No-Bake Reindeer Poop Cookies

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These Reindeer Poop Cookies will make kids and adults snicker while also being your new favorite no-bake Christmas cookie!

pile of 3 chocolate reindeer poop cookies.

Reindeer Poop Recipe

Filled with chewy caramels, marshmallows, rice krispies, and a deep chocolatey flavor, these Reindeer Poop cookies are sure to be a hit.

I’m not a big fan of rice krispie treats (I’m sure that will ruffle some feathers) but throw in chocolate and caramel and I’m in!

This little sweet treat is so good and a welcome addition to the Christmas cookies line-up.

Not only do they appeal to my immature, childlike self (💩💩), but we all really loved them.

Why you’ll love this Reindeer Poop recipe

No bake Christmas cookie – When you’re prepping a cookie tray, it’s nice to have some no-bake options while the oven is full. This easy recipe fits the bill.

Simple ingredients – You only need a few ingredients that you may already have on hand.

Fun for kids – Not only will this fun reindeer poop cookie make your kids smile, they’ll request them because they’re so good!

Because it’s a no bake cookie recipe, they’re the perfect way to have little hands help.

green bowl filled with reindeer poop cookies.

Equipment you’ll need

  • Cookie Scoop – I used a 1.5 Tablespoon (#50 scoop) for these.
  • Baking Sheets – I prefer lipped baking sheets, even though these cookies shouldn’t roll around. Better safe than sorry.
  • Medium Bowl – If you want to make this recipe in the microwave instead of on the stovetop, you’ll need a medium or large bowl, just make sure it is microwave safe.
overhead shot of labeled ingredients to make reindeer poop cookies.


Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • Chocolate Chips – I personally like Ghirardelli baking chips in the bittersweet 60% cacao (I love dark chocolate). It melts nicely and had great chocolate flavor. You can definitely use a semi-sweet or even a milk chocolate, your cookies will just be lighter in color.
  • Caramels – I find the Kraft caramel squares to melt really well (much better than the caramel bits). They come wrapped but having the kids help unwrap them is a great way to get them involved.
  • Marshmallows – You’ll need about 5 ounces of marshmallows. I use mini marshmallows (which is about half a bag or 2 cups) because I find them to melt quicker, but full size will work.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted will work. I recommend salted butter to balance the sweet.
  • Vanilla Extract – When you only have a few ingredients in a recipe, it becomes all the more important to use high quality ingredients for the best end result. I know vanilla is pricey but if possible, use pure vanilla extract instead of imitation.
  • Crispy Rice Cereal – You can go name brand with Rice Krispies or use the store brand.

How to make Reindeer Poop Cookies

  1. STEP ONE: First, in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and caramel squares, stirring frequently, until smooth.
  2. STEP TWO: Stir in the marshmallows, chocolate chips, and vanilla, continuing to stir until fully melted and smooth.
  3. STEP THREE: Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the crispy rice cereal until evenly coated.
  4. STEP FOUR: Use a cookie scoop (or a tablespoon) to drop the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper and press the mixture into neat little piles, if needed.
  5. STEP FIVE: Let set at room temperature (or move to the fridge to speed up the process) and then enjoy!
collage of 2 photos showing the melting of chocolate and marshmallows.

What to serve with Reindeer Poop Cookies

If you want to stick with the reindeer theme, I also make super cute reindeer cookies, melted reindeer bark, and a drunk Rudolph milkshake.

They go well on a dessert platter with a variety of Christmas treats for people to pick and choose from.

Some other great recipes include: chocolate dipped butter cookies, dark chocolate stars, Rolo pretzels, peppermint sugar cookies, and peanut butter haystacks. Also check out my collection of classic Christmas cookies!

If you have leftover rice krispies, make these chocolate peanut butter rice krispie balls or no bake avalanche cookies.

Microwave Instructions

If you don’t want to use the stovetop, you can melt everything in the microwave.

Make sure you use a microwave safe bowl, heat in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, and then proceed with the recipe as instructed.

Alternatively, you could use a double boiler or even the slow cooker to melt everything together, if you prefer.

How to store Reindeer Poop Cookies

How to store leftovers

Store leftover cookies in an airtight container or large zip top bag.

How long will they keep?

About a week when stored properly at room temperature.

Can I freeze them?

Yes, these cookies are basically a kicked-up version of a rice krispy treat, which freeze well.

Store them in a large freezer bag with the air pressed out for up to 3 months.

