Snowman Rice Krispie Treats

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These super cute Snowman Rice Krispie Treats are a delicious and whimsical Christmas treat. A fun twist on everyone’s favorite cereal treat, they can even double as a festive and fun afternoon activity that the whole family will enjoy making together.

Snowman treats on a tray with peppermints
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Rice Krispie Treat Snowmen

This recipe takes everyone’s beloved gooey marshmallow treats and transforms them into adorable winter snowmen. With their sweet and chewy goodness and white chocolate coating, these treats are not only super cute but also irresistibly delicious!

What makes them even better is that they are so much fun to make. It’s a wonderful way to involve the kids in the holiday kitchen festivities. Plus, they’re the perfect addition to Christmas cookie trays and are sure to be a hit at any holiday party.

And if you love these festive creations, you’ll want to check out these precious Chocolate Christmas Mice, Oreo Reindeer Cookies and these colorful Oreo Christmas Balls.

Snowman Rice Krispie treat

Why We Love this Recipe

  • Awesome gifts: Wrap them in decorative cellophane bags for an ideal gift for teachers, family and friends.
  • Perfect for holiday parties: Their cute little faces will make them the star attraction at your next Christmas part.
  • Super easy: These treats double as a sweet treat and and an easy activity too. Kids will love adding the decorations almost as much as they’ll love eating them!
  • Large pot
  • 9×13 baking pan
  • Baking tray line with parchment paper
  • Piping bags
  • Rubber spatula
The ingredients for Snowman rice krispie treats
  • Unsalted butter
  • Mini marshmallows, divided
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • Nonpareils (white, red and green)
  • White melting wafers
  • Black sugar pearls, for the mouth, eyes and buttons
  • Orange tic tacs, for the nose
  • Peppermint candies, for the ear muffs
  • Red candy melts, for the scarf

How to Make Rice Krispie Snowman Treats

Making The Bars

Step 1. Line a 13 x 9 baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.

Step 2. Melt the butter in a large pot over low heat.

Step 3. Measure 2 cups of mini marshmallows and set them aside. Add the remaining marshmallows to the pot and melt in the melted butter. Stir until smooth.

A pot with melted butter
A bowl of butter and melted marshmallows on a white marble table.

Step 4. As soon as the marshmallows have melted, remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and salt until incorporated.

Step 5. Add the Rice Krispies cereal and fold it into the melted marshmallows.

A pot filled with melted marshmallows and vanilla extract on a marble countertop.
Rice Krispie treat mixture in a pot with a wooden spoon.

Step 6. Add the 2 cups of marshmallows that were set aside and the nonpareil sprinkles. Fold together again until evenly distributed and coated.

Tip: You will want to work quickly with this step because the marshmallows may start to melt and the color from the sprinkles will bleed.

Marshmallows and sprinkles in a pan with a wooden spoon.
A bowl of Rice Krispie Treat mixture with a wooden spoon in it.

Step 7. Spread the prepared Rice Krispies treats mixture into an even layer in the baking sheet and evenly press it in. If needed, you can use a rubber spatula or lay wax paper over the top to help smooth them out. Allow to cool on the counter for 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

Step 8. Using a sharp knife, cut it into bars, about 3 inches long and 2 ½” inches wide.

Tip: If you want to be sure your treats all the same size, you can use a ruler to help cut them into straight lines.

A baking pan filled with Rice Krispie Treats
Rice krispie squares on a baking sheet.

Decorating The Treats

Step 1. Using a candy melting pot or double boiler over low heat, melt the white melting wafers until smooth.

Step 2. Dip one Rice Krispie treat bar into the melts, just enough to coat the top. Then place onto the lined baking tray with the dipped side up.

A purple bowl with melted chocolate and a spoon on top of it.
Rice krispie squares on a blue tray.

Step 3. Immediately decorate your snowman by adding two black sugar pearls for the eyes on the upper half of the snowman. You can use a toothpick to help push them into place.

Step 4. Add an orange tic tac below that for the nose.

Step 5. Quickly add more sugar pearls below for the mouth. Add a few extra black sugar pearls on the bottom half for the buttons, leaving enough space to draw a scarf between the buttons and the face.

Step 6. Use the melted candy melts to attach a peppermint candy onto the snowman’s head on each side to create earmuffs.

Step 7. Repeat to make the rest of the Rice Krispie snowmen.

Tip: You’ll want to make the snowmen one at a time, so the chocolate is still melted enough for the decorations to stick.

Snowman Rice Krispie treats on a tray.
Snowman Rice Krispie treats on a tray.

Step 8. Melt 1/3 cup of red candy melts in a piping bag. Twist it shut and microwave on a low or defrost setting for 30 second intervals until smooth and completely melted. Massage the bag each time to ensure it is heating evenly.

