They were a big hit at her school!
On the same note, I think these Christmas tree treats would make a great activity for a classroom Christmas party or holiday gathering. Just do everything up to the decorating part, and voilà, you have a fun, kid-friendly activity and instant party favor.
First, we made a batch of green Rice Krispies Treats. I follow the standard Rice Krispies Treat recipe…but I like to add a little more butter.
My daughter believes in quality control and has to make sure the batch is good. Apparently it passed her inspection with flying colors!
Next, we poured out the batch onto a pan. I used a round pizza pan, which makes it easier to cut triangles for the trees. Press the mixture firmly into the pan and try to get the layer as even as possible.
PSA: Butter your hands before handling this sticky mixture.
Once the batch cooled, I used a knife and a pizza cutter to cut the batch into triangles. Your trees do not have t be identical and precise. Let each tree be unique!
Fun side note: I made Christmas wreaths with the scraps.
Next, I used the icing to “glue” the mini chocolate bars to the tree bottoms. Apply the icing to the top of the chocolate bars liberally and press firmly to the bottom underside of the Christmas tree treat.
If you don’t have chocolate bars for the Christmas tree trunks, use what you do have. I’ve seen recipes use pretzel sticks, peanut butter cups, popsicle sticks and lollipop sticks.
Once the trees were given their trunks, it was finally it was time to decorate. And I’m happy to report that my daughter had a blast decorating her Christmas trees made with Rice Krispies Treats!
The project kept her happy and occupied for a few hours, which is saying A LOT.
She was kind enough to let me decorate a few too. And look how cute our trees – and wreaths – turned out.
I can see us making these fun and easy Christmas treats together for many years to come!
Decorate Your Own Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats
- 8 tablespoons butter, divided
- 10.5 ounces marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 8-10 miniature chocolate candy bars
- 1 tube green decorating icing
- Assorted candy and baking embellishments
- Green food coloring
- Coat pizza pan, cake pan or cookie sheet with 1 tablespoon butter.
- In a large saucepan melt 6 tablespoons of butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
- Add green food coloring. Use generously, as the mixture will lighten significantly when cereal is added.
- Next, add cereal and stir until well coated.
- Pour mixture into buttered pan. Use remaining 1 tablespoon of butter for hands and evenly press mixture into pan. Let mixture cool.
- Using a serrated knife or pizza cutter, slice cooled mixture into triangles. They do not have to be uniform, each tree can be unique!
- Use green icing to adhere chocolate bar to the underside of Christmas tree.
- Set out candies and embellishments of choice and use icing to glue each piece to Christmas tree.