Rice Krispie Treats might already be your go-to when you need a quick treat for a kid’s birthday party or snack for the class, but this holiday season, dress them up a bit for a brand new take on the old classic. They’ll look just as good in your kid’s lunchbox as they will on the buffet table at your holiday party.

I made red and green Rice Krispie ornaments, but you could easily adapt to make them match the color scheme of your holiday decor — blues or purples. Leave some without food coloring for an all natural golden ornament look.

I sprinkled in some golden sugar sprinkle for extra shine, but the photo doesn’t pick up on it well. Add sprinkles in the colors of your choice for extra customization.  I could even see them decorated with piped white chocolate for more fun and flavor.

The Rolos were actually really easy to find. I’m not sure I ever bought a bag before, but I found tons of them in the Target candy aisle a week before Thanksgiving.

Make these holiday ornament Rice Krispie treats and make the holidays a little merrier!

Holiday Ornament Rice Krispie Treats

Holiday Ornament Rice Krispie Treats


  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 box of Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 20 ounces small marshmallows (usually 2 standard sized bags)
  • Green food coloring
  • Red food coloring
  • Rolo candies
  • Oil or butter (for your hands)


  1. Place a large sheet of parchment or wax paper off to the side.
  2. In a medium pot on low heat, melt half of the butter.
  3. Add half of the marshmallows (1 bag) and 10-15 drop os green food coloring and stir constantly until marshmallows have completely melted. Remove from heat
  4. Add half of the cereal and keep stirring until cereal is coated.
  5. Dump cereal contents onto wax paper.
  6. Coat your hands with butter or oil.
  7. Using your hands or using additional wax paper, roll cereal mixture into 2-inch balls and set aside.
  8. Press a Rolo in to the top of each.
  9. Repeat steps 1 through 8, replacing the color in step 3 for red, or any other colors you choose.

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Also see, 10 crazy candy cane flavors you won’t even believe.  

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.