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Grinch Rice Krispie Treats are easy to make by simply stirring together a few ingredients and spreading them into a pan! The perfect no-bake recipe to make with the kids!
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Table of Contents
  1. Grinch Treats Grow Big Hearts
  2. Why We Love This Christmas Dessert Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  6. How to Make Grinch Rice Krispie Treats
  7. Tips
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Christmas Treat Recipes
  11. Grinch Treats Recipe

Grinch Rice Krispie Treats are a fun and festive, green-covered snack that will make every Grinch lover’s heart grow three sizes! It is so quick and easy to make these soft, sweet Christmas cereal treats, simply by stirring together a few ingredients and spreading them into a pan–a perfect no-bake recipe for the hectic holiday season.

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Grinch Treats Grow Big Hearts

These homemade Grinch Rice Krispie Treats are similar to the traditional Rice Krispie snack, but mine is made with less effort because I’ve revised the recipe with a simple twist.

My secret for creating a rich and creamy bar is substituting marshmallow fluff for the other version’s marshmallows, which not only makes it easier and faster to melt and mix with the butter, but also because the texture is less sticky, which means you can bite into them with braces and they won’t destroy your teeth!

Grinch Treats taste like the original dessert–they’re still loaded with marshmallow flavor combined with the classic krispie cereal, then these are drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with candy hearts.

I love the story of the Grinch because it reminds me that Christmas is about spreading love and joy. That’s why this recipe is so special because I can spend time in the kitchen making memories with my kids; it’s my favorite family activity that always makes my heart grow 3 sizes. And covering these treats with bright green chocolate and red heart-shaped sprinkles can remind us all that even the grumpiest Grinch deserves a delicious dessert to be shared and enjoyed for a very Merry Christmas.

How do you throw the ultimate Grinchmas party? Serve the perfect snacks, like my Grinch Cake Mix Cookies, Grinch Punch, and these Grinch treats!

Why We Love This Christmas Dessert Recipe

  • Quick and easy no-bake recipe.
  • Made using only 6 simple ingredients (3 of them are for decorating).
  • Soft, gooey, and not super sticky.
  • Fun to make with kids and eat while watching the How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie.
  • Perfect for a Grinch themed party, a Christmas cookie tray, or a holiday dessert platter.
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Ingredients

  • Rice crispy cereal
  • Salted butter: If you decide to use unsalted butter instead, add a pinch of salt to help cut through the sweetness. 
  • Can marshmallow fluff: You can switch this out for regular mini marshmallows, use about a cup and a half.
  • Vanilla almond bark: You can replace the almond bark with white or green melting chocolate or white chocolate chips.
  • Green food coloring
  • Sprinkles: I used heart sprinkles and red nonpareils, but feel free to get creative with your decorations!

Substitutions and Additions

  • Tasty Toppings: Sprinkle some crushed candy canes, green and red M&Ms, or holiday sprinkles on top of your treats to add some extra Christmas crunch and color.
  • Fun Flavors: For a festive Christmas flavor, feel free to add a teaspoon of mint or vanilla extract. Or you can add some lemon or lime juice to the marshmallow mixture (but don’t add too much because it will make the treats more difficult to stick together). You could even add some caramel to the mixture for another fun flavor.
  • Cookie Cutters: Instead of cutting your Grinch Treats into bars, you can use cookie cutters to form festive shapes, such as trees, hearts, stars, or even shape them into little grinch heads. 
  • Change The Cereal: Rice Krispies cereal comes in a variety of flavors. Instead of the original flavor, you can make your Grinch Treats with Rice Krispies with holiday colors, Frosted Krispies, Cocoa Krispies, Cookies & Creme Krispies, or choose your other favorites.
grinch treats in casserole dish
  • 9×13 inch pan 
  • Parchment paper
  • Large pan
  • Mixing tools
  • Measuring tools

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How to Make Grinch Rice Krispie Treats

This Grinch Treats recipe is so simple because of my secret swap: I use marshmallow fluff instead of marshmallows because they are easier to stir and spread into a pan and melts more quickly. Drizzled with green chocolate and topped with red hearts, these sweet squares are a fun and festive way to spread Christmas cheer.

