Red, White & Delicious: Celebrate with 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats!

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This summer, celebrate with these easy, no-bake 4th of July Rice Krispie treats. Decked out in red, white, and blue, these delightful snacks are not only festive but incredibly simple to make, making them the perfect addition to any patriotic celebration.

These vibrant red, white, and blue treats are cut into adorable star shapes. Whether you’re heading to a family BBQ, a neighborhood potluck, or just enjoying a quiet day at home, these Rice Krispie treats are a guaranteed hit.

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With no oven time required and minimal effort, you can make a batch in no time. These are a perfect no-bake dessert that kids can help make. So enjoy the ooey-gooey goodness of these patriotic homemade treats and watch them disappear.

In this post, I’ll walk through the step-by-step process of creating these festive goodies. From melting marshmallows to the final sprinkle flourish, I’ve got all the tips and tricks to make your Rice Krispie stars the highlight of the holiday. 

Looking for more patriotic desserts for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July? Try my patriotic cheesecake parfait, American flag cake, or red, white, and blue pizookie

🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Unsalted butter
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • White frosting acts as the ‘glue’ in the star-spangled sandwich.
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • Sprinkles
ingredients for rice krispie treats

🥣How to Make 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats

  1. Prepare two 9×13-inch baking dishes by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Split the marshmallows and butter between two bowls. Microwave each bowl for 1-2 minutes until everything’s melted, and stir until smooth.
  3. Use food coloring to make one bowl red and the other blue, stirring until you’ve got a uniform color. Keep adding color until you like the shades you have.
  4. Gently fold the rice cereal into the bowls and mix until it’s completely coated.
  5. Press the red mixture into one baking dish and the blue mixture into the other. Press down with coated hands or a spatula for an even layer.
  6. Add sprinkles, then let them sit for 40 minutes until set.
  7. Once they’re set, use a star cookie cutter to make as many stars as possible. Then, use the white icing to combine a red and blue treat for a red, white, and blue sandwich. 
marshmallow and unsalted butter in a bowl
Melt the marshmallows and butter.
marshmallow mixture with red food coloring in a bowl
Add food coloring.
rice cereal with red marshmallow mixture in a bowl
Add cereal.
red rice krispie treats in a bowl
Fold to combine.

🍴Serving Ideas

When serving up these patriotic munchies, the sky’s the limit! Whether hosting a patriotic party or bringing a dish to a potluck, these treats are sure to be a hit. 

💭How to Store

If you have leftovers, store them at room temperature in an airtight container. Refrigeration can make them soggy

If you need to stack them, put a piece of parchment paper or wax paper between the layers to prevent them from sticking. Rice Krispie treats are best enjoyed within a few days, so share the love! 

A plate of red and blue star shaped rice krispie treats.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Microwave the butter and marshmallows in 30-second increments, stirring after each.
  • Use fresh marshmallows, as old ones don’t melt well. Buy a new bag if your marshmallows are leftover from last summer’s campfire s’mores!
  • To get a brighter color, use gel food coloring instead of liquid. It’s more concentrated, so you’ll get vibrant colors without changing the texture of the marshmallow mixture.
  • A little cooking spray on your hands or a spatula will make pressing the mixture into pans much less sticky.
  • Dip your cookie cutter in cooking spray between cuts to prevent it from sticking and ensure clean, sharp edges on your stars.
  • You don’t have to turn these 4th of July Rice Krispie treats into stars or make them into sandwiches. Just cut out squares and arrange them in an alternating pattern on a platter if you are in a hurry.

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4th of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Published By Anne
Packed with gooey marshmallows and bursts of red, white, and blue, these Rice Krispie treats are the perfect no-bake treat to add some patriotic flair to your summer celebrations.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Resting time40 minutes
Total Time58 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients
 

  • 8 tablespoons butter divided
  • 12 cups mini marshmallows divided
  • 8 cups rice cereal divided
  • 16 ounces white frosting
  • Blue and red food coloring
  • Red, white, and blue sprinkles

Instructions

  • Spray two 9 x 13-inch baking dishes with nonstick spray.
  • Place half the marshmallows and half the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl.
    12 cups mini marshmallows, 8 tablespoons butter
  • Microwave one bowl in 30 second increments, stirring after each, until the marshmallows and butter are melted. Mix so the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the red food coloring to the bowl and mix till you get the desired color.
    Blue and red food coloring
  • Add half the cereal to the bowl. Fold the cereal into the colored marshmallow mix. Continue folding until thoroughly combined.
    8 cups rice cereal
  • Spray your hands with cooking spray, then spread and press the cereal mixture into one of the prepared baking dishes. Press down evenly to cover the entire pan with an even layer. Top with sprinkles.
  • Repeat steps 2 through 6 with the blue food coloring. Let both baking pans sit for 40 minutes so the treats can set.
  • Once they are set, use a 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutter and cut out as many stars as you can from the red and blue Krispies treats.
  • Add the frosting to a Ziploc bag and cut a small piece of the end off. Add a small bit of frosting in the middle of the unsprinkled side of one of the treats. Place the unsprinkled side of the other colored star on the frosting to make a little sandwich. Repeat until you have everything put together.
    16 ounces white frosting, Red, white, and blue sprinkles

Notes

  • Make sure you use fresh marshmallows since old ones don’t melt well.
  • To get a brighter color, use gel food coloring instead of liquid. It’s more concentrated, so you’ll get vibrant colors without changing the texture of the marshmallow mixture.
  • A little cooking spray on your hands or a spatula will make pressing the mixture into pans much less sticky.
  • Dip your cookie cutter in cooking spray between cuts to prevent it from sticking and ensure clean, sharp edges on your stars.
  • Cut the treats into squares if you don’t have a star cookie cutter.
  • You don’t have to turn these 4th of July Rice Krispie treats into sandwiches. Just arrange them in an alternating pattern on a platter if you are in a hurry.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 677kcal | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 9mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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