Holiday baking is in full swing! I have baked dozens of cookies over the last week and eaten way more than I am willing to admit to. You’ll have to torture the number outta me!
But please, whatever you do, don’t take away my cookies!
While the oven is running nonstop it is nice to have a good holiday treat that doesn’t require baking. That’s where the simplicity of rice crispy treats and candy dipped pretzels come into play. They are so delicious and easily customizable for any occasion, I just can’t get enough of them.
I didn’t end up having Sam help me this year but both of these treats would be fun to make with your kiddos. Maybe next year he will be ready, this year I can only imagine the horror of unleashing him on these treats. It would be chaos!
Now, I apologize in advance for my scatterbrained nature. We are at the grandparents house for Christmas and just guess what I forgot… my computer. My how-to photos for these treats are on my computer back at home and I am typing this on my phone and hoping that the pictures on my phone will be sufficient for now.
I pinky swear that I will share the how-to photos with you as soon as I can!
Anyways, back to the treats.
First, let’s talk about these Christmas tree rice crispy treats! Remember the recipe for rice crispy treats I shared with you the other day? Of course you do!
Start with a nice big batch of rice crispy treats and after they have set up cut them into triangles.
Or, if you’re not scatterbrained like me, I know we covered this already, use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to make them even more adorable!
Break up a few candy canes and insert a short “trunk” into the bottom of your trees. Next, grab some green candy melts and follow the melting instructions on the bag. Once melted, drizzle the candy over the rice crispy tree in a fun and wild pattern.
Drizzle as much or as little as your heart desires. My heart desired a lot more candy than I allowed myself to use so what I’m saying is I don’t want you to miss out on that opportunity like I did.
Before the candy sets grab what ever sprinkles or decoration you’d like to use and go to town! I just used sprinkles this time but you could also attach mini m&ms or crushed candy canes or leave the tree unadorned. Once again, follow your heart.
If you possess large star sprinkles use a dab of green candy melts to attach the star to the top of the tree. I had no luck finding the stars, even though I looked at 2 stores, and ended up just using some gold sprinkles. Ah well, they still taste good!
Now, let’s look at these candy coated pretzels! Grab melting chocolate, almond bark, candy melts etc. and get them all melty melty according to the package directions. Dip your pretzels and sprinkle wildly with sprinkles, crushed candy, different candy melts, or even chopped nuts!
Endless possibilities, endless deliciousness!
If you’re planning to hand out Christmas treats to your family and friends don’t bother spending extra cash on decorative boxes. If you are an obsessive box collector like I am you probably have the perfect treat boxes ready to use!
This box was left over from Sam’s baby shower (2 years ago, yikes!) and I grabbed some tape, scissors, and pretty wrapping paper.
Trace the top of the box onto the wrapping paper and cut it out. To clean up the edges a bit fold over a 1/4 inch and tape it down.
Tape the wrapping paper to the top of the lid with double sided tape. Pretty!
Add your treats and a bow! Ta-da!
I also made chocolate candy cane cookies and my favorite spicy cereal party mix to give to our friends. Delicious!
Have a merry and delicious Christmas!