Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Tree Rice Crispy Treats

I like treats and I like to do cooking and baking activities with my kids. I grew up making Christmas treats with my mom each year and giving them out to friends. My favorite part was hanging out in the kitchen chatting and being together. I love finding ways to have similar experiences with my own kids.

Today I'm going to share a fun Christmas Tree Rice Crispy treat activity that my kids love!

Toddlers can be tricky to have in the kitchen. I like to let my kids stand on chairs next to me and help drop things into bowls or mix with a wooden spoon. It takes longer, but the point of the activity is to connect and have fun together. If I just did everything... it would be less fun (or memorable... rice crispies everywhere is pretty unforgettable, right?)

Here's what you need to make Christmas tree rice crispy treats: 

  • box of rice crispies
  • stick of butter
  • mini marshmallows
  • green food coloring
  • M&Ms or other colorful candies
  • frosting (I just buy little tubes of it)
  • Christmas tree cookie cutter (optional)

* If you don't love treats, you could try making this healthier brown rice krispy treats version from Momables.

To make:

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large pot and then add in about 4 cups of mini marshmallows. If you like them super gooey... add more.

Mix until everything is melted and then add several drops of green food coloring into the marshmallowy goo. (the only thing I don't let my toddler help with is adding the food coloring)

Lastly, add 5-6 cups of rice crispies and then stir them around.

Put them on a greased cookie sheet and press them out and make them about an inch thick.

Once they've firmed up a bit, use a cookie cutter to make them into trees... or just cut them into triangles. (If you have a cookie cutter help your toddler press them down really hard and then you can pull the treats off). Place cut trees on parchment paper or a non-stick surface so that they don't stick.

Finish them off by decorating each one with frosting and M&Ms... or any other colorful candies you have lying around!

My daughter loved covering each tree with tons of blue frosting and then putting tons of M&Ms on each one. I am so annoyed that I missed taking photos of the rest of them! She had fun sharing these with friends for her birthday!

Here are some other favorite holiday treats we like to make together...

Here are some of my favorite holiday baking items to use with kids... (affiliate links included)

Do you have any favorite holiday treats you make?

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