4th Of July Rice Krispie Treats

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These 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats put a fun, patriotic spin on a classic treat. They’re a colorful and festive no bake dessert that’s a perfect addition to your summer parties.

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Patriotic Rice Krispie Treats stacked

Red, White And Blue Rice Krispie Treats

If you’re looking for a star dessert (pun intended) for your July 4th party, you’ll love these star-shaped 4th of July Rice Krispie treats. Classic Rice Krispies treats are dyed in vibrant red and blue patriotic colors, then cut into fun star shapes and decorated with festive sprinkles. And to make these even more decadent, we’ve made them into sandwiches filled with creamy vanilla frosting.

It would be hard to find a more impressive, crowd-pleasing and delicious treat for patriotic holidays or any summer celebration. Your party guests will go crazy for the sweet marshmallow flavor and perfect chewy texture, and these will look great on your dessert table too!

Make these festive treats, along with some Fourth Of July Fudge and Fourth Of July Oreo Balls, for a patriotic and delicious 4th of July celebration!

Patriotic Rice Krispie treat in front of stack of more treats

Why We Love This Recipe

Festive – With their vibrant colors, patriotic sprinkles, and fun star shapes, these Rice Krispie cereal treats are perfect when you need an easy Fourth of July dessert. Not only are they great for an Independence Day party but they’re a fun treat for Memorial Day too.

Crowd-Pleasing – Everyone loves the classic homemade Rice Krispie treat recipe, and this double layer version with frosting is even more fun and delicious.

Great for Summer – They’re portable, easy to serve, and they won’t melt on a hot day, making them a perfect treat for summer parties and picnics.

Ingredients

4th Of July Rice Krispie Treats Ingredients
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Rice Krispies
  • White frosting
  • Unsalted butter
  • Blue gel food coloring
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Patriotic sprinkles

How To Make 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats

Making The Treats

Step 1: Spray two 9×13 pans with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Step 2: Place half the butter (sliced into small pieces) and half the marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl. Place the other half of the marshmallows and butter in a second bowl. (Be sure to use fresh marshmallows. Ones that have been sitting in the pantry awhile may not melt as well.)

Step 3: One at a time, place the bowls in the microwave and cook for 1.5 minutes on high, stopping to stir every 20 seconds. Marshmallows should be free of lumps with the butter completely melted.

Note: you can also use a large saucepan on low heat for this step. Just melt the butter first, then stir in the marshmallows. Continue to stir until completely melted.

Marshmallows and butter in glass bowl
Melted marshmallows and butter

Step 4: Add the red food coloring to one bowl and the blue food coloring to the other. Mix each bowl until there are no color streaks remaining.

Marshmallow mixture with blue food coloring
Blue marshmallow mixture for krispie treats

Step 5: Add half the Rice Krispies to one bowl and the other half to the other bowl.
Fold cereal gently into each bowl until it’s fully coated in the melted marshmallow mixture.

Step 6: Pour the red cereal mixture into one prepared pan and the blue mixture into the other. Gently press each one into an even layer covering the entire pan, making sure not to pack them down too hard.

Note: Spray cooking spray on your hands before your start. This way the cereal doesn’t stick to your hands as much.

Rice Krispies in bowl with blue melted marshmallow mixture
Blue Rice Krispie Treats in baking pan

Step 7: Cover the top of each layer with patriotic sprinkles, then let both pans sit for about 30 minutes or until fully set.

Patriotic sprinkles added to red white and blue krispie treats
Red krispie treats in baking pan

Making The Star Sandwiches

Step 8: Once set, use your cookie cutter to cut out as many stars as you can from both the blue and red Rice Krispie treats. Sometimes I’ll use a small circle cookie cutter to make little circles from the leftover pieces to make fun little bite size snacks too!

Blue Rice Krispie treats shaped like stars
Red Rice Krispie Treats shaped like stars

Step 9: Place the frosting in a piping bag with tip (I used the Ateco 864 tip). Add frosting to the “un-sprinkled” side of half the stars. You don’t need to go all the way up the skinny portion of the star’s tips.

Step 10: Place the unfrosted stars on top of the frosted ones, with the sprinkle sides facing away from the frosting. Serve and enjoy!

