4th of July Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect sweet treat for your holiday celebrations! Made with crispy rice cereal, marshmallows, and a bit of food color, these delicious treats are sure to be a hit with family and friends. They’re perfect for picnics, cookouts, and anytime you’re craving a classic treat.
Red, White and Blue Rice Krispie Treats
Patriotic treats for your next party! These Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect patriotic snack. They’re easy to make and everyone will love them!
The red, white and blue colors make these treats perfect for any Fourth of July celebration or Memorial Day barbecue. Serve them up at your next party and watch them disappear!
- Butter– You want to divide the butter. I also recommend to use unsalted butter.
- Mini marshmallows– I like using mini marshmallows because they melt faster, but larger marshmallows will also work.
- Crispy rice cereal– Any brand will do. You want to use the plain kind instead of the flavored pieces.
- Red & blue food coloring – This is used to color the layers.
How to Make 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats
Melt a portion of the butter in a large pot. Add a portion of the marshmallows over medium heat. Once the marshmallows are almost melted, add the red food coloring and vanilla. Mix in a portion of the cereal and stir together until the cereal is well coated. Add the mixture to the the pan and spread evenly.
Do this again for the 2nd layer, leaving this layer white. Press the white layer over the red layer.
Do it again for the 3rd layer and color this layer blue. Press this over the white layer.
Allow everything to cool and then remove the treats from the pan. Remove the parchment paper. Use a cookie cutter and cut the treats into stars.
How to Store Rice Krispie Treats to Keep Them Soft
Rice Krispie Treats are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last for up to a week in an airtight container. If you need to store them for longer, they can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.
When storing Rice Krispie Treats in the freezer, make sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out.
To thaw frozen Rice Krispie Treats, simply remove them from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for a few hours.
Tips and Tricks When Making 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats
Add a bit of food color to the melted marshmallows for a festive touch.
Cut the treats into star shapes using a cookie cutter for a fun Fourth of July dessert.
Add a bit of cooking spray to the spatula. This will help to prevent the marshmallows from sticking to the spatula and making it difficult to spread the mixture evenly.
When cutting out the stars, use a knife coated in butter or cooking spray to prevent the marshmallows from sticking to the knife.
If you like your treats stickier, add an additional cup of marshmallows to each batch.
Use good marshmallows. Stale or store brand marshmallows usually don’t work as well.
More 4th of July Treats
- 4th of July Cookies with M&M’s
- Mini 4th of July Brownies
- 4th of July Poke Cake
- Sugar Free Flag Jello Dessert for July 4th!
4th of July Rice Krispie Treats
- ¾ cup butter divided
- 15 cups mini marshmallows divided
- 12 cups crispy rice cereal divided
- 1 ½ teaspoons clear vanilla extract divided
- Red & blue food coloring 8-9 red drops, 6 blue
- Line a 9×13-inch pan with parchment paper. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
- In a large pot, start to melt ¼ cup butter over medium-low heat. Once melted, add 5 cups of the mini marshmallows to the butter, stirring often. Once the marshmallows are almost melted, turn the heat to low. Add ½ teaspoon of vanilla and the red food coloring, a few drops at a time, and mix well. If needed, continue to add food coloring until desired color. Remove from heat. Mix in 4 cups of the cereal. Stir until the cereal is well coated. Pour into the parchment lined pan. Spread evenly while pressing down firmly, and smooth