Grumpy Grinchy Marshmallow Treats


These easy marshmallow treats are sure to transport you back to childhood. Be sure to make this yummy marshmallow dessert recipe in time for Christmas!

Grumpy Grinchy Marshmallow Treats
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
24 bars


  • cup butter

  • 2 10 ounce pkg. tiny marshmallows

  • 2 13 ounce jars marshmallow creme

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon green liquid food coloring

  • 15 cup crisp rice cereal

  • ¼ cup green colored sugar

  • Red heart-shape candies


  1. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Lightly butter foil; set pan aside.

  2. In a 6- to 8-qt. Dutch oven melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until melted. Stir in marshmallow creme, vanilla, and salt. Remove from heat. Stir in green food coloring. Set aside 1 cup of the marshmallow mixture. Gently stir cereal into remaining marshmallow mixture.

  3. Transfer cereal mixture to the prepared pan; use buttered waxed paper to press firmly into pan. Coat an offset spatula with nonstick cooking spray and use it to spread reserved marshmallow mixture over cereal layer; top with green sugar and candies.*

  4. Weight cookies down to press the layers together.** Let stand overnight. Use edges of foil to lift uncut bars out of pan. Transfer to a cutting board. Using a buttered knife, cut into bars.

To Store:

Wrap bars individually in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.


If you can't find red heart-shape candies, make your own. Melt red candy coating discs according to package directions. Spread in a 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick layer on a sheet of waxed paper. Let stand until set. Use a small heart-shape cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. Place on bars. (Or use a tube of purchased red frosting fitted with a plain tip to pipe hearts on bars after cutting into bars.)


To weight the cookies down, cover the surface with a sheet of buttered waxed paper and a sheet of foil. Place another 13x9-inch baking pan on top of cookies; add a few unopened cans of food to the top pan for weight.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

284 Calories
3g Fat
62g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 284
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 7.5mg 38%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 4.5mg 25%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Folate, total 100.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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