Step 9. Once melted, allow it to cool down for a few minutes before cutting a small piece of the tip off the piping bag. Then pipe on the scarves between the face and the buttons.

Red candy melts in a plastic bag.
Snowman Rice Krispie treats with red candy scarves on a tray.

Step 10. Allow to set completely for 15 minutes or until the melts harden before serving. Enjoy!

Storage Instructions

You can store these holiday treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. It’s best not to refrigerate them.

Snowman treats on wooden board with peppermints

Fun Christmas Rice Krispie Treat Variations

  • Rice krispie add-ins: These treats taste great plain or you can add in mini M&M candy, mini chocolate chips or chopped pretzels. Just remember to try to keep the top as flat as possible.
  • Ear muffs: Instead of peppermint candies for the ear muffs, you can use life saver gummies or another candy similar in shape and size.
  • Nose: If you can’t find Tik Tacs, try using mini orange M&M’s for the nose. You can also draw them on with orange decoration icing or a little bit of melted orange candy melts.
  • Black pearls: Black sugar pearls work great for the eyes, mouth, and buttons but you can also opt to use black icing gel or melted black candy melts.
  • Scarf: Get creative and change the color of the scarves by using different candy melt colors. You can also add edible glitter or sanding sugar to the scarf if desired. Another option is to add Pull N Peel Twizzlers as the scarf. You’ll just want to add it while the white chocolate is still wet so it will stay in place.
  • Optional hat: If you want to add a hat, dip the top end of the treat into melted dark chocolate candy melts.
Snowman Rice Krispie treats with peppermints and marshmallows.

Snowman Rice Krispies Treat FAQS

Can I make these treats in advance?

You can make this recipe up to a week or so in advance. The Rice Krispies are crispier the first few days after making, but they’ll still taste great for a couple of weeks.

Why are my Rice Krispie treats hard?

Rice krispie treats can become hard if they’re overcooked. To prevent this, be sure to remove the mixture from the heat as soon as the marshmallows are fully melted.

Why are my snowmen falling apart?

The reason this happens is because the mixture was not pressed firmly into the pan and cooled before cutting.

Christmas rice krispie treats stacked on top of each other.

More Christmas Treat Ideas

If you enjoyed making snowman Rice Krispie treats, you’ll want to check out these fun holiday recipes too!

Snowman rice krispie treats on a cutting board with peppermint candies
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Snowman Rice Krispie Treats


Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
These adorable Snowman Rice Krispie Treats are a fun holiday twist on everyone's favorite cereal treat!

Ingredients
 

Instructions

Making The Rice Krispie Treat Bars

  • Line a 13 x 9 baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large pot over low heat.
  • Measure 2 cups of mini marshmallows and set them aside. Add the remaining marshmallows to the pot and melt in the melted butter. Stir the butter and marshmallows occasionally until smooth.
  • As soon as the marshmallows have melted, remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and salt until incorporated.
  • Add the Rice Krispies cereal and fold it into the melted marshmallows.
  • Add the 2 cups of set aside marshmallows and nonpareil sprinkles. Fold together again until evenly distributed and coated. You'll want to work quickly with this step because the marshmallows may start to melt and the color from the sprinkles will bleed.
  • Spread the prepared rice krispies treats mixture into an even layer in the baking sheet and evenly press it in. If needed, you can use a rubber spatula or lay wax paper over the top to help smooth them out. Allow to cool on the counter for 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut it into bars, about 3 inches long and 2 ½” inches wide.

Decorating The Rice Krispie Treats

  • Using a candy melting pot or double boiler over low heat, melt the white melting wafers until smooth.
  • Dip one Rice Krispie treat bar into the melts, just enough to coat the top. Then place onto the lined baking tray with the dipped side up.
  • Immediately decorate your snowman by adding two black sugar pearls for the eyes on the upper half of the snowman. You can use a toothpick to help push them into place.
  • Add an orange tic tac below that for the nose.
  • Quickly add more sugar pearls below for the mouth. Add a few extra black sugar pearls on the bottom half for the buttons, leaving enough space to draw a scarf between the buttons and the face. Do this one at a time, so the chocolate is still melted enough for the decorations to stick.
  • Use the melted candy melts to attach peppermint candies on each side of the snowman's head, making little earmuffs.
  • Repeat with the rest of the snowmen.
  • Melt 1/3 cup of red candy melts in a piping bag. Twist it shut and microwave on a low or defrost setting for 30 second intervals until smooth and completely melted. Massage the bag each time to ensure it is heating evenly.
  • Once melted, allow it to cool down for a few minutes before cutting a small piece of the tip off the piping bag. Then pipe on the scarves between the face and the buttons.
  • Allow to set completely for 15 minutes or until the melts harden before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

If you want to be sure your treats all the same size, you can use a ruler to help cut them into straight lines.
 
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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