Transform classic Rice Krispie Treats into Grinch Rice Krispie Treats. It’s an easy recipe complete with Grinch’s small heart.

Grinch Rice Krispie Treats cut into squares and stacked
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We love making desserts for the holidays and Rice Krispie Treats are always at the top of the list. We thought we would jazz up this classic treat and make Grinch Rice Krispie Treats.

Adding the green food coloring and the special heart candies make these Grinch Treats so festive. We love to get into the holiday spirit while decorating the tree and watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

This recipe for cereal treats is perfect for Grinch Movie Night. If you love Grinch desserts, you might also want to try our Grinch Truffles.

Why we love this recipe:

  • Easy to make. With simple ingredients, anyone can make this holiday treat even the kids.
  • Perfect for your dessert trays. It’s a cute and delicious treat that is sure to please a crowd.
  • Sweet and Delicious. It has lots of marshmallow flavor!

Ingredients: 

Ingredients needed - rice krispie cereal, butter, marshmallows, green food coloring, red heart sprinkles
  • Rice Krispie Cereal
  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Green Gel Food Coloring 
  • Red Heart Sprinkles 

Find the complete ingredient list and instructions at the bottom of the post.

Variations

  • Green Candy Melts. Melt vibrant green candy melts. You can either dip the treats in the green chocolate or drizzle back and forth with a piping bag.
  • Red Candy. If you can’t find red heart sprinkles, you can use red hot candy, red M&M’s or just plain red sprinkles.
  • Vanilla Extract. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the marshmallow mixture.
  • Mini Marshmallows – We used mini marshmallows but you can use the larger size of marshmallows.

How to Make Grinch Rice Krispie Treats: 

  • Step 1 – Spray a 9X13 pan or baking sheet with a non-stick cooking spray. Set aside the prepared pan.
Sauce pan with melted marshmallows.

Step 2. Place the butter and marshmallow in a large saucepan and melt butter over medium heat to medium-low heat stirring frequently.  You do not need to use a double boiler.

Saucepan with green food coloring added to the mixture and combined.

Step 3. Once the ingredients are melted and combined, remove from heat. Add in the green gel food coloring until the mixture is a vibrant green coloring. 

Cereal added to mixture.

Step 4. Gradually stir in the Rice Krispie Cereal.  Mix until the cereal is coated in the marshmallow and butter mixture.

Mixture pressed into the pan.

Step 5. Press the mixture into the 9X13 inch baking pan into an even layer. 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.

Heart sprinkles added to the top.

Step 6. Top the Rice Krispie treats with the red heart shaped sprinkles. Make sure to add them throughout the pan so that each treat will have a red heart sprinkle on it. 

Treats cut into bars and ready to serve.

Step 7. Let the Rice Krispie treats sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then they are ready to slice.

Pro Tips

  • Storing – I do not recommend cooling or storing the Rice Krispie treats in the refrigerator as it will cause them to dry out.
  • Food Coloring – Adjust the green food coloring to the mixture for your desired shade of green.
  • Wax Paper – You can also use wax paper to press the mixture in the pan.
  • Melt the marshmallows in the microwave. Instead of the stove top, you can use a microwave-safe bowl.
Grinch Rice Krispie Treats cut into squares and stacked

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store?

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

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.

More Grinch Desserts:

Try this easy recipe for Grinch Rice Krispie Treats. Once you do, come back and leave a comment!

Grinch Rice Krispie Treats

5 from 6 votes
Change your classic holiday treat and make Grinch Rice Krispie Treats. Easy recipe and always a fun holiday treat to make.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 154

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 pkg Marshmallows 10 oz
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Red Heart Sprinkles
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Instructions

  • Spray a 9X13 pan with a non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Place the butter and marshmallow in a large saucepan and melt butter over low heat stirring frequently.
  • Once the ingredients are melted and combined, remove from heat. Add in the green gel food coloring until the mixture is a vibrant green coloring.
  • Gradually stir in the Rice Krispie Cereal.  Mix until the cereal is coated in the marshmallow and butter mixture.
  • Press the mixture into the 9X13 pan or baking sheet.  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.
  • Top the Rice Krispie treats with the red heart sprinkles. Make sure to add them throughout the pan so that each treat will have a red heart sprinkle on it.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 154kcal, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 1g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 8mg, Sodium 115mg, Potassium 20mg, Fiber 0.1g, Sugar 15g, Vitamin A 1019IU, Vitamin C 9mg, Calcium 2mg, Iron 4mg

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