These Christmas Rice Krispy Treats are made with crispy rice cereal, festive sprinkles, holiday M&M’s and make a fun and easy treat for the holidays!
Christmas Rice Krispy Treats
Looking for an simple, no-bake treat that for the holidays? You can’t go wrong with these Christmas Rice Krispy Squares. They’re so fun, festive and easy whip up with little notice and make the perfect baking project for kids during the holidays.
The first version of the classic holiday rice crispy squares start off the same familiar way with some crispy rice cereal, melted butter and marshmallows and just by adding in a little bit of rich and creamy white chocolate, they are transformed into an even more irresistible and decadent dessert.
I added another coating of melted white chocolate and finished them with some festive sprinkles. You can use your cookie cutters to make some fun shapes!
While the second version uses your favorite nut butter, maple syrup and some vegan butter so they’re perfect for anyone that is dairy-free or wants a healthier rice crispy treat.
Christmas Rice Krispy Treats make a fun and festive treat for the holidays!
- 3 tablespoons butter , vegan, ghee or unsalted
- 1 12-ounce package mini marshmallows , use MyDandies for vegan
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- 2-1/2 cups white chocolate chips , divided - use Pascha's or Enjoy Life for dairy-free
- Assorted holiday candies and sprinkles - optional
- 2/3 cup natural creamy nut butter or creamy seed butter of choice
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or preferred sticky liquid sweetener
- 1 1/2 tbsp vegan butter , coconut oil or butter of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt or kosher salt
- 3 cups crispy rice cereal / Rice Krispies , gluten-free as needed
- 1 tsp festive holiday sprinkles , divided
- 1/2 cup festive holiday M&M’s , divided
Line a 13" by 9" pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
Grease a large bowl. Place cereal in the bowl.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows and 1/3 cup of white chocolate chips, stirring often, cook until almost melted. Remove from the heat and stir until all of the marshmallows are melted. Pour the mixture over the cereal. Stir until coated.
Transfer the cereal mixture into the prepared pan and press down. Gently flatten the top. Cool completely.
Place the remaining chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl and melt in a microwave. Stir until smooth.
Spread the melted chocolate over the top of the rice krispy treats. Decorate with candy and sprinkles of your choice.
Let sit until the chocolate is set.
Cut into bars or use cookie cutters and serve.
Keep in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.
Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper leaving a slight overhang for easier removal. Set aside.
Add the nut butter, maple syrup and butter to a large heat-safe bowl or a large pot.
Melt in the microwave (in 20-30 second increments, stirring well in between) or over the stovetop (if using a pot) until melted. Stir until smooth and combined.
Remove from heat (if using a pot) and stir in the vanilla and salt.Add the crispy rice cereal, then stir until the cereal is completely coated and combined. Fold in half of the sprinkles and M&M’s.
Pour into the prepared pan in an even layer, and use a rubber spatula to firmly press the mixture and flatten the top so it is even.
Top with the remaining sprinkles and M&M’s and press them so they stick.
Place the pan in the refrigerator and let it chill for 30 minutes, or until set.Use the parchment paper to remove the treats and cut into Christmas trees or a Candy Cane with festive cookie cutters or use a sharp sharp knife to cut into even bars.