These Reindeer Poop Cookies will make kids and adults snicker while also being your new favorite no-bake Christmas cookie!
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.
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.
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
- STEP ONE: First, in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and caramel squares, stirring frequently, until smooth.
- STEP TWO: Stir in the marshmallows, chocolate chips, and vanilla, continuing to stir until fully melted and smooth.
- STEP THREE: Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the crispy rice cereal until evenly coated.
- 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.
- STEP FIVE: Let set at room temperature (or move to the fridge to speed up the process) and then enjoy!
What to serve with Reindeer Poop Cookies
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, peppermint sugar cookies, and peanut butter haystacks. Also check out my collection of classic Christmas cookies!
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.
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
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