Santa Hat Rice Krispie Treats

Santa Hat Rice Krispie Treats are easy to make and fun to eat! Kids and adults will love these old school treats with a fun holiday twist. Make these for your next Christmas party or holiday celebration!

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Ingredients Needed to Make Santa Hat Rice Krispie Treats

  • butter
  • puffed rice cereal
  • mini marshmallows
  • shortening
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • salt
  • confectioners powdered sugar
  • red gel food coloring 
  • white fondant
  • clear sparkly sprinkles
santa hats rice cereal treats with a bowl of frosting and a bowl of mini marshmallows

How to Make Santa Hat 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 red buttercream frosting and frost each triangle with a thick layer.
  3. Dip each mini marshmallow in water, shake off excess and then roll around in a small bowl of sprinkles. Place the marshmallow at the top of the triangle.
  4. Roll out the fondant to ⅛” thickness. Cut strips of the fondant to fit the bottom of the triangle, about ½” wide. Take the strip of fondant and swipe the top with water using your finger. Dip the wet side into the sprinkles and then place on top of the frosted triangle.
santa hat rice krispie treat

How to Make 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 red gel food coloring and fully incorporate it.

Tips for Making Santa Hat Treats

  • To get a nice pressed rice cereal treat, spray your hands with non-stick spray before pressing them into the pan.
  • If you used large marshmallows for your treats and don’t have mini marshmallows, you can use a cut large marshmallow, fondant, or white frosting for the hat top.
  • If you don’t have fondant, you can also use white frosting or line up some mini marshmallows for the hat trim.
  • The thick buttercream frosting is the easiest to work with when cold.
  • The crystal sprinkles stick really well with just water! If you don’t have the sprinkles, these treats still look great without them.

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Santa Hat Rice Krispie Treats

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas dessert, christmas treats, holiday dessert, holiday treats, rice cereal treats, rice krispie treats, santa, santa hat
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 treats
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • large pot
  • 9×13 pan
  • non-stick spray
  • small bowls
  • 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
  • red gel food coloring

Decorations

  • 10 mini marshmallows
  • clear sparkly sprinkles
  • ¼ cup white fondant

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.
    butter in mixer
  • 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 red gel food coloring and fully incorporate it.
    rice krispie treats pressed into a pan

Santa Hat 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 red buttercream frosting. Place the frosted triangles in the fridge for 10 minutes to the set frosting.
    red frosted triangles
  • Dip each mini marshmallow in water, shake off excess and then roll around in a small bowl of sprinkles. Place the marshmallow at the top of the triangle.
    mini marshmallow with sprinkles
  • Roll out the fondant to ⅛" thickness. Cut strips of the fondant to fit the bottom of the triangle, about ½" wide.
    fondant cut for santa hat
  • Take the strip of fondant and swipe the top with water using your finger. Dip the wet side into the sprinkles and then place on top of the frosted triangle.
    santa hat treat on board

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.
santa hat rice krispie treats in a circle with mini marshmallows
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