Cheerio Christmas Trees

"A creative take on a classic marshmallow treat. As a kid, I loved to help my mom make and decorate them."
photo by Stephanie Z. photo by Stephanie Z.
photo by Stephanie Z.
photo by Stephanie Z. photo by Stephanie Z.
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  • Heat butter in 3-quart saucepan.
  • Add marshmallows.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Remove from heat; stir in food color and vanilla.
  • Fold in cereal until evenly coated.
  • Quickly shape warm cereal mixture into Christmas tree shapes (about 2/3 cup per tree) on waxed paper, using buttered hands.
  • Cut gumdrops into thins slice.
  • Press gumdrop slices sticky side onto trees for "ornaments".

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  1. Baking Bunny
    Unfortunately, these didn't turn out as great as I was hoping. They were super cute, but the taste was lacking and my kids refused to eat them (which is a big shocker in my house!). If I were to attempt again I would suggest making regular rice crispy bars and tinting them green and using the spice drops as decoration.
  2. Beansy
    Helped my grandson make these. So fun and tasty too!! Thank You!!
  3. froglet
    great stuff. My kids loved decorating them. I used mini candy-covered chocolates (mini M&M's/smarties) instead of gumdrops, they stuck wel! And a star-shaped chocolate on top of each one. I found that using hands dipped in cold water worked well for shaping, and less messy than butter. I first did a rough shape, then re-shaped them a little once they had cooled slightly, which worked well. THanks for a brillant, easy, kid-pleaser recipe!
  4. WI Cheesehead
    You guys must all be pretty talented to get those Christmas trees to keep shape! My kids had fun making them, but they were pretty misshapen trees! :) I might try Rice Krispies to see if it's easier to work with. Very easy to make besides my inability to form trees very well.
  5. kylsgurl3235
    This recipe is so cute! I made this and printed out the directions for our ladies Christmas in July craft show and they were a big hit! Everyone loved them! Thanks so much for this idea!



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