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Grinch Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

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Grinch Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect holiday treat recipe for kids and adults! They are so simple to make with crispy rice cereal, butter, marshmallows, vanilla and a few drops of food coloring. Sprinkle green sanding sugar over the top and finish them off with a jumbo red heart.

A pile of Grinch green rice krispie treats topped with green sugar and jumbo red hearts on a plate.

I think even Mr. Grinch himself would be happy to get his hands on a few of these festive treats!

What you will need:

Large marshmallows, butter, vanilla, crispy rice cereal, coloring, sanding sugar, and red hearts in bowls on a green background.
  • Crispy Rice Cereal – you want a brand new box of cereal for the best flavor. Do not just grab a box out of the pantry that is left over from last year.
  • Marshmallows – again, you want fresh!! These are the two main ingredients, they need to be the stars. Miniature marshmallows work the best, but you can also use large or even marshmallow cream.
  • Salted Butter – for added depth of flavor, salted butter works best in this recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract – you want a good-quality vanilla, either Watkins clear or pure extract. This gives your treats more of a homemade flavor.
  • Gel Coloring – I used electric green, but a darker green would work as well.
  • Light green sanding sugar gives these treats a sparkle, and the jumbo red hearts are a must for any Grinch-themed treat!
Looking down on a pile of Grinch green rice krispie treats topped with green sugar and jumbo red hearts on a plate.

How to make Rice crispy Treats with marshmallows:

Spray a 9 x 13 x 2 baking pan with cooking spray, or brush with butter. Set aside.

Melt butter over LOW heat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven.

Melted butter in a large pot.

Add the marshmallows, toss to coat, and continue stirring until completely melted.

Large marshmallows tossed with melted butter in a large pot.

Add 4 to 5 drops green coloring and the vanilla extract, stir to completely combine.

Green colored melted marshmallows in a large pot with a silicone spatula on the side.

Next, add the crispy rice cereal and stir until well coated.

Crispy rice cereal added to the green marshmallow mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and gently to spread out evenly.

Tip – rub butter in between your hands so they don’t stick to the marshmallow treats.

Green Rice Krispie Treats in a 9 by 13 baking pan.

Sprinkle with colored sanding sugar and allow to cool completely for an hour.

Cut into 2-inch squares and add a jumbo red heart before serving.

Grinch Rice Krispie Treats sprinkled with green sugar and cut into 24 squares.

I used Cake Drip, but a tube of icing works as well.

Ten sugar topped rice krispie treats on a green board surrounded by green sugar and red hearts.

These holiday rice krispie treats are best served the day they are made, but they will last in an air-tight container for 2 to 3 days.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • For best results, melt the butter and marshmallows on low heat!
  • Use the freshest ingredients possible.
  • A 7-ounce jar of marshmallow creme can be substituted for the regular marshmallows.
  • Do not use margarine or diet/reduced calorie butter. They contain water which will make your treats soggy, and they will not have the same homemade flavor.

Recipe Modifications

  • To make shapes: spread mixture out on a prepared baking sheet to about 1-inch thick. Allow to cool, then use cookie cutter to cut out hearts, trees, shamrocks, circles, etc.
  • Substitute pink or red for Valentine’s Day, remove the heart for St. Patrick’s Day. You can use any color of gel coloring and sugar based on your party theme.

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A pile of green rice krispie treats with red hearts piled on a plate .

Grinch Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Grinch Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect holiday treat recipe! They are simple to make with rice cereal, butter, marshmallows, and vanilla.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rice cereal and marshmallow treats
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 Servings
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • 9 x 13 pan

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows or 16 ounces regular marshmallows
  • 5 drops green gel coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal

Instructions

  • Spray a 9 x 13 x 2 baking pan with cooking spray, or brush with butter. Set aside.
  • Melt butter over LOW heat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven.
  • Add the marshmallows, toss to coat, and continue stirring until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add 4 to 5 drops green coloring and the vanilla extract, stir to completely combine. Add the crispy rice cereal and stir until well coated.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and gently to spread out evenly. Tip – rub butter in between your hands so they don't stick to the marshmallow treats.
  • Sprinkle with colored sanding sugar and allow to cool completely for an hour. Cut into 2-inch squares and add a jumbo red heart before serving. I used Cake Drip, but a tube of icing works as well.

Notes

  • For best results, melt the butter and marshmallows on low heat!
  • Use the freshest ingredients possible.
  • A 7-ounce jar of marshmallow creme can be substituted for the regular marshmallows.
  • Do not use margarine or diet/reduced calorie butter. They contain water which will make your treats soggy, and they will not have the same homemade flavor.
  • These holiday rice krispie treats are best served the day they are made, but they will last in an air-tight container for 2 to 3 days.
  • To make shapes: spread mixture out on a prepared baking sheet to about 1-inch thick. Allow to cool, then use cookie cutter to cut out hearts, trees, shamrocks, circles, etc.
  • Substitute pink or red for Valentine’s Day, remove the heart for St. Patrick’s Day. You can use any color of gel coloring and sugar based on your party theme.

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

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