Christmas Crunch Bars

These are a fun twist on the traditional rice krispies treat, all done up for Christmas!

We did a thing this weekend. A thing that most of you will not approve of.

We decorated for Christmas.

Look. I know that Thanksgiving is still coming. I’m well aware. I love Thanksgiving! It’s delicious and warm and fuzzy and I celebrate it every year, just like most of you.

I just don’t decorate for it. By the time November rolls around, I’m over the pumpkins. I’m ready for the brightly colored trees and the magic of Christmas lights.

Don’t hate me, okay?

Anyway, this year I decided to get my boys in on the decorating fun for two reasons – 1.) I needed someone to carry all the heavy boxes for me and 2.) I’ve accumulated an entire storage room full of Christmas decor and putting it all up takes for. ev. er.

So, I needed reinforcements.

These are a fun twist on the traditional rice krispies treat, all done up for Christmas!

I plied my boys with Christmas goodies and they were happy to help! This is such a fun way to start the magic of the season together as a family!

I whipped up my cookie dough fudge, Oreo fudge, and candy buttons for the occasion, along with these Christmas cereal bars.

What a delicious way to start the season!

These cereal bars are pretty similar to rice krispies treats, but I swapped in Chex cereal here. You can use corn or rice Chex.

You’ll melt your butter and marshmallows, pour in the cereal, and then add some red and green sprinkles and m&m candies. So easy and super festive!

My kids liked these even better than a traditional rice krispies treat and that’s saying a lot. We’re RKT fanatics around this house. I mean, have you tried my browned butter rice krispies treats?

They are my most popular recipe with friends and family. I bake cookies and brownies for a living and people are always requesting I bring rice krispies treats to get-togethers. Ha.

Anyway! I hope you guys enjoy these easy treats this year! Fa la la la la!

Should I come back in February with a Valentine’s version??

Christmas Crunch Cereal Bars

Prep Time 2 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 7 mins
Serves 16 bars     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 10 ounces marshmallows
  • 6 cups Chex cereal, rice or corn variety
  • 3/4 cup red and green m&m candies, divided
  • 2 tablespoons red and green nonpareils, divided

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, heat the butter and marshmallows until melted together, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  2. Stir in the Chex cereal, 1 tablespoon of sprinkles, and half of the m&m candies, being careful not to break the cereal too much.
  3. Press the mixture into a parchment lined 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining sprinkles and candy over the top. 
  4. Use a piece of wax paper sprayed with non-stick spray to press the cereal bars tightly into the pan.
  5. Let set for 30 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 168kcal Calories from fat 53
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 17g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g