Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

Make these easy and fun Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats for your next holiday celebration! There is nothing better than Christmas-themed treats to have on your table during the holidays and everyone will love these goodies.

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Ingredients Needed to Make Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

  • butter
  • puffed rice cereal
  • mini marshmallows
  • shortening
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • salt
  • confectioners powdered sugar
  • brown gel food coloring (or see notes for how to make brown)
  • small pretzels in a classic pretzel shape
  • candy eyeballs
  • red chocolate-covered candies
reindeer rice cereal treats with pretzels and candy noses

How to Make These Festive Treats

  1. Make some classic rice cereal treats and press them into a 9×13 pan so they are nice and compact. Once cool, cut into triangles.
  2. Make the brown buttercream frosting and frost each triangle with a thick layer.
  3. Add cut pretzels, candy eyeballs and a red candy nose!

How to Make Brown Frosting

The easiest way to make brown frosting is to use brown gel frosting. The brown I had was too light so I added some water-based color to make it darker. You can also create brown using just red, green and blue. A good starting point is 10 drops red, 10 drops green, and 1 drop blue. From there, add more as needed using the ratio as a guide. You can also try these from Wilton, they always work well.

How to Cut Pretzels for Antlers

Cutting small pretzels is actually harder than it looks because the pretzels are so fragile. I definitely had a few pretzels that didn’t make the cut so they became a snack. If you don’t want to cut the pretzels at all, you could always just put the whole pretzel on the top of the treat and they will still look cute!

Tips on Making Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

  • The most important part is to have fun! These don’t have to be perfect and they will still be delicious.
  • To get a nice pressed rice cereal treat, spray your hands with non-stick spray before pressing them into the pan.
  • The thick buttercream frosting is the easiest to work with when cold.
  • You can also use cinnamon imperials or another round red candy for the nose.
  • Candy eyes make decorating easy but you can also use frosting or other candy if you don’t have them.
reindeer rice cereal treats in a circle

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Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

These Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats are fun and easy to make for your next holiday celebration.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas dessert, christmas treats, holiday dessert, holiday treats, reindeer, rice cereal treats, rice krispie treats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 treats
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • large pot
  • 9×13 pan
  • non-stick spray
  • stand mixer or hand mixer
  • large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl

Ingredients

Rice Cereal Treats

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 6 cups rice cereal
  • 4 cups marshmallows

Thick Buttercream Frosting

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 cups confectioners powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp water, room temp
  • brown gel food coloring (or see notes for how to make brown)

Decorations

  • 1 cup small pretzels in classic pretzel shape
  • candy eyeballs
  • red chocolate-covered candies

Instructions

Rice Cereal Treats

  • Prepare a 9/13 pan with non-stick spray. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
    melted butter in a pot
  • Add the marshmallows and stir until fully melted in the butter.
    melted butter and marshmallows
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the rice cereal. Add to the prepared dish and press into the pan as much as you can. Allow the treats to cool in the pan.
    rice krispie treats pressed into a pan

Thick Buttercream Frosting

  • Place the butter and shortening in a stand mixer or mixing bowl and cream together on medium speed. Add the vanilla and salt and continue mixing.
  • Begin to add confectioners sugar one cup at a time, mixing on low speed until combined then med-high speed for a minute or so each time. After each cup addition, add a tablespoon of water to get your desired consistency. Add the gel food coloring and fully incorporate it.
    rice krispie treats pressed into a pan

Reindeer Assembly

  • Turn the pan with the pressed rice cereal treats over onto a cutting board. Cut off the edges with a sharp knife and then cut into equal triangles.
    rice krispies cut into triangles
  • Frost each triangle with a thick layer of buttercream frosting. Place the frosted triangles in the fridge for 10 minutes to the set frosting.
    brown frosting on rice krispie treats
  • Cut a pretzel in half to make the antlers and place them on top of the triangle (see post for detailed instructions).
    pretzel cut for antlers
  • Add the candy eyes and nose.
    reindeer face

Notes

  • Buttercream frosting can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days before using. 
  • If you have leftover frosting, you can freeze it in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
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