This Christmas Rice Krispie Treats Recipe is loaded with Christmas sprinkles and M&M’s. It is a quick and easy treat to make for the holiday season.

Close up photo of Christmas rice krispie treats cut into bars.
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We took classic Rice Krispie Treats Recipe and Rice Krispie Treats with Marshmallow Fluff up a level for Christmas. You can easily make these with red and green M&M’s and Christmas sprinkles. The results are fabulous.

This super easy recipe is perfect for the holidays for a cute Christmas dessert. Anyone can make these, and kids of all ages enjoy them.

Why we love this recipe:

  • It’s so delicious. The gooey melted marshmallow mixture is so yummy.
  • No bake treat. You don’t have to heat up the oven.
  • Inexpensive to make. The recipe is very budget friendly.

Ingredients:

Ingredients for Christmas rice krispie treats.
  • Rice Krispie Cereal 
  • Butter 
  • Marshmallows
  • Red and Green M&Ms 
  • Christmas Sprinkles 

Variations:

  • Food Coloring. You can use green food coloring or red food coloring to dye the cereal.
  • Different shapes. Use cookie cutters to make Christmas tree shapes. This would be so fun and festive for holiday treats.
  • Topping. Drizzle white chocolate on top of the finished product for an easy holiday treat.

Get the complete ingredient list and recipe instructions at the bottom of the post.

How to make rice krispie treats for Christmas:

  • Prepare the pan. Spray a 9X13 pan with a non-stick cooking spray and set aside.  
Pan with marshmallows and butter.

Step 1. Combine the butter and marshmallows in a large pot or large saucepan. Melt the butter and marshmallows and stir over low heat. You can also cook in in the microwave using a microwave-safe bowl.

Melted mixture in pan.

Step 2. Once the mixture is melted, remove from the heat.  

Cereal added to the mixture.

Step 3. Gradually stir in the cereal mixture. 

Mixture combined in the pan.

Step 4. Use a large spoon to mix until the cereal is coated in the mini marshmallows and butter mixture. 

Candy folded into the mixture.

Step 5. Fold in the candy and sprinkles. Make sure to save some for the topping.

Mixture pressed into baking dish.

Step 6. Spread into a pan use a spatula to lightly press the mixture evenly. I like to use wax paper to help do this. Top with the remaining sprinkles and M&M’s. Allow to set and then cut into bars.

Christmas rice krispie treats cut into bars.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Don’t cut into bars until they have set for at least an hour.
  • If you prefer thicker bakery style bars, use an 8×8 size pan.
  • Combine the ingredients until just combined. Overmixing will result in the texture being hard.
  • Don’t pack the mixture into the pan. Firmly compacting the ingredients will make the bars lose their softness. This can be avoided by simply not pressing firmly into the pan.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store?

Store any leftover Rice Krispie treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.  

Do not refrigerate the rice krispie treats or they will harden and not be as soft. They also will not be ooey gooey.

Can You Freeze Rice Krispie Treats? I do not recommend freezing this recipe. It will change the texture of the final product and cause it to harden.

How long will these Christmas Treats keep?

They will last up to a week if stored properly.

How to cut Rice Krispie treats neatly?

They are easiest to cut when taken entirely out of the pan. Place the entire sheet of rice krispies on a cutting board.

Then use a really sharp knife to cut them into individual slices. It is also helpful to spray the knife with non stick cooking spray. Make sure to wipe it clean to ensure there isn’t any build up.

Another option is to use a pizza cutter to cut the rice krispie treats. Spray the pizza cutter and cut into bars.

Why are my Rice Krispie Treats falling apart?

The most common cause is using too many marshmallows. This will cause them to be soft and fall apart.

Resist the urge to add extra marshmallows because the results will not be the same. Also, don’t just eye ball the amount and toss some in. It is important to accurately measure the marshmallows prior to adding to the recipe.

Another culprit is too much cereal that causes the mixture to be dry. This will make the recipe crumble and fall apart.

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Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

4.80 from 5 votes
This Christmas Rice Krispie Treats Recipe is loaded with Christmas sprinkles and M&M's. It is a quick and easy treat to make for the holiday season.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Let Sit at Room Temperature 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 232

Ingredients

  • 10 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 6 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 pkgs Marshmallows 10 oz each
  • 2 cups Red and Green M&Ms
  • 2 Tbsp Christmas Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Spray a 9X13 pan with a non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Place the butter and marshmallow in a sauce pan and melt over low heat stirring frequently.
  • Once the ingredients are melted and combined, remove from heat and gradually stir in the Rice Krispie Cereal.  Mix until the cereal is coated in the marshmallow and butter mixture.
  • Then gently fold in the M&Ms and sprinkles (reserve some for topping).
  • Press the mixture into the 9X13 pan.  I spray a piece of parchment paper with non-stick spray and use that parchment paper to press the cereal down into the baking dish.
  • Then top with the reserved M&Ms and sprinkles.  Gently press these down so that they stick into the Rice Krispie treats.
  • Let the Rice Krispie treats sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then they are ready to slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store any leftover Rice Krispie treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 232kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 2g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 115mg, Potassium 17mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 26g, Vitamin A 902IU, Vitamin C 7mg, Calcium 22mg, Iron 4mg

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