Do my reindeer Rice Krispies treat recipe will have you asking: adorable North Pole pets or delicious cookies? These Rice Krispies treats are dipped in chocolate and decorated with easy to find candies to create Christmas cookies that are happy enough to pull Santa’s sleigh but tasty enough to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth.
My reindeer Rice Krispies treats recipe is super simple to put together and they make great cookie bars to bake with kids! They’ll have a blast giving each reindeer their own personality.
On Dasher, on Dancer — on to baking!
Any recipe that lets me bake with my kids is a winner in my book! But what makes my reindeer Rice Krispies treats recipe extra special?
- Six easy ingredients
- Chewy marshmallow-chocolate HEAVEN
- Customization fun!
- Done in 30 minutes
This reindeer Rice Krispies treats recipe leans more toward candy than cookie, but don’t let that put you off! Candy making can be as easy as baking, and I’m here to guide you through the process.
Sticking: For both the fondant work and letting your chocolate coating set, you’ll run into sticking issues. But there are ways to prevent it! Use a silicone mat or lightly sprinkling the work surface with powdered sugar.
If it’s particularly humid where you are, you can even use a mixture of ½ powdered sugar and ½ cornstarch. I also like to keep an offset spatula or another thin spatula handy for moving the antlers onto a cookie sheet or cutting board for drying.
Wafers: Melting wafers (Ghiradelli is my favorite brand because of the quality and flavor) are a great thing to keep on hand during the holidays! You can dip just about anything in chocolate – fruit, pretzels, Oreos – and turn it into something special. (You can also get good deals if you buy the wafers in bulk, and they’ll last a long time, especially if you throw them in the freezer.)
Melting: Although the microwave is a useful tool for melting your chocolate, I find it cools and thickens too quickly for me. A double boiler works best at keeping the chocolate to a good dipping temperature.
Should you store your reindeer Rice Krispies treats recipe as a cookie or a candy? Can you freeze it? What about room temperature? I answer all your questions below!
Can You Freeze This?
Yes! Rice Krispies Treat desserts can be frozen. Be sure to always store your treats in an airtight container — since Rice Krispies Treats contain, well, Rice Krispies, it’s important to prevent the cereal from going stale.
Seal your reindeer Rice Krispies treats in airtight containers and store in your freezer for up to six weeks.
Make Ahead Tips
This reindeer Rice Krispies treats recipe comes together in just 30 minutes! But if you want to accelerate the process, even more, you can dry your fondant faster by using the oven before you start making your treats.
First, place the antlers on a cookie sheet. Turn your oven on the lowest/warming setting. Once it preheats, turn the oven off. That’s important! You don’t want to actually cook your fondant.
Place the cookie sheet into the oven and let it sit for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove the tray and let the pieces air cool for about 30 minutes. Depending on the humidity in your house, it could take a little longer.
Your dried fondant will last up to two months in an airtight container at room temperature.
How Long Can You Keep This?
A good rule of thumb for party treats is not to let anything perishable sit out for longer than two hours. If your reindeer Rice Krispies treats fall under that timeline, feel free to store them in airtight containers at room temperature for up to two days after your party.
If you want to keep them longer, you can always pop them in the fridge or freeze them as outlined above!
I love this reindeer Rice Krispies treats recipe as a base to design fun, yummy reindeers!
Can I Add Peanut Butter?
Peanut butter Rice Krispie Treats are a delicacy I love calling Fluffernutter Rice Krispie Treats. Marshmallow and peanut butter are sweet and smooth and perfect together! You should also try my chocolate peanut butter bars — just like Reese’s candies!
Can I Add Almonds?
Almond and Christmas go hand in hand! Almond crescent cookies are delicate and buttery, while almond shortbread cookies are on the dense, solid side of buttery. But still, want chocolate? Almond Joy bars are the candy in cookie form!
Can I Make This Recipe More Italian?
Can I Turn These Into German Christmas Cookies?
If you go for Italian cookies, you have to try German Christmas cookies too! Lebkuchen is a delicious German gingerbread you’ll want to make again and again. Springerle celebrate anise and all its soft licorice flavor!
What Other Christmas Desserts Can I Make With Chocolate?
Oh my, get ready! There are so many chocolate Christmas cookies for you to try. For starters, I’d go with double chocolate snowballs. Twice the amount of chocolate — yes please! A classic has to be chocolate spritz cookies. Kids love helping with these!
Reindeer Rice Krispies Treat
- 2 bags Ghiradelli milk chocolate melting wafers
- powder sugar as needed
- 1 package chocolate fondant
- 1 box rice Krispies unwrapped
- 1 bag M&M's red picked out
- 1 package large edible eyes
- Line baking sheet with parchment; set aside.
- Melt both bags of chocolate in a double broiler.
- Sprinkle a little powder sugar on a cutting board and work the fondant until softened. Roll fondant out to 3/8 inch thick. Using a mini leaf cookie cutter, cut out 16 leaves for the antlers; set aside.
- Dip the rice krispie treats into melted chocolate, then, using a fork, flip it over to completely cover. Gently tap off excess chocolate. Place chocolate covered rice krispie treats on a lined baking sheet.
- Place 2 eyes where eyes belong, then place a red M&M below eyes for the nose. Place a fondant leaf in each top corner for antlers. Allow chocolate to harden before serving.
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I can’t get enough Christmas cookies recipes this time of year, so here’s a few more!
- Reindeer Cookie – Cute wee deer dressed to impress!
- Reindeer Noses – Great for making with kids
- Bear Cookies – Another kid favorite that celebrates polar bears.
- Biscoff Cookies – The store-bought classic at home!
- Reindeer Oreos – Reindeers + chocolate = what more do you want??
I hope you had a blast making this reindeer Rice Krispies treats recipe! I know I always do. We have to make a Rudolph one and a Prancer one, a Comet one and a Blitzen one– oh, let’s just make another dozen to be safe!
Who’s your favorite reindeer? Let me know in the comments!