Take your Christmas cookies up a notch with these Rice Krispies Treats Cutouts! They are so much easier and quicker to make than a traditional sugar cookie recipe!
Love making sugar cookie cutouts at Christmas, but hate the work? Make these Rice Krispies Treat Cutouts! They sure to be your favorite Christmas cookies!
I think I am on to something with these Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Cookie Cutouts.
I love making Christmas cutout cookies every holiday season. David and I have an unofficial cookie decorating contest, which is really less of a contest and more of me painstakingly decorating cookies and David squeezing the bags too hard, getting pissed off and it turning into a big frosting covered mess.
Its a great evening and I love it.
But let’s face it. Cutout sugar cookies are kind of an ordeal. Mixing the dough, chilling it, rolling it out, cutting out shapes, baking, cooling, mixing up icing and decorating. Its a whole day event!
So this year, I came up with an easier way to get the same effect- why not scrap the whole cookie dough thing and swap in everyone’s favorite no-bake treat- Rice Krispies Treats?!
Five minutes to mix up, press them out and let them cool. Leave them plain white, or use food coloring to tint them green, red, yellow- anything you can dream up!
To start making these Rice Krispies Treats Cutouts, place marshmallows and butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals to fully melt butter. Carefully stir in the rice krispies cereal. If you don’t heve a big enough bowl, you may need to divide this into two batches.
Next, you will divide the mixture into thirds. Leave one third plain, then use red and green gel food coloring to tint the other two mixtures.
Cut three sheets of wax paper, approximately the size of a cookie sheet. Working with one color at a time, press the mixture flat to a thickness of 1/2-3/4″, using another sheet of parchment over top to help.
Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes, leaving the cutters in the Rice Krispie mixture. Peel the excess away from the cutters and gently push the shapes out of the cutters. Set the cookies aside to decorate later.
You can smush your scraps back together to make more shapes. Because the rice krispie treats recipe hardens at room temperature, you may need to re-warm it in the microwave for 30 seconds before working with it again.
In a small microwave safe bowls, pour in the candy melts (I used red, green, white and black). Melt in microwave for one minute, stir, then at 30 second intervals until completely melted and no lumps remain.
To make it even easier (because that’s the whole point of this, right?), I poured the melted candies into a snack-size Ziploc bag and snipped the corner off. It was way easier to dislodge any cooled bits, and the heat from my hands kept them from cooling so fast. You can decorate your cutouts with the chocolate, and you can even embellish with sprinkles if desired.
I even took decorating one step further and turned some of these into edible Christmas ornaments! Just punch a hole in the top of the cut out with a straw, then loop some festive ribbon through. Word to the wise though- if you do this, you need to let them get good and stale out overnight before you hang them.
For simplicity’s sake, I opted not to mix up frosting for decorating, but decided to use candy melts. Shockingly, this was a first time experience for me, and I was thrilled with how easy to use they were. I initially scooped them into small squeeze bottles, but decided that I thought they cooled and hardened a little too fast.
If you prefer to though, you can certainly decorate these Rice Krispies Treats Cutouts with royal icing. It’s s simple mixture of powdered sugar, egg whites, and either vanilla extract or almond extract (or both.)
I love all my cookie cutters! I have a disgustingly large amount of them, the bulk of which are from Williams Sonoma. They have some really beautiful shapes that I’ve never seen elsewhere. But you can’t go wrong with a classic set like these..
If you hang them too fast, the weight of the cutout will pull again the hole you punched, and they will stttrrrreeettttccchhhhh out before they finally break off and fall. Don’t ask me how I found this out.
On an unrelated note, my dog really likes Rice Krispies Treats. [eyeroll]
If you liked these simple Christmas cookies, check out these other rice krispie treats recipes:
- Rice Krispie Treat Gingerbread House + Decorating Ideas
- Hot Chocolate Rice Krispies® Treats
- Samoa Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispies Treat Christmas Cookie Cutouts
- 2 bags mini marshmallows
- 1 stick butter
- 10 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Assorted colors candy melts
- Red and green food coloring
- Place marshmallows and butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals until fully melted. Carefully stir in cereal (you may need to divide this into two batches if you don't have a bowl big enough).
- Divide mixture into thirds. Leave one third plain, then use red and green gel food coloring to tint the mixture.
- Cut three sheets of paper, approximately the size of a cookie sheet. Working with one color at a time, press the mixture flat to a thickness of 1/2-3/4", using another sheet of parchment over top to help.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes, leaving the cutters in the Rice Krispie mixture. Peel the excess away from the cutters and gently push the shapes out of the cutters. Set aside. You can smush your scraps back together to make more shapes, you may need to re-warm in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- In small microwave safe bowls, pour in the candy melts (I used red, green, white and black). Melt in microwave for one minute, stir, then at 30 second intervals until completely melted and no lumps remain. Spoon mixture into small Ziploc bags, Cut the tip of one corner off, but just enough to make a small hole.
- Decorate cutouts , embellishing with sprinkles as desired.
- To make ornaments: use a straw to punch out a hole in the cutout. Cut approximately 8 inches of thin ribbon and knot the ends together. Thread the looped ribbon through the hole and push the knotted end through the loop. Gently pull to tighten. Decorate as desired. Leave out overnight before hanging.