Red Rice Krispie Treats shaped like stars
Blue and red krispie treats with icing in between

Tips & Tricks

  • When placing the two halves together, don’t press the treats together too hard or the frosting will come gushing out the sides.
  • Make sure to use a metal or other strong cookie cutter. Plastic isn’t strong enough for the job, and you’ll have trouble when you try to cut the treats.
  • Don’t worry if the Rice Krispie treats seem thin going into the pan. Once you add the frosting and the other halves, they’ll be the perfect size.
  • You’re welcome to use other frosting or sprinkle options for this fun patriotic treat. You can also use the same color for the top and bottom halves and color the frosting to go with it (for example, red treats with blue frosting in the middle).
4th of July Rice Krispie treats with red and blue paper accents underneath
How Do I Store Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats?

Store your leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. It’s a good idea to place a piece of parchment paper or wax paper in between layers to keep them from sticking together, or you can wrap each treat individually in plastic wrap. They should stay fresh for about 3-4 days.

Stack of 4th of July Rice Krispie treats

What if I Don’t Have a Piping Bag and Frosting Tip?

No problem! You can substitute a sturdy plastic bag. Cut a small corner off the bag and pipe the frosting through the hole. Just make sure you don’t cut the hole too big, or it will be difficult to frost the treats neatly.

Patriotic rice krispie treats from above

More 4th Of July Desserts

If you liked these easy 4th Of July Rice Krispies Treats, you’ll want to check these fun and festive summer holiday treats too…

Hand picking up a 4th of July Rice Krispie treat
4th Of July Rice Krispie Treats square
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4th Of July Rice Krispie Treats


Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
These 4th of July Rice Krispie treats are a colorful and festive no-bake dessert that puts a fun, patriotic spin on a classic treat.

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Spray two 9×13 pans with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Place half the butter (sliced into small pieces) and half the marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl. Place the other half of the marshmallows and butter in a second bowl.
    8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, 14 Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • One at a time, place the bowls in the microwave and cook for 1.5 minutes on high, stopping to stir every 20 seconds. Marshmallows should be free of lumps with the butter completely melted.
  • Add the red food coloring to one bowl and the blue food coloring to the other. Mix each bowl until there are no color streaks remaining.
    ¼ Teaspoon Red Gel Food Coloring, ¼ Teaspoon Blue Gel Food Coloring
  • Add half the cereal to one bowl and the other half to the other bowl.
    10 Cups Rice Krispies
  • Fold cereal gently into each bowl until it’s fully coated in the melted marshmallow mixture.
  • Pour the red mixture into one prepared pan and the blue mixture into the other. Gently press each one into an even layer covering the entire pan.
  • Cover the top of each pan with patriotic sprinkles, then let both pans sit for about 30 minutes or until fully set.
    Patriotic Sprinkles
  • Once set, use your cookie cutter to cut out as many stars as you can from both the blue and red Rice Krispie treats. Sometimes I’ll use a small circle cookie cutter to make little circles from the leftover pieces. They make fun little bite size snacks!
  • Place the frosting in a piping bag with tip (I used the Ateco 864 tip). Add frosting to the “un-sprinkled” side of half the stars. You don’t need to go all the way up the skinny portion of the star’s tips.
    1 Can White Frosting
  • Place the unfrosted stars on top of the frosted ones, with the sprinkle sides facing away from the frosting. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Instead of microwaving, you can also use a large saucepan on low heat to melt the marshmallows with the butter. Just melt the butter first, then stir in the marshmallows. Continue to stir until completely melted. I typically do it this way unless I’m making multiple colors.
  • Spray cooking spray on your hands to help keep the cereal from sticking to them as you spread them in the pan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1428IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 6mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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11 Comments

    1. Thanks so much Amila! Yes, they are super easy!

  1. WOW – these look so good. I’ll be making these, but not just for the fourth 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Amanda! These are great because you can switch them up for any occasion!

    1. I have a tendency to add candy melts to everything…LOL!

  2. These are adorable. My daughter and hubby would love them. I’m not personally a fan of marshmallows. Haha. I’d make them for the cute factor though. ?

    1. I never even made these until my hubby mentioned how much he loved them! Unfortunately I love them too 🙂

  3. Thanks so much Jacky! I definitely enjoy making treats like these!

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