These Rice Krispies Christmas Trees are so easy to make and a fun project for the whole family. Makes a great gift!
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium low heat. Stir in the marshmallows and continue stirring until melted. (If using a microwave, you can place both the butter and marshmallows in a bowl and heat on high for 2 minutes. Stir. Heat for another minute. Stir. If there are any unmelted bits, continue microwaving at 20 second intervals until melted or close to melted. Often once close to completely melted, if you stir it well, the heat from the surrounding mixture will finish the job!
Stir in the food coloring (and vanilla if using).
Press this mixture into a 13 X 9 inch pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. The mixture will be quite hot at first so work carefully. You can use a buttered spatula or a piece of wax paper to help you press it down.
Allow this to cool slightly. You can create the tree shapes by cutting the Rice Krispie mixture in half lengthwise and then into triangles. Or you can use cookie cutters but be sure to spray them with cooking spray first.
Add sprinkles to the trees and press them in slightly. If you are using icing to create garland, that gets added last.
If you want to, you can add craft sticks or straws as handles for these treats.