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Rice Krispies Christmas Wreaths

Rice Krispies Christmas Wreaths are a delicious holiday tradition. This recipe is easy to make and they turn out so festive and impressive!

A FUN AND EASY HOLIDAY TREAT

This recipe for marshmallow Rice Krispies Wreaths is a holiday classic for many of us. It’s festive and sweet and easy to make. Folks just can’t help but love them because they are just so pretty and no one can resist a Rice Krispies treat!

Rice Krispies Wreaths on a white cake pedestal.

CAN I MAKE THESE WREATHS WITH CORNFLAKES?

  • Yes, you can use this same recipe but substitute with cornflake cereal instead of Rice Krispies cereal. That is the more traditional way of making these. We just enjoy the Rice Krispies texture a bit better.
  • For this recipe, I like to use the gel food coloring because it is so vibrant. You get a really rich color with gel food coloring as opposed to the liquid food coloring. I try to get a really deep green color but you can use liquid food coloring if that is all you can find. Just note that it may not turn out as deep a green as you see in my photos.
  • To store your Rice Krispies Christmas wreaths, stack them in an airtight container. Place a sheet of wax paper in between each layer to keep them from sticking, then seal the top. These treats can be stored (in an airtight container) at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze the treats for up to 6 weeks.
Rice Krispies Christmas Wreath recipe from The Country Cook, closeup of green Rice Krispies treats wreath that has red hot candies placed on top.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • mini marshmallows
  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • green gel food coloring
  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • red hots cinnamon candies
  • sprinkles
mini marshmallows, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, salt, green gel food coloring, Rice Krispies cereal, red hots cinnamon candies, sprinkles.

HOW TO MAKE RICE KRISPIES WREATHS:

Place the marshmallows and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl.

mini marshmallows and butter in the bottom of a large yellow bowl.

Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir to combine. Continue until everything is melted and smooth, this should only take 2-3 intervals. 

melted butter and marshmallows in a large yellow bowl with a wooden spoon inside.

Add the vanilla and salt, mix to combine. Add the food coloring a little at a time until you get the desired color you want.

adding green food gel coring to melted marshmallows in a large yellow bowl and stirring with a wooden spoon.

Mix in the Rice Krispies cereal. 

Rice Krispies cereal poured into yellow bowl with green colored melted marshmallows.

Stir until combined really well.

green rice krispies cereal in a large yellow bowl and a wooden spoon.

Line a sheet tray with parchment paper. Add ¼ cup scoops of the mix onto the sheet tray, I like to use a large cookie scoop for this and I spray the scoop with neutral flavored cooking spray to make sure the mixture doesn’t stick. 

green balls of Rice Krispies cereal on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Spray your hands with cooking spray, you can also use butter. Compact the scoop between your hands, place it back on the sheet tray, and with your index finger, make a hole through the center. Form them into circles, repeat with all the scoops.

a hand making a whole inside the green krispy treat ball to make an open center.

Decorate with the cinnamon candies and sprinkles, gently pressing them in to stick.

finished krispy wreaths on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

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Rice Krispies Christmas Wreaths recipe

RICE KRISPIES CHRISTMAS WREATHS

Rice Krispies Christmas Wreaths are a delicious holiday tradition. This recipe is easy to make and they turn out so festive and impressive!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 5 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • green gel food coloring (I used Kelly Green)
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • red hots cinnamon candies
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  • Place the marshmallows and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir to combine. Continue until everything is melted and smooth, this should only take 2-3 intervals. 
  • Add the vanilla and salt, mix to combine. Add the food coloring a little at a time until you get the desired color you want.Mix in the Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until combined really well.
  • Line a sheet tray with parchment paper. Add ¼ cup scoops of the mix onto the sheet tray, I like to use a large cookie scoop for this and I spray the scoop with neutral flavored cooking spray to make sure the mixture doesn’t stick. 
  • Spray your hands with cooking spray, you can also use butter. Compact the scoop between your hands, place it back on the sheet tray, and with your index finger, make a hole through the center. Form them into circles, repeat with all the scoops.
  • Decorate with the cinnamon candies and sprinkles, gently pressing them in to stick. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • You can use this same recipe but substitute with cornflake cereal instead of Rice Krispies cereal. 
  • For this recipe, I like to use the gel food coloring because it is so vibrant. You get a really rich color with gel food coloring as opposed to the liquid food coloring. I try to get a really deep green color but you can use liquid food coloring if that is all you can find. Just note that it may not turn out as deep a green as you see in my photos.
  • To store your Rice Krispies Christmas wreaths, stack them in an airtight container. Place a sheet of wax paper in between each layer to keep them from sticking, then seal the top. These treats can be stored (in an airtight container) at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze the treats for up to 6 weeks.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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    1. 5 stars
      I agree – I think we prefer them this way now. My family are used to the cornflake version and they all agreed these were much easier and tastier to eat.