Christmas Rice Krispies® Trees
Turn your Rice Krispies® treats into festive little trees that also have a delightful orange and spice flavor! You can add whatever kind of dried fruit you like, or nuts, or even coconut. The possibilities are endless!
- Serves: 15 persons
- 6cups crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies®)
- ⅓cup chopped dried cranberries
- ⅓cup chopped dried apricots
- 1small orange, zested and juiced
- 3tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½teaspoon salt
- ½teaspoon ground cloves
- 1(10 ounce) package large marshmallows
- ⅓cup dried apricots, or as needed
- ⅓cup dried cranberries, or as needed
- ½cup chopped white chocolate
- 1tablespoon unsalted butter
Step 1Mix crispy rice cereal, cranberries, and apricots together in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine and set aside.
Step 2Combine orange zest and juice, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and cloves in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook until butter is melted and stir to combine. Add marshmallows all at once; cook, stirring constantly, until fully melted, 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 3Quickly pour the marshmallow mixture over the cereal mixture and toss to combine, making sure cereal is thoroughly coated.
Step 4Lightly butter or oil clean hands and a 1/3 cup measure. Scoop out 1/3 cup of the cereal mixture and press firmly into a tree shape. Flatten the bottom of the tree and set aside. Continue making trees, re-buttering your hands as needed, until all the mixture is used up. Allow trees to cool and harden for 15 to 30 minutes.
Step 5Cut whole apricots into star shapes, using a sharp paring knife or small cookie cutter. Set the scraps aside for extra decoration. Chop dried cranberries for extra decoration.
Step 6Combine white chocolate and butter in a small heat-proof bowl. Microwave until chocolate is melted, about 30 seconds. Stir to combine. Pour white chocolate into a piping bag.
Step 7Pipe white chocolate into decorative patterns all over the trees, covering the very tops to adhere the apricot stars. Use remaining white chocolate to adhere extra chopped apricots and cranberries as desired. Reheat chocolate in the microwave for 10 seconds if it begins to harden. Allow chocolate to fully harden on the trees before serving.