Rice Krispies Treats Christmas Tree Pops

The holidays are a time for fun and whimsy, and nothing is more whimsical that decorating cut out sugar or gingerbread cookies.  Unfortunately, this mom doesn’t have the patience for cut out dough.  Christmas is all about having fun, not stressing over perfectly shaped cookies.  So this year I decided to buck tradition and cut out Rice Krispies Treats Christmas Tree Pops instead of sugar cookies.

This recipe for Rice Krispies treats will yield 6 trees (using a Wilton tree cookie cutter) from a 9 x 13 pan. You can adjust the size depending how large or small your tree cookie cutter is.  Don’t have a cookie cutter shaped like a tree?  No worries!  Wing it and free from cut the trees with a serrated knife.  I told you, this Christmas thing is NOT about being Martha Stewart.

Rice Krispies Treats Christmas Tree Pops
¼ cup butter or margarine (I use butter)
1 ten oz bag regular-sized marshmallows
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (this is optional but it makes them taste SO much better!)
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
Stir in the vanilla.
Gradually add the Rice Krispies cereal, stirring until well coated.
Press into a buttered 9 x 13 pan ( I recommend using a buttered spatula)
Cool for at least one hour.
Using a cookie cutter, cut the Rice Krispies into tree shapes. Set aside.

Additional ingredient options for decorating
¾ cup green candy melts (or you can use vanilla candy melts with green food coloring)
White Icing (I used Wilton in a tube)
Mike and Ikes candy pieces ( I used white and red colors)
Nerds candies
Large Gum Balls
Red Hots
Lollipop sticks

To decorate and make Christmas Tree treat pops:
- 6 Rice Krispies treats shaped like trees (already made)
- Microwave the green candy melts in 15 second increments until smooth and creamy.
- Dip the Rice Krispies trees into the melted green mixture, evenly covering the entire front side of each tree.
- Lay the candy-dipped trees on a wire rack to cool and set for at least 5 minutes. (I placed mine in the fridge to hurry the process along).
- Squeeze or drizzle white icing in a zig zag motion to resemble garland on each tree.
- Use the remainder of the melted candy (or the white icing from a tube) to attach all of the candy pieces to the trees. I used white Mike and Ikes alternating with red hots on one tree and Nerds candies as garland on another. The third tree has red Mike and Ikes as garland. If you are using the leftover melted green candies to ‘glue’ the candies, you will need to work fairly quickly as they will harden after about 15 minutes.
- Affix a large gumball onto the top of each tree. Let set for 5 minutes.
- Insert a lollipop stick and ENJOY!

This fun activity is perfect for getting the kids involved in the kitchen with you.  Make it a family affair, play some Christmas tunes and just let loose with the candy craziness.  No kids…no worries.  Everyone loves Rice Krispies treats!  Make some and share with your friends or neighbors, or make these pops for yourself and don’t share.  This is a judgement free treat eating zone!  And if you are still hungry for more treats to make check out this Cranberry Macadamia White Chocolate Popcorn or these Peanut Butter Creme Sandwich Cookies. You won’t be disappointed.

What’s your favorite sweet treat recipe to make in the kitchen at the holidays?   

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