As I write this, a Google search for “Rice Krispy Trees” returns 519,000 results. Yet here I am with another version.
Why? Well, while most of the rice Krispy trees that come back on Google are cute (very cute), they almost all look way too time consuming.
Look, I’ve got three kids ages 7 and under. I don’t have time to mold and decorate individual three-dimensional trees. And you can forget about using cookie cutters. If you’ve ever taken a cookie-cutter to rice Krispy treats, you know how painful and useless that is.
What I wanted was a version of this treat that creates a pan full of kid-friendly, festive and colorful Krispy Christmas trees that come together in 30 minutes or less of active prep time.
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It all starts with making 2 batches of the classic Rice Krispy microwave recipe. The first batch, made with Fruity Pebbles cereal, is plopped in mounds on a parchment lined baking sheet.
While this is happening, the second batch, made with rice Krispies, is in the microwave. Add several drops of green food coloring to the marshmallow mixture before adding the cereal, and fill in the gaps between the mounds of fruity pebbles.
Add another layer of parchment. Flatten with a rolling pin. Cut into triangles. Glaze with chocolate. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
The bright fruity pebbles against the green rice Krispies instantly look like ornaments and decorations against the green rice Krispies. Just add a drizzle of glaze for the garland and you’ve got colorful Krispy Christmas trees ready for a small crowd.
The flavor in these treats is fantastic, too. This was our first time using fruity pebbles in our treats, and we’re hooked. The Krispy Christmas trees were such a hit it was hard to keep a few safe for these photographs!
Let’s face it, without any molding or cookie cutters, these are so easy to make that I wouldn’t have had any problem making another batch to photograph.
Colorful Krispy Christmas Trees
- 6 Tbsp butter, divided into 2 sets of 3 Tbsp
- 8 cups miniature marshmallows, divided into 2 sets of 4 cups
- 6 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- green food coloring
- 1/2 to 3/4 C white chocolate chips
- Line a large jellyroll pan with parchment paper. Prepare another large sheet of parchment and set aside.
- Prepare two large, microwave-safe bowls with 3 Tbsp butter and 4 cups marshmallows each.
- Microwave one batch of butter and marshmallows on high for 1.5 minutes. Stir. Microwave an additional 1.5 minutes. Stir until smooth.
- Add fruity pebbles to the first batch of marshmallows and start microwaving the second batch of marshmallows according to the directions in step 3.
- Stir the fruity pebbles into the melted marshmallows and place in mounds on the prepared jellyroll pan.
- When the second batch is finished microwaving, add several drops of green food coloring to the marshmallow mixture. Mix until smooth and even in color. Add additional food coloring as necessary.
- Mix the rice Krispy cereal into the green marshmallow mixture until evenly coated.
- While still warm, quickly drop onto prepared pan in between the mounds of fruity pebble cereal. Try to fill in the gaps as much as possible.
- Place the second piece of parchment on top of the cereal mixtures and roll flat and even with a rolling pin. Try not to compress the cereal too much, or the treats will become too hard.
- Allow to cool in the refrigerator or freezer for 10 minutes or just until solid.
- Turn mixture out onto a cutting board and cut in half lengthwise. Continue cutting into triangles to create the tree shape.
- Melt white chocolate chips in microwave on low for 10 to 20-second intervals until smooth when stirred with a fork. Drizzle chocolate over treats with a back-and-forth motion. Allow to set before serving.
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