Christmas Rice Krispies treats in the shape of a wreath are the must-make holiday recipe. Kids and adults will think it is almost too pretty to cut into & eat. The unique molded shape in a bundt pan and decorative candies are so festive. This easy Christmas gluten-free recipe is no-bake and done in just 15 minutes.
There really is no better Christmas sweet treat. Add these Rice Krispies treats to your Christmas gift, exchange, potlucks, and dessert list as an annual holiday recipe. This wreath-shaped recipe is so easy to do thanks to a bundt pan for the cutest Xmas Rice Krispies ever.
Another festive wreath-shaped dessert is my Christmas Cream Cheese Chocolate Cookie Bars which are packed with colorful M&M candies. Or try my M&M Rice Krispies Treats in holiday colors.
Ingredients for Christmas Rice Krispies Treats Wreath
This Christmas dessert is an easy no-bake recipe that only needs 6 ingredients. Besides the usual rice crispy treat recipe with Rice Krispies, butter, and mini marshmallows, this Christmas recipe also calls for some decorating ingredients.
- Rice Krispies Cereal
- Mini Marshmallows
- Salted Butter
- Green Food Coloring
- Red Candy Hots
- Cooking Icing
See the recipe card for amounts & full instructions
How to Make Christmas Rice Krispies Treats
This recipe starts with marshmallows that are melted with butter and colored with green food coloring for that classic Christmas color. Then you get to decorate it to look like a holiday wreath almost too cute to eat. We simply did red hot candies to look like holly berries on the Rice Krispie treat. You can also add sprinkles, frosting, and other candy to this edible rice cereal and marshmallow ring.
Begin by making rice cereal treats in the usual manner. If you have never made Rice Krispie treats, get a large pot and add the butter. Melt the butter over medium heat. Once it is melted, add the mini marshmallows.
Melt and Color the Marshmallows
Continue to stir over medium heat until it is melted completely and smooth without any marshmallow pieces still visible. As soon as the marshmallows are smooth, turn the heat to low. While still stirring, add green food coloring. Add as much as you need to create the color you desire. I use gel food coloring and I added 5 big squirts into mine.
Add Rice Cereal to the Green Marshmallow Mixture
Once the marshmallow mixture is green, turn the heat of the stove off. Now slowly add the Rice Krispies to the pot and using the rubber spatula, stir to combine. Make sure all the cereal is coated with the marshmallow.
Molding the Rice Krispies Treats in the Bundt Pan
Once the rice cereal and marshmallows are combined, it is ready to get put into a bundt pan. Spray the bundt pan with cooking spray so it does not stick. Now using the rubber spatula, scoop and spread the green rice crispy mixture into the bundt pan.
Make sure the top is even so it is level when you plate it later. It should look like this. It only takes a few minutes for this to cool off and set. The Rice Krispies treats will be ready to remove from the bundt pan in 5 minutes. While you wait, gather your decorating tools and ingredients. Also, gather your kids if they want to help out.
Unmold from the Bundt Pan
Once the rice crispies are set, you will invert the bundt pan onto a plate. The Christmas Rice Krispies Treats will be round and now look like a green wreath. This is when the fun part begins, decorating it with whatever you want. Decorate it as I suggest below but get creative too.
Decorating The Rice Krispies Wreath
Using the cookie icing, knead it and snip off the end closest to the tip. This will allow you to use the finest amount of icing. This is an easy dessert that travels well too. Simply invert the bundt onto a plate and leave the pan over the Rice Krispies treats.
Pack the decorations along with you. You can decorate once you arrive at the location since it only takes a few minutes to do the frosting and candies. Plus it makes a fun way to get everyone in on making this wreath-shaped dessert recipe.
Add icing to the top of the wreath or directly to the red hot candies. "Glue" the red hots to the top of the Rice Krispies with the icing. I like them in clusters of 3 to resemble holly on the green marshmallow rice crispies.
Variations & Substitutions
For other decorating ideas try something different like these ways to decorate Rice Krispies Treats for Christmas:
- If you have red heart candies, add them to the top for Grinch Rice Krispies Treats.
- Fashion a bow out of a red fruit roll-up.
- Draw different designs with frosting and add sprinkles.
- Dust with powdered sugar for the look of frost or snow on your wreath.
For gluten-free rice crispy treats, be sure to use a brand that is certified gluten-free. Not all brands are, so read the label to ensure your Christmas treat is gluten-free. I am using a store brand to ensure it has no gluten versus Kellogg's which does.
How to Serve & Store Rice Krispies Treats
This wreath-shaped Rice Krispies recipe is tasty and beautiful and should be displayed whole for everyone to see. When it is time to dig in, simply cut them into wedges and place them on a plate. Slice this holiday dessert into big slices so each person gets some red hots on the rice crispy treat. This recipe is meant to feed 7 and cut along the thin ridges between each large section as shown below.
If there are leftovers for this, place them in an air-tight container. You can also cover rice crispy treats in parchment paper and then plastic wrap. They will stay fresh and placed on your kitchen counter in a cool location for up to 3 days. (but there is NO way they last that long - just saying)
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Christmas Rice Krispies Treats Wreath
- 9" Bundt Pan
- cooking spray
- 3 Tablespoons salted butter
- 5 ½ Cups mini marshmallows 10 oz package
- 5 - 6 drops/squirts green gel food coloring
- 5 ½ Cups Rice Krispies rice cereal
- cookie icing, red hot candies, other candies and sprinkles to decorate
- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Once it is melted, add the mini marshmallows. Continue to stir over medium heat until it is melted completely and smooth without any marshmallow pieces still visible. As soon as the marshmallows are smooth, turn the heat to low.
- While still stirring, add green food coloring. Add as much as you need to create the color you desire. I recommend about 5 squirts.
- Once the marshmallow mixture is green, turn the heat of the stove off. Now slowly add the Rice Krispies to the pot and using the rubber spatula, stir to combine. Make sure all the cereal is coated with the marshmallow. Once the rice cereal and marshmallows are combined, it is ready to get put into a bundt pan.
- Spray the bundt pan with cooking spray so it does not stick. Now using the rubber spatula, scoop and spread the green rice crispy mixture into the bundt pan. Make sure the top is even so it is level when you plate it later.
- Let it completely cool and set for about 5 minutes.
- Once the rice crispies are set, you will invert the bundt pan onto a plate.
- Using the cookie icing, knead it and snip off the end closest to the tip. This will allow you to use the finest amount of icing. Add icing to the top of the wreath or directly to the red hot candies. “Glue” the red hots to the top of the Rice Krispies with the icing. I like them in clusters of 3 to resemble holly on the green marshmallow rice crispies.
- To serve, cut into wedges and place them on a plate.
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4.9g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 3.1g||16%|
|Total Carbohydrate 42.4g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 15.7g|
|Vitamin D 4mcg||20%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
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Yummy and fun. No red hots but we did frosting and sprinkles. It was messy but tasty.
Messy food is usually tasty food. I love that you made it your own and decorated it your way.
Jennifer Hammon says
Except Rice Krispies have gluten…
Thank you for your comment. You are correct the Kellogg's RIce Krispies brand does have malt barley which contains gluten. There are other rice cereal brands that are gluten-free that can be used if a gluten-free recipe is needed.