Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats are cute, festive, and easy to make. These Christmas Rice Krispie Treats make a fun holiday project for the kids and a yummy treat to share with neighbors and friends!
Raise your hand if you love Christmas Rice Krispie Treats...or heck, any Rice Krispie Treats! My hand is raised high, y'all. There's just something so yummy about these chewy, gooey, marshmallow bars. Or in today's case, wedges. Because I actually spread the classic cereal mixture into a cake pan, sliced it like a pizza, decorated each piece, and ended up with -- ta-daaaaaa! -- scrumptious, adorable Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats!
Seriously. HOW. CUTE. ARE. THESE?!?!?! And so simple to make. You won't even believe it!
How to Make Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats
As previously mentioned, I started out by making regular ol' Rice Krispie Treats in a round cake pan. Once the mixture was cool, I turned it out of the pan and used a big knife to slice it into eight equal wedges.
Now hold it right there! you may be saying. Aren't there eight reindeer PLUS Rudolph?!
Why, yes. Yes, there are. However, unless you possess the spatial reasoning to evenly divide a circle into nine wedges, I invite you to instead cut your circle of cereal deliciousness into eight pieces. Decorate one reindeer as Rudolph, and give him only seven sidekicks. Nobody ever cared much for Blitzen anyway.
Alternatively, you could decorate ALL of your reindeer as Rudolph! Because, really, who wouldn't pick the reindeer with the red nose?
I'll tell you who would...my kids. My kids all fought over our lone Rudolph. So I hacked him into thirds, rustled up two extra red peanut M&Ms, and called it a day. Next time, someone might be wise enough to realize that if one is willing to settle for, sayyyyy, Prancer, one is likely to get a whole Rice Krispie Treat Reindeer to oneself!?
Adding the Features
Back to decorating these Christmas Rice Krispie Treats, though...it was as easy as it looks.
I melted about an ounce of white chocolate (you can use a baker's square or candy coating or candy melts) and used the end of a small spoon to paint some on the back of the candy eyes and M&M nose and chocolate pretzel antlers. Then it was simply a matter of press and stick!
Adding the Sprinkles!
After turning my triangular cereal treats into reindeer heads, I decided something was still missing. So I went for a splash of extra color and pulled out allllll of my Christmas sprinkles! I spread some freshly melted white chocolate onto each reindeer's "forehead" and then scattered and pressed sprinkles into the chocolate. And that was all it took for these yummy, charming Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats!
Wouldn't these be such a fun addition to a Christmas cookie platter? Or gracing the dessert table at a holiday party? Or wrapped up as a gift for friends, neighbors, teachers, or anyone to whom you'd like to spread a little seasonal cheer? Or, heck, even left out for Santa on Christmas Eve?
Okay, scratch that last one...Rudolph may find eating an effigy of himself to be rather sadistic. But everyone else? Everyone else is guaranteed to LOVE THEM.
Helpful Tips, Tricks, & Equipment
- Be sure to generously butter your pan so that the cereal mixture will pop right out when you flip the pan. I ran a thin knife around the edge of the pan before overturning to give it a little extra help.
- You probably already know this trick, but my secret for pressing Rice Krispie Treats into a pan without the mixture sticking to everything is to use slightly wet hands. If your hands and fingers are wet, the gooey marshmallow won't stick...it really works!
- I used regular brown M&Ms for all of the reindeer noses except Rudolph's...for his I used a large red peanut M&M. If you don't have M&Ms, you can use other brown or red candies for the noses.
- Feel free to swap regular salted pretzels for the chocolate covered ones as the antlers.
More Cute Christmas Recipes
- Christmas Ornament Cheese Balls
- Holiday Cheese Wreath
- Christmas Shortbread Cookies
- Christmas Brie Appetizer
Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats
- 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
- 10 ounces mini marshmallows
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- 2 ounces white chocolate baking chocolate, candy coating, or melts, DIVIDED
- 16 candy eyes
- 16 chocolate covered pretzels
- 7 brown M&Ms
- 1 red M&M
- Christmas sprinkles
- Generously grease an 8-inch cake pan; set aside.
- In a large pot set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows, stir to coat with the butter, and allow to completely melt, stirring frequently. Remove the pot from the heat and gently mix in the cereal until fully combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Allow to cool completely. Run a thin knife or spatula around the edge of the pan, lay a platter or cutting board on top, and invert. Carefully lift off the pan.
- Melt half of the white chocolate according to package directions. Spread a small amount of melted white chocolate on the back of the candy eyes and stick them to the top of one of the triangular Rice Krispie Treats. Do the same with the M&M nose and the pretzel antlers. Repeat for each reindeer.
- Melt the rest of the white chocolate. Finish each reindeer by spreading some melted white chocolate between the antlers, covering with sprinkles, and gently pressing them to adhere. Allow the white chocolate to harden before serving the treats or storing them in an airtight container.
Glutino makes a great Gluten Free chocolate covered pretzel..
Love this idea ! My grandchildren will Enjoy doing this little project !
Thank you 😊
Just make sure you have buttery hands that is the best way to make sure they don't stick to your hands. Having your hands just wet just makes soggy
To press out those rice crispy treats, I just use hands slathered in butter. 😊
I just used parchment paper to push it into place. It worked great!
Hey what did you use for what looks like a ribbon that divides the slices? Thank you!!
No ribbon or anything in the photos...I just separated the slices a bit so that you can see where they're cut. Are you perhaps talking about the shadow?
I love this idea! I'm letting mine cool now. My 5 year old loves decorating cookies, but I don't really love sugar cookies. This will be a fun food craft for her that we will all enjoy eating. Thanks for sharing.
What else could I use to stick the eyes, etc, on? The only ingredient we don't have is the white baking chocolate...
I bet you could use white frosting...either canned or make a quarter or half batch of cream cheese frosting. Or you could even use regular melted chocolate (like chocolate chips). If you're careful to just use a tiny dab behind the eyes and cover between the antlers with lots of sprinkles, you shouldn't see the dark brown too much. 😉
Icing or creamcheese
Can you freeze these?
Hi Lori! Rice Krispie treats can be frozen in an airtight container for up to six weeks. I would usually wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then put them in a freezer-thickness plastic bag, squeezing out all of the air. My only hesitation with these is that the decorations might pop off during wrapping. So if you're not going to freeze them for very long, I'd probably just put them in an airtight container with wax paper in between the layers. As long as you're careful and let them come to room temperature before handling, I bet they'd be okay! 🙂
An even better trick for not sticking is either spray your hands with cooking spray (no water to interfere with rice krispies) or well the little deli gloves and spray them.
Where does a person get the candy eyes? Any suggestions on what could be used?
Hi Jean! I can usually find the candy eyes at my regular grocery store in the baking aisle (by the sprinkles, etc.). But if not there, a craft store should have them in their baking aisle. Or you can order online. Or you can even make your own eyes...a mini marshmallow cut in half with the point of a chocolate chip pressed into it is cute, or even just a plain chocolate chip (flat side up) would work. Hope that helps! 🙂
I found mine at a dollar store. Bulk barn had them as well.
I love Rice Krispie Treats! Thanks for the adorable raindear and the great sense of humor!
I got my “eyes” from Amazon!
Did you use a 9inch round pan?
Samantha at Five Heart Home
I used an 8-inch pan. A 9-inch would work, too...you'll just end up with slightly larger, thinner reindeer. 🙂