December 19, 2011

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treat Pops

If your kiddos are out of school in this week leading up to Christmas (or if you’re needing an easy treat to send with them for school Christmas parties), and you’re looking for a way to keep them occupied, this idea is perfect for you! These Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treat Pops are deceptively easy to put together, and they are a great edible project to commission the assistance of little helpers.

Before I begin, I have to thank all of my Facebook readers who inspired me to make these little guys!

For this recipe, you will need…
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 cups miniature marshmallows
Green gel food coloring
6 cups Rice Krispies
Christmas tree cookie cutter
Lollipop sticks
Almond bark or white chocolate chips
Christmas M&M’s

Place the butter and marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 1-minute intervals, stirring after each interval, until marshmallows and butter are completely melted, about 3 minutes total. Stir a small amount of food coloring into the mixture. 

Measure the cereal into a very large mixing bowl. Working quickly before it starts to set up, stir the marshmallow mixture into your cereal. 

Spread the mixture into sprayed pans so that each pan has a layer about 3/4″ thick. Allow to cool completely. (To speed up cooling time, place the pans in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.)

When the mixture has cooled, used a Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut tree shapes.

Melt 3 squares of almond bark (or 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips) in the microwave at 70% power, stirring often, making sure not to scald the mixture. To assemble your pops, dip the ends of your lollipop sticks into the melted almond bark, and then carefully guide one through the end of each of your tree shapes.

Now, place the unused portion of your melted almond bark into a piping bag (or a zip-top bag with a corner trimmed off). To decorate your trees with M&M’s, use dabs of almond bark as the “glue” to adhere them to your trees. Finish each treat with a drizzle of almond bark, if desired. Yum!

I hope your week is off to a great start! My kiddos are all home with me for the next two weeks, and I couldn’t possibly be more tickled about it!


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29 Responses to Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treat Pops

  1. Amanda @ Serenity Now December 20, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Those are so cute, Amy!! I want to try this–definitely looks doable. 🙂 My kindergartner and preschooler aren’t out until Wednesday, and I think they go back on the 3rd! Not a long break, but I am wondering if they will just be at each other by then. ?? We’ll see.

  2. Sue December 20, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Just darling!

  3. Thabata December 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    What is a great idea, I was really looking for some treat to give my coworkers. I loved it!

  4. Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft December 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    These are so adorable! I pinned this. 🙂

  5. Carolyn and Lilly November 12, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Can you freeze these?

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 12, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      I have never frozen these before, but to freeze, I would place the undecorated pops in plastic containers, stacking them in layers with wax paper between each layer. I would allow them to come to room temp before decorating. Thanks for stopping in!

  6. Ann November 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    I was wondering how many does this make.?

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 25, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      It would definitely depend on the size of the cookie cutter you use, but I would say one batch probably amounted to about 2.5 dozen for me. Thanks for stopping in!

      • Samantha Wilkinscomon December 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

        What size pan do you use?

        • Samantha Wilkinson December 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

          Name is actually Samantha Wilkinson.

        • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 18, 2012 at 11:19 am #

          Hi, Samantha! I use a 9×13 pan. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Lolly Jane December 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Super cute, Amy! Featuring these later today 🙂

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      Awww, thanks, ladies! 🙂

  8. Mandy January 15, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Thank you for the idea! I am going to do these for valentines day. Use red or pink for colr and a heart Cooke cutter! Ty!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

      So glad you like this idea, Mandy! I have thought about making these for my kids’ classes this Valentine’s Day, too. 🙂

  9. Diane December 2, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    I made these little trees (no sticks) and they were soo cute! They were a bit more work using a knife but I didn’t have a cookie cutter. I replaced a little of the butter with peanut butter and decorated them with the multi-colored Holiday M&Ms. The liquid food color works well also. Almost were too cute to eat….almost! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Andrea December 9, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    What size cookie cutter did you use? Where did you get it?

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 12, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Hi, Andrea! The cookie cutter is approximately 2.5 inches long, and it came with a set of Wilton Christmas cutters I purchased eons ago. I can’t remember exactly where I found mine, but I am sure that you could find something similar at any place that carries Wilton products.

  11. Beverley Hawes December 15, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    I love this idea and am going to change the almond bark to white frosting – margarine and powdered sugar with apple juice perhaps – have a grandson allergic to nuts, milk, so can’t use chocolate [even the darkest now has milk in it] or almond bark.

  12. Beverley Hawes December 15, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Oh, and no m& m s but will find red sprinks or something non-chocolate for décor! cuz of allergy registered & protected

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