festive reindeer rice krispie treats

You know Dasher and Dancer, and the rest of them, but do you recall the most delicious reindeer of all?

Yesterday the kids and I made these cocoa krispie reindeer treats. I melted the butter and marshmallows together, and the kids helped me add the cocoa krispies to the pot and topped them with sprinkles after I laid them flat in a pan. I used this stainless steel reindeer cookie cutter from Target to make the reindeer shapes. The sprinkles we used are from Michaels and can be found here.

I’m all about decorating sugar or gingerbread cookies with crisp-colored icing and fancy sprinkles, but sometimes with kids, it’s just as fun to make a simpler dessert with all the sprinkles. Rice krispie treats are always a hit in our family and we love dressing them up for different occasions and holidays.

Putting this recipe together and seeing the kids enjoy them just made me so excited for all the Christmas baking to come!! I can’t wait to make cookies with both of them this year. I may or may not have bought us some matching Christmas aprons from Target…

If you end up making this recipe, don’t forget to tag #marinamakeseats!

Festive Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

Makes 10-12 reindeer

Ingredients
– Cooking spray
– 6 tablespoons of butter
– 16 oz of mini marshmallows
– 6 cups of cocoa rice krispies
– Christmas sprinkles
– 10-12 mini red M&M candies
– 10-12 mini pretzel twists
– Parchment paper

Directions

Grease a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. When butter is melted and starts to sizzle, add 2/3 of the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from the heat.

Add rice krispies and remaining marshmallows to combine really well.

Place marshmallow mixture into the greased baking dish, pressing down to ensure all of the cereal sticks together. Add Christmas sprinkles immediately and gently press them down with a spatula to ensure they stick. Let the rice krispie mixture sit and cool for 30 minutes to an hour.

Place a sheet of parchment paper down on a hard and clean surface. Using a reindeer cookie cutter, cut reindeer shapes out of the rice krispie treats. Using your finger, gently push the rice krispie treat out of the cookie cutter. Place a red M&M on the reindeer’s head to make a nose and stick a broken pretzel at the top to make an antler. If you have trouble with the M&M sticking, remove a little bit of cereal from the nose area to expose some of the sticky marshmallow and that should help it stick. Towards the end, I smushed some of the leftover rice krispies together to make a couple more reindeer.

Let the reindeers harden for an additional 30 minutes before serving.

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