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Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

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Nothing says it’s the holidays quite like homemade Reindeer Rice Krispie treats. These are simple enough to make with the kids for a fun baking day in the kitchen. They’re a festive Christmas treat and perfect for parties, to give as gifts, and more!

reindeer rice krispies on a table.
Delicious reindeer Rice Krispie treats

Love my reindeer Rice Krispies treats? Try my Reindeer Hot Chocolate Bombs and my Grinch Fudge for more fun Christmas recipes!

Reindeer Rice Krispie treats are a yummy, crunchy, marshmallow-y delight. Your kids can help make these simple shapes and decorate them with a chocolate frosting, red chocolate candies, candy eyes and pretzels. They’re fun served as pops, or as is.

These reindeer treats are an easy holiday dessert that are loved by kids and adults alike!

rudolph rice krispies treats on a table.
Rudolph Rice Krispies treats

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • They are super tasty and a fun twist on the classic treat.
  • A cute, quick and easy way to add a little fun to your Christmas party.
  • Reindeer Rice Krispies are the cutest treat you will see all Christmas season.
  • The perfect holiday treat for little helpers to make and the whole family to enjoy.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Salted Butter – I like salted butter the best.
  • Mini Marshmallows – I like using mini marshmallows because they melt well with the butter. 
  • Vanilla Extract – be sure to use pure vanilla, not imitation.
  • Rice Krispies Cereal – Rice Krispies or store brand work well. 
  • Chocolate Candy Melts – use your favorite candy melts.
  • Candy Eyes – for the reindeer eyes.
  • Mini Pretzel Twists – for the reindeer antlers.
  • Red M&M’s – for the reindeer nose.
  • Craft Sticks to make reindeer pops, optional.

How To Make This Recipe

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Reindeer Rice Krispies treats process

Step 1:

Butter or spray with nonstick cooking spray, a 9×13-inch baking pan. Set aside.

Step 2:

In a large microwave safe bowl, add the butter. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until melted.

Step 3:

Add the marshmallows. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until marshmallows are melted. Add vanilla extract and stir.

Step 4:

Stir in the Rice Krispies until combined with the marshmallow. Press into prepared pan. Allow to sit for about an hour, then cut into 16 squares.

Step 5:

In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate candy according to the package.

Step 6:

Spread the top of each cereal square with a thin coating of the chocolate. While the coating is still wet, place the pretzel twists in place for the antlers, the candy eyes for the eyes and a red M&M for the nose. Allow to cool completely.

Step 7:

Insert the craft stick into the short side of the rectangle, optional.

christmas rice krispies treat on a cutting board.
Christmas Rice Krispies treat

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Butter your spatula or spoon so when you press the rice cereal down it won’t stick. You can also butter your hands or a piece of parchment paper as well.
  • When adding in the cereal, add in a couple of cups in at at time, stirring in between.
  • Be sure to generously butter your pan so that the cereal mixture will pop right out.
  • Lay the chocolate coated treats on parchment paper for easy moving and transporting before the chocolate has hardened.
  • Be sure to use fresh ingredients, it makes a big difference!
  • Swap regular salted pretzels for the chocolate covered ones as the antlers.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Store the treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Freezing: I don’t recommend freezing these treats. Fresh is best.

FAQ

Can I melt the butter and marshmallows on the stovetop instead of the microwave?

Yes! Melt the butter in a large pot, then add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat, then stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.

Can I use melted chocolate chips instead of candy melts?

Absolutely! Use your favorite chocolate.

How do I cut Rice Krispie treats neatly?

Let the treats cool completely in the pan. Use a knife with cooking spray to neatly cut the Rice Krispie treats into uniform rectangles.

How do I make really soft Rice Krispie treats?

To get the softest Rice Krispie treats don’t overcook the marshmallows. Microwave the marshmallows until just melted.

Do I need to put the Rice Krispie Treats in the refrigerator?

Nope! For best taste and texture it is recommended you consume within a few days. 

Yield: 16 Servings

Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

rudolph rice krispies treats on a table.

Nothing says it's the holidays quite like homemade Reindeer Rice Krispie treats. These are simple enough to make with the kids for a fun baking day in the kitchen. They're a festive Christmas treat and perfect for parties, to give as gifts, and more!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 16 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 10 ounces chocolate candy melts
  • 32 mini pretzel twists
  • 32 candy eyes
  • 16 red M&M's
  • 16 craft sticks, optional

Instructions

  1. Butter or spray with nonstick cooking spray, a 9x13-inch baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, add the butter. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until melted.
  3. Add the marshmallows. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until marshmallows are melted. Add vanilla extract and stir.
  4. Stir in the Rice Krispies until combined with the marshmallow. Press into prepared pan. Allow to sit for about an hour, then cut into 16 squares.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate candy according to the package.
  6. Spread the top of each cereal square with a thin coating of the chocolate. While the coating is still wet, place the pretzel twists in place for the antlers, the candy eyes for the eyes and a red M&M for the nose. Allow to cool completely.
  7. Insert the craft stick into the short side of the rectangle, optional.

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