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Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

These Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats are fun and easy to make for your next holiday celebration.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 treats
Author: EmilyFabulous



Rice Cereal Treats

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

Thick Buttercream Frosting

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


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


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


  • 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.

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.