Move them to room temperature at least an hour before you want to serve them.

plate of chocolate reindeer poop rice krispie cookies.


How many cookies does this make?

Using a medium cookie scoop, this makes approximately 32 cookies.

Which caramels should I use?

I find that the Kraft individually wrapped caramels work best.

If you buy that large bag, make some Millionaire Bars with the leftovers.

More fun holiday treats

Snowman Oreo Truffles

Snowman Poop

Santa Hat Cupcakes

Christmas Brownies

Click here for my entire collection of Christmas recipes.

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Reindeer Poop Cookies

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
These Reindeer Poop Cookies will make kids and adults snicker while also being your new favorite no-bake Christmas cookie!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 32 cookies
Calories 98 kcal


  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 20 squares caramels unwrapped (I use Kraft brand)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows about 5 ounces
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips Ghirardelli 60% cacao
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the butter and caramel squares. Heat until melted and smooth, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and vanilla, continuing to stir frequently until fully melted and incorporated.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the crispy rice cereal until evenly coated.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop (1.5 TB) to portion out the cookies to the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Chill for approximately 30 minutes and then enjoy!



I recommend Kraft caramels (they come individually wrapped).
Ghirardelli 60% baking chips were used but milk or semi-sweet can be subbed.
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week.


Serving: 1gCalories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 0.2mg

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  1. Robert says

    5 stars
    The whole family loves these! Just the right amount of chocolate & chewiness.

  2. Kenyetta says

    5 stars
    This is so cool. I’m going to try this out with my nieces and nephews they’re gonna love it

  3. Nanci Douglas says

    These certainly look interesting but not sure their for me, as I am not much of a chocolate lover. And with no children around I think I will wait for your additional Christmas recipes to be posted. I have made several favourites over this last year. Thank you so much for sharing your delightful recipes with us!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Chocolate is my favorite but I agree, if you’d rather other flavors, I have some good ones coming up that will be better suited to you 🙂

  4. Teresa Lass says

    5 stars
    How easy & delicious is this cute Reindeer Poop recipe?!? Perfect for a Christmas cookie exchange! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  5. Annie P says

    Omg, I love this. My husband thinks it’s funny but gross. I can’t wait to make these with my kids. They will get a kick out of it.

  6. Cindy Burrell says

    5 stars
    Poop! When my son (he’s an adult now) was little, he thought poop was the funniest word ever! I can still hear those sweet giggles! What a special treat to make with your children, grandchildren, or a friend’s child. I have many wonderful memories of cooking with my son. He loved helping me cook. Get your kids involved!

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’d love to bottle those giggles ♥ Luckily my kids love joining me in the kitchen.

  7. Angie says

    These look delicious and so easy!

  8. libby rouse says

    Oh I know my family will love these cookies, all their favorite ingredients, and the name Reindeer Poop will forever live in our Christmas cooking traditions!

  9. Shelly Rustad says

    I love eating reindeer poop! Never thought I’d be saying that…🤣

  10. Leslie says

    Judging from the photos, these treats are aptly named. Also, I second your opinion on lipped baking sheets. Whenever I watch British Bake-off, someone always loses his/her bake when it slides off the pan. One wonders why they don’t use one with a lip.

    • Melissa Williams says

      I love British Bake-Off! Tonight I was making some breadsticks & didn’t follow my own lipped pan advice and wound up having to clean the burnt butter out of the bottom of the oven when they were done lol

  11. Mary T Morris says

    I have never heard of Reindeer Poop cookies, but, after reading the recipe, I will be making these. I will also share these with family and friends!

  12. Vivian Lopez-Rivero says

    I’m going to make these and leave them by the plate of cookies for Santa and tell the kids look what the Reindeers left you. LOL.

  13. Sharon Knight says

    I’m going to give these a try this weekend! My grandson will love the name of them!

  14. Lorraine says

    5 stars
    I made these with my grandchildren. They loved the cookies and the name. They had so much fun.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Happy to hear that! Thanks, Lorraine 🙂

  15. Pegi Weber says

    5 stars
    Love your recipes I hope I’m following you not sure
    Do you make the reindeer poop cookies in a double broiler

    • Melissa Williams says

      I do not, my method is outlined above, but you definitely could.

  16. A Fuentes says

    No amounts for all ingredients! Frustrating!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Of course there are amounts – you scrolled past the recipe card to leave this comment 🙂 There’s also a “jump to recipe” button right at the top of the page that takes you directly to it.

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