Rice Krispies Christmas wreaths are an easy, fun festive dessert and great for holiday parties!
Prepare your decorating station: Lay out a large piece of wax paper and prep some extra pats of softened butter to spread on your hands. Make sure the red cinnamon candies are out and ready to go.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
Add marshmallows and stir until coated in butter. Melt over low heat, stirring occasionally.
Once marshmallows are completely melted, add green food coloring. Start with 7-8 drops and add more until it’s the right color. Stir well.
Turn off heat and carefully stir in Rice Krispies cereal until it’s completely coated.
Grease hands with extra butter and grab handfuls of the Rice Krispies mixture (be careful not to burn yourself if it’s hot). Roll into balls - about the size of a baseball - and use your finger to make a hole in the center. Flatten the ball into a wreath shape and set on a piece of wax paper. Top with 4-5 red cinnamon candies.
Repeat with remaining Rice Krispies mixture until all the wreaths are formed and decorated.
Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Rice Krispies wreaths will keep at room temperature for up to 5 days.
These are sticky! We coat our hands in softened butter — and keep reapplying as we make the wreaths — to keep them from sticking to us. It really helps.
Once you get the Rice Krispies stirred into the marshmallows, you need to work quickly to make the wreaths before the mixture hardens. You also need to work fast to get the red cinnamon dots onto the wreaths so that you can press them in and get them to stick. (Otherwise, they’ll fall off when you pick them up.)