These Christmas tree rice crispy treats are a traditional treat with crunchy chewy texture but with a special touch of the season- buttercream Christmas trees. They are a breeze to make.
The recipe I use really is easy. You can find it on the back of a rice cereal box or bag of marshmallows. I don’t even turn on my stove. Sometimes I might use a fun marshmallow flavor or add coloring. Don’t want to cook at all? There are premade sheets available this time of year and there is always the individually wrapped ones too.
To make the Christmas tree rice crispy treats, I melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Then stir in the vanilla and cereal. I scooped it into a cupcake tin that I generously greased with nonstick cooking spray. Using a bit of wax paper over the top and then pressed it down firmly then set aside to cool.
It could still be poured into a greased 13×9 pan and then cut it into squares or with cookie cutters if you don’t want to mess with a cupcake pan. I like to do it like this because it ensures they are all a similar shape and size.
While the treats cooled and hardened, I whipped up a half batch of my vanilla buttercream and tinted it green. I didn’t completely stir the coloring in so that there would be gradations of color. Then I put the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
To make the little trees, I held the piping bag at a 90-degree angle above the treat, then squeezed the piping bag starting with medium pressure and slowly pulled away while decreasing pressure. To give it that cute little swirl through the tree I slightly moved the bag back and forth while pulling away. I practiced a few times on a sheet of wax paper before piping on the treats so that I could get the movement down. To add to the Christmas tree effect, I topped it with a small candy star and some Christmas sprinkles.
These Christmas tree rice crispy treats are a great treat to make with kids too. They can help with all the measuring and stirring. Even when decorating, the kids can add sprinkles or even pipe a few trees. They don’t have to be perfect. Just have fun together. What are you waiting for? Get your Christmas tree rice crispy treat on!