Crispy Christmas Cottages

Crispy Christmas Cottages

The individual cottages can be served as a special treat or decorated as table placeholders for your holiday gathering.

60 min. prep time
12 cottages
535 Ratings


5 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
1 (10.5 ounce) bag (6 cups) miniature fruit-flavored marshmallows*
9 cups toasted rice cereal
12 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)
Sweetened flaked coconut
Decorator sugars and candies


Line 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges. Lightly spray with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Combine butter and marshmallows in 4-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6-8 minutes or until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Add cereal; stir to coat. Place mixture into prepared pan; press mixture evenly into pan with buttered hands. Cool completely.

Place candy coating into 2-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.

Lift bars from pan, using ends of foil. Trim bar edges to form 12x8-inch rectangle. Cut bars into 24 (2-inch) squares. Cut 12 squares diagonally, making 2 triangles each. Firmly press together, longest-side down, to form roof.

Creating 1 house at a time, dip top of 1 cereal square into melted candy coating; shake off excess. Place onto waxed paper. Press roof into candy coating to create house. Spoon additional candy coating over peaks of roof to frost. Decorate with coconut, decorator sugars and/or decorator candies. Let stand 1 hour or until coating is set.

Serve cottages the day you make them or store wrapped individually in aluminum foil for up to 1 day.


*Substitute 1 (10-ounce) bag (36) regular-sized marshmallows.

Variation:   Chocolate Cottages: Use chocolate-flavored crisp rice cereal for chocolate cottages.

Recipe Tip

- For a fun way to serve cottages, sprinkle large platter with coconut; top with decorated cottages.

- For ease of cutting cereal mixture, prepare no more than 2 hours before cottages are assembled.

- Candy coating is available in cubes, bars and wafers. It can be melted in the microwave; check package for directions. Use leftover melted candy coating to dip pretzels, dried fruit, nuts, etc.

Nutrition Facts (1 cottage without decorations)

Calories: 400

Fat: 14g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 220mg

Carbohydrates: 58g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #14260©2008Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

The shapes of the pieces are cubes (bases) and triangular prisms (roofs). Very easy:-)
a diagram would be very helpful
for 12 houses we have 24 squares, half cut into triangles. this gives only 1 square and 2 triangles per house. is this an error?
not clear how to assemble from this, even with the comments
Love this idea as building gingerbread houses is challenging for little ones, especially when it collapses. Give comments here, might suggest you split out recipe from construction directions like I've done for gingerbread houses,
I think what needs to be explained is on the 12x8 in rectangle , on the 8in side cut into 4 2in pieces the whole length of the pan. You will have 4 long 12 x 2 in pieces then cut the 12 in pieces into 6 2in squares. I hope this helps some people. I love this recipe! Thanks for posting it!!!
I made this recipe. it was super fun, I did it with my little brother and sister and one of their friends, They had a ball. I think the directions made a lot of sense. Ours arent as cute but its because the kids are pretty young and kind of went crazy decorating but il definitely make them again!
Hey everyone! The "base" of the cottage is a CUBE! As in, 2x2x2" It's solid. And the two triangles are the roof. It's works great, once you realize that. I love them! No falling over possible when the whole house is one solid piece!
Test Kitchen Comment


Thanks, Kara! I'm glad you like them.
Posted December 20, 2012
Is there a reason for making them so small? Will they not hold if done bigger?
Test Kitchen Comment


The cottages need to be this size in order to have the yield of 12 cottages. Since the cereal mixture is cut into a cube shape the cottages are quite sturdy.
Posted December 20, 2012
I made these for my daughters 1st grade Christmas class. I thought 2 inches was too small and they were only about an inch and half I doubled the recipe put it in a 13x9 in. pan, trimmed it to 12X8 then cut it into 12 squares instead of 24. I got 6 perfect sized houses to decorate.
The instructions for assembly are too vague. We could not figure it out. Disappointed kids. :(
Test Kitchen Comment


Sorry for the directions not not clear. Cut the cereal mixture into a 12x8-inch rectangles to even the sides. Then cut into 24 squares. Twelve squares will be the base of the cottages. Cut each of the remaining 12 squares into 2 triangles. Place 2 triangles together with the longest side together. Dip that edge in melted white candy coating and then place onto the square for the base of a cottage. Then decorate each cottage as desired.
Posted December 17, 2012
So confused at how to assemble cottages to make them look like the picture. Mine look nothing like it. Also confused about how this recipe can possible make 12 cottages with only 24 squares. Anyone???
Test Kitchen Comment


Twelve squares are used for the base of the cottages and then 12 squares are each cut diagonally to form 2 triangles. Two triangles are placed together with the longest edge down. Place that edge into melted candy coating and then onto the top of one square cottage base.
Posted December 17, 2012

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