Lump of Coal Rice Krispie Treats Recipe (2024)

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Everyone remembers the old story about Santa leaving a lump of coal in your stocking if you are on the naughty list. This year, you can leave these Lump Of Coal Rice Krispie Treats instead! Your kids will love finding a delicious snack in their stocking and you get to have fun with the story of telling them they are on the naughty list.

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This recipe for Lump of Coal Rice Krispie Treats is super easy to make. It’s a basic rice cereal and marshmallow treat recipe with the addition of my favorite cookie, Oreo’s. With crushed Oreo cookies and some black food coloring, you can turn a plain rice Krispie treats into a little lump of coal. This recipe is perfect for sharing around the holiday season.

If you want to use less food coloring and you have Cocoa Krispies and Chocolate Oreos available, then try our Double Chocolate Lump of Coal Rice Krispie Treats Recipe.

Lump of Coal Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3cups miniature marshmallows or 30 large marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 4cups ricecereal (reduce to 3 cups if you want softer coal)
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed Oreo cookies, loosely packed (best to leave the filling in the cookies)
  • 4 – 10 dropsblack gel food coloring(enough to turn the melted marshmallows black. The amount required will dependon the brand you use). We have found this super black gel food coloris able to darken the marshmallow with the fewest drops.

Directions:

1. In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, heat your marshmallows and butter for 60-90 seconds. Until the butter and marshmallow are melted.
2. Stir your marshmallows and mix in your food coloring until you achieve the desired color.

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3. Now mix in your rice cereal and the crushed Oreo cookies. Use a heavy metal spoon as it is quite hard to stir all of the Rice Krispies.

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4. Let sit for about 5 minutes until your marshmallows cool down
6. Use a tablespoon to scoop out your treats onto a piece of parchment paper.

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7. Let cool for 20 – 30 minutes.
8. Pack your treats a little more tightly by using your hands.

The final product will be harder, denser, and drier than your traditional Rice Krispies treats,but the Oreos will make it more flavorful.

Note about color: Some people have found that their food dye did not do an adequate job of coloring the Rice Krispies treats. One of my friends had this happen to her and she used Wilton Black Color Mist to give them an extra coat of black color of her lumps of coal.

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This is such a fun idea for Christmas! Make these lump of coal Rice Krispie treats and store in paper bags marked with “coal” on the outside. Slip them inside your kids’ stockings or gift them to your friends and family as a fun anddelicious holiday treat.

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Lump of Coal Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

This fun Christmas dessert is made by shaping chocolate Rice Krispie Treats into the shape of lumps of coal.

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Keyword Lump of Coal Rice Krispie Treats

Servings 24

Author Alea Milham

Ingredients

  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Tablespoons butter
  • 3 - 4 cups rice cereal use 3 cups for softer "coal"
  • cups crushed Oreo cookies loosely packed (best to leave the filling in)
  • 4 - 10 drops black gel food coloring

Instructions

  • In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, heat your marshmallows and butter for 60-90 seconds.

  • Stir your marshmallows and mix in your food coloring until you achieve the desired color.

  • Mix in your rice cereal and crushed Oreo cookies.

  • Let sit for about 5 minutes until your marshmallows cool down.

  • Use a tablespoon to scoop out your treats onto a piece of parchment paper.

  • Cool for 20 - 30 minutes.

  • Pack your treats a little more tightly by using your hands.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner of Premeditated Leftovers and the author of Prep-Ahead Meals from Scatch. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.

Comments

  1. Donna @ Modern on Monticello says

    Lump of Coal Rice Krispie Treats Recipe (12)
    Such a fun new way to make these! Kids and adults will love them. This post will be a feature this week. Thanks for sharing it. #HomeMattersParty

    Reply

  2. Sarah Hill says

    How long do they last for?

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  3. Sophia says

    Can you freeze these?

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  4. Jess says

    Is it really just 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of butter? Why so little butter? (lol). I know these are not your “normal” rice krispy treats, and although Im used to making regular rice krispy treats, this doesn’t seem like its enough butter?

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    • Alea Milham says

      Since we leave the filling in the Oreos, you don’t need as much butter.

      Reply

  5. Lauren says

    Lump of Coal Rice Krispie Treats Recipe (14)
    Thank you! I came here specifically looking for a tip on the oreo creme center and i liked that you mentioned to keep it in there. The food coloring tip was a life saver. I had 2 separate brands that didnt work at all. One turned it blue and the other light grey.

    Reply

  6. Emily says

    Does it matter if you use salted or unsalted butter?

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    • Alea Milham says

      No, it doesn’t.

      Reply

  7. Julie C says

    These turned out great! Very easy and they look like perfect lumps of coal! I used Wilton Color Right base black – part of their performance color system (which I don’t have). It took A LOT of the food coloring but it turned out!

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  8. Cathy says

    How crushed should the oreos be? Should they be small crumbs like when put into a food processor? Or just crushed by hand with larger pieces of crumbs?
    Thanks!

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    • Alea Milham says

      I crushed them by hand.

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  9. Lauren says

    Can I use regular black food coloring instead of gel? I understand the results will vary but I plan on buying the black food mist as well, just wanted to know if the regular food coloring will work at all.

    Every year we do a Christmas treat exchange with my husbands family- these are gonna be a hit!?

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    • Alea Milham says

      Yes, you can.

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