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We recently went to a holiday party where I took a gorgeous cranberry-swirled cheesecake for dessert … for the adults. It was a huge hit, but I knew it probably wasn’t going to be the right sweet treat for all the toddlers and kids who were there.

So I turned to an old favorite for the kids—Rice Krispie treats. But this time, I made them into a festive Christmas tree nobody could resist!


  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 10 oz mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Green food coloring
  • Festive sprinkles


1. Melt marshmallows and butter in microwave, stopping after 1 minute to stir. Heat another 30 seconds or longer (until melted).

2. Stir in a few drops green food coloring to tint marshmallows green.

3. Stir in Rice Krispies until thoroughly coated.

4. Spray jelly-roll pan or cookie sheet with sides with non-stick spray and press Rice Krispie mixture into pan.

5. Cover with sprinkles.

6. With a greased knife, cut out shape of tree and transfer to a lightly-sprayed serving platter.

7. Use smaller Christmas tree cookie cutters to cut trees out of remaining treats.