  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan.
  2. Stir marshmallow fluff into the heated butter and cook on medium low until it loosens and creams together with the butter, about 3 minutes.
    Pro-Tip: When heating the butter and marshmallow fluff, you should stir constantly. When it smooths out, and begins to pull away from the bottom of the pan, it’s ready. Do not overcook; it doesn’t need to be piping hot.  
    Stir marshmallow fluff into the heated butter
  3. Remove mixture from the heat and mix in the cereal until completely combined.
    mix in the cereal into the mixture
  4. Immediately pour the Rice Krispies mixture into the pan and press the cereal until it reaches the edges. Place in the refrigerator until ready to decorate. 
    Pro-Tip: I highly recommend that you prepare your pan before you mix everything together. The marshmallow will want to dry quickly! 
    pour the Rice Krispies mixture into the pan
  5. Heat almond bark in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each one, until completely melted. 
    Heat almond bark in the microwave
  6. Add food coloring and stir to combine.
    Pro-Tip: For a darker green hue, add more food coloring; for a lighter, more neon green, add a couple of drops of yellow food coloring. I prefer to use gel food coloring because the color is more vibrant than typical water-based food colorings.
    add food colouring
  7. Drizzle melted almond bark over the chilled Rice Krispies.
    Drizzle melted almond bark over the chilled Rice Krispies
  8. Add heart-shaped sprinkles to decorate.
    Drizzle melted almond bark over the chilled Rice Krispies
  9. Allow treats to sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator until the chocolate is completely set, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Cut into bars and serve. Enjoy!
    grinch treats cut into bars

Tips

  • For a darker green hue, add more food coloring; for a lighter, more neon green, add a couple of drops of yellow food coloring. I prefer to use gel food coloring because the color is more vibrant than typical water-based food colorings.
  • I highly recommend that you prepare your pan before you mix everything together. The marshmallow will want to dry quickly! 
  • When heating the butter and marshmallow fluff, you should stir constantly. When it smooths out, and begins to pull away from the bottom of the pan, it’s ready. Do not overcook; it doesn’t need to be piping hot.  

Storage Tips

  • To Store: can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to two days. 
  • To Freeze: You can freeze Grinch Treats in an airtight container for up to six weeks.
grinch treats squares

Frequently Asked Questions

What is marshmallow fluff?

Marshmallow fluff is essentially a spreadable version of marshmallows.  It’s made out of corn syrup, sugar, vanilla, and egg whites, and while it’s smooth and creamy, it’s gelatin-free. 

Can I use marshmallows instead of marshmallow fluff in this recipe?

You can absolutely use marshmallows instead of fluff for this recipe. Use 12 regular-sized marshmallows (120 mini marshmallows) as a substitute for every one cup of marshmallow fluff.

Can I make Grinch Treats without marshmallow fluff?

Yes, you can make these treats easily with a simple marshmallow fluff substitution: almond butter and maple syrup! Almond butter (or any nut butter) and maple syrup work together to create a sticky mixture that acts as a great substitute for marshmallows. Simply heat the two together, mix in the cereal, and pour it into your baking pan! And it’s vegan too!

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Other Easy Christmas Treat Recipes

5 from 2 votes
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Grinch Treats

Serves — 14
Grinch Rice Krispie Treats are easy to make by simply stirring together a few ingredients and spreading them into a pan! The perfect no-bake recipe to make with the kids!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • cups rice crispy cereal
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 7 ounce can marshmallow fluff
  • ¾ cup vanilla almond bark
  • Green food coloring
  • Sprinkles (I used heart sprinkles and red nonpareils)

Instructions
 

  • Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Heat the salted butter up in a large pan. Spoon the marshmallow fluff into the saucepan with the butter and stir.
  • Over medium low heat, cook the marshmallow fluff until it loosens and creams together with the butter, about 3 minutes.
  • Take off heat and pour the cereal over the marshmallow fluff in the pan. Gently stir everything together until thoroughly combined.
  • Immediately pour the rice krispies mixture into the 9×13 inch pan and press the cereal until it reaches the edges. Place in the refrigerator until ready to decorate.
  • Place almond bark into a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Heat bark in 30 second increments, stirring after each one, until completely melted.
  • Add in your desired amount of green food coloring and stir until combined.
  • Drizzle melted almond bark over the rice krispies. Add on sprinkles to decorate.
  • Let sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator until the chocolate is completely set, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Cut into bars and serve.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to two days. 
  • To Freeze: You can freeze Grinch Treats in an airtight container for up to six weeks.
Tips:
  • For a darker green hue, add more food coloring; for a lighter, more neon green, add a couple of drops of yellow food coloring. I prefer to use gel food coloring because the color is more vibrant than typical water-based food colorings.
  • I highly recommend that you prepare your pan before you mix everything together. The marshmallow will want to dry quickly!
  • When heating the butter and marshmallow fluff, you should stir constantly. When it smooths out, and begins to pull away from the bottom of the pan, it’s ready. Do not overcook; it doesn’t need to be piping hot.  

Nutrition Info

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 649IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 3mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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