Chocolate Rice Krispies ‘Gingerbread’ Men


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Chocolate Rice Krispies Gingerbread Men on a white countertop

Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats make an easy base for these non-gingerbread chocolate “gingerbread” men.

I was set on decorating gingerbread men with Molly and Clara this year, but there’s been plenty of classic cookie baking around here to last us through the season. I thought we’d keep this one simple. Minimum fuss. Maximum crunchy Chocolate Rice Krispies eating.

decorating Chocolate Rice Krispies Gingerbread Men

If you’ve ever made Rice Krispies (or even if you haven’t), these are easy peasy. I used this tip from Francois Payard and added some cocoa powder to the mix. The extra cocoa isn’t necessary, but it gives that butter + marshmallow mix extra chocolate flavor.

Just melt it with the butter in a large nonstick pan. And add marshmallows for chocolate gingerbread men.

stirring melted marshmallows and cocoa powder

stirring melted marshmallows in a skillet

Add chocolate chips and Rice Krispies.

stirring rice krispies and chocolate chips into melted marshmallows

The key to forming these into shapes is nonstick cooking spray. That mix up there gets super sticky, but nonstick cooking spray (or even a bit of melted butter) will keep them from sicking.

  1. Spray the inside of your cookie cutters with nonstick cooking spray. It helps to spray a bit on your hands too.
  2. Spread out a big piece of wax paper and place the cookie cutters on top.
  3. Spread the marshmallow-cereal mixture into the top of the cookie cutters, pressing it into corners.
  4. Gently pull the cookie cutters away.
  5. Let the Chocolate Rice Krispies cool until set, ~30 minutes.
  6. Decorate!

using cookie cutters to cut out chocolate gingerbread men

Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats shapes on a sheet pan

I made these a day ahead so they were ready for decorating when we were.

Molly decorating Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats Gingerbread Men

Clara decorating Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats chocolate Gingerbread Men

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Chocolate Rice Krispies 'Gingerbread' Men

Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats make an easy base for these non-gingerbread "gingerbread" men.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 15


  • Large Non-Stick Saucepan
  • Wax Paper
  • Half Sheet Pan
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • Cookie Cutters


  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder, unsweetened (optional)
  • 1 10 oz bag Marshmallows (see note)
  • 6 cups Crisp Rice Cereal
  • 1/4 cup Mini Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Icing, sprinkles and candy for decorating


  • Before starting line a sheet pan with wax paper. Set out cookie cutters.
  • In a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat, combine butter and cocoa powder. Stir until melted.
  • Add marshmallows and keep stirring until melted, 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in cereal and chocolate chips until fully combined.
  • Spray hands and cookie cutters with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Working quickly (the mixture will be harder to work with as it sets), press marshmallow-cereal mixture into the top of each cookie cutter. Be sure to press the mixture into the corners of each cutter. Lift the cookie cutters away. Repeat with all of the remaining mixture.
  • Allow treats to cool until fully set, ~30 minutes.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Decorate with icing, sprinkles and candy as you'd like!


Mini marshmallows work best for fast, even melting, but regular marshmallows will work fine as well.
Adapted from Chocolate Rice Krispies.


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.50
Calories: 80
Keyword: Christmas, make with kids
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  1. Hi just a question I am wanting to sell these at my craft market and Im needing to know how long do these last TIA Kathy

  2. Chocolate is my favorite dish, so this dish I will try to satisfy my taste. Thanks for the author’s share

  3. 5 stars
    This definitely is a wonderful recipe! Nothing is better than gingerbread men according to my kids. Thanks for sharing.

  4. 5 stars
    What a clever idea for Christmas cookies and entertaining your girls. I make Rice Crispy treats ever year for Christmas, but never thought of cutting them out with cookie cutters. I’ll have to give it a try. So yet another cookie to go on our Julbord this year.