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Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats is the holiday version of rice krispie treats flavored with vanilla and mint, and topped with white chocolate and chocolate drizzled, along with crushed peppermint patties or candy cane.

These festive Christmas Rice Krispie Treats has the same ooey gooey goodness from melted marshmallows. It’s basically traditional rice krispie treats with a festive holiday twist!

A stack of rice krispie treats topped with crushed peppermint

Craving for rice krispie treats but want something less festive? Give this yummy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats a try – it’s one of my favorite ‘everyday’ rice krispie treats to make outside the holiday season!

Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

Peppermint rice krispie treats are the perfect holiday and Christmas snack and dessert. Something about these peppermint patties or candy canes just bring about a festive spirit.

Because of that we also call them Christmas rice krispie treats, holiday rice krispie treats, candy cane rice krispie treats…

Basically the idea is a traditional rice krispie treats that we all know and love with a touch of Christmas holiday spirit. Yummy AND with a whole lot of festive fun!

We make peppermint rice krispie treats all the time during the Christmas season and give them out as gifts as well since they are pretty cute – and it’s not a whole lot of work to make them look cute.

Here’s why they are so easy to make:

  • no baking involved – just melt marshmallows and toss rice krispie cereal in it and let it harden
  • simple, pantry-friendly ingredients – no fancy, complicated ingredients. In fact, you probably have most of them in your home!
  • ready under 45 minutes – including cooling time!


Here are the ingredients you will need to make these Christmas peppermint rice krispie treats:

Peppermint Rice krispie treats topped with chocolate drizzle, chocolate drizzle, and crushed peppermint patties
  • Rice Krispie cereal – you can use the brand name or off-brands; both turn out great.
  • Mini marshmallows – mini marshmallows melt faster. If using larger marshmallows, cut into smaller pieces before melting.
  • Peppermint patty candies – crushed peppermint candies is the final topping. Any brand or off-brand will work well. Candy cane works as well. This final topping makes these treat perfect for any holiday festivity.
  • Salted butter – salted butter helps to enhance the flavors of these peppermint rice krispie treats. If you only have unsalted butter on hand, you can add a pinch of salt when melting the butter.
  • Vanilla extract – vanilla extract plays a supporting role in this recipe. It helps to enhance the next ingredient. Pure vanilla extract has the best flavor.
  • Peppermint extract – peppermint is just one to those flavors that goes along with the holiday season. Be careful not to use too much as it has a very strong flavor. Mint extract can be used as a substitute.
  • Milk chocolate – chocolate is a perfect complement to the peppermint flavor. A little drizzle on top of the treats makes them perfect for any Christmas occasion be it a party, a gift, or an after dinner treat.
  • White chocolate – white chocolate not only adds to the Christmas party spirit, but it also gives another layer of flavor that makes these peppermint rice krispie treats pop.
  • Vegetable oil – adding vegetable oil to the chocolate chips helps give the melted chocolate a smooth consistency perfect for drizzling.

How to Make It

Here are step-by-step pictures and instructions to make peppermint rice krispie treats:

Melt marshmallows

In a pot, melt butter, then add marshmallows, vanilla extract and mint extract.

Reduce heat to medium low, and stir continuously until marshmallows are fully melted.

Melting mini marshmallows in a pot

Toss Rice Krispies in Melted Marshmallows

Once marshmallows are melted, remove from heat and add rice krispies.

Coat rice krispies with melted marshmallow mixture.

Tossing rice krispies in melted marshmallows

Shape in Pan

Add sticky rice krispie treats into a greased 8’x8′ pan. You can use a 9’x13′ pan too – peppermint rice krispie treats will just be thinner.

Gently press peppermint rice krispie treats into the pan using your hands. Avoid pressing too hard and overpacking the peppermint rice krispie treats.

If it is overpack, it’ll be hard to slice into later.

Melt Chocolate

Bring chocolate chips (or regular chocolate) and 1/2 tsp vegetable oil into a small bowl. Melt in microwave set at 50% power for 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted

Repeat the same process for white chocolate chips.

Add Toppings

Drizzle the top of Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats with melted chocolate and melted white chocolate, then top with crushed peppermint patties or candy cane.

Drizzling rice krispie treats with dark chocolate and white chocolate, then topping them with crushed peppermint candy

Slice and Serve

Last but not least, after it sits for ~30 minutes, cut it peppermint rice krispie treats into smaller squares.

Then serve and enjoy these delicious festive Christmas holiday treats!

Christmas rice krispie treats squares lined up

Storage Instructions

Peppermint rice krispie treats can be stored in an air tight container in room temperature for up to 5 days.

It’s best NOT to be stored in refrigerator because it will harden significantly and will be difficult to bite into.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I melt regular chocolate instead of chocolate chips?

Yes! Either works just fine!

Can I use candy cane instead of peppermint patties?

Yes! Crush them up just like you would the peppermint patties and they’ll work just fine!

My fingers stick to the rice krispies when pressing them down onto the pan, what can I do to prevent that?

Spray vegetable oil onto fingers before touching the rice krispie treats to prevent them from sticking to fingers

Why are my rice krispie treats so hard?

1) Pressing them too hard into the pan and overpacking rice krispie treats can make them hard and hard to cut into.
2) Over cooking the marshmallow mixture can cause that too. Instead, melt marshmallow on medium low heat and once it is melted remove from heat promptly.

nine square pieces of rice krispie treats topped with chocolate drizzle, white chocolate drizzle, and crushed candy cane

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A stack of peppermint rice krispie treats with Christmas holiday decor in the background

Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

These festive Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats are basically traditional rice krispie treats made with gooey marshmallow, and topped with melted chocolate, melted white chocolate and peppermint patties or candy cane. Such a fun treat for the Christmas holidays!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 240kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 6 tbsp salted butter
  • 10 oz mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 5 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil divided
  • 1/2 cup peppermint patties crushed


  • Heat a large pot under medium heat and add butter until melted.
  • Lower heat to low/ medium low. Add marshmallows, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Stir continuously until mixture is combined and marshmallows have dissolved.
  • Remove from heat. Fold in Rice Krispie cereal.
  • Grease a 8 x 8 pan and fill with sticky Rice Krispie mixture. Spread to fill the pan without packing in the cereal. It would be more difficult to cut if it is packed in.
  • In separate bowls, melt milk chocolate and white chocolate by mixing the each of the chips with 1/2 tsp vegetable oil. Melt in microwave set at 50% power for 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds. Continue until chocolate and white chocolate are melted.
  • Drizzle the melted milk chocolate and white chocolate on top of the Rice Krispies.
  • Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.
  • Let sit and cool for 30 minutes. Cut into squares.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 953IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These rice krispie treats are so yummy and festive. I love the finishing touch with crushed peppermint! It’s perfect.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! Glad to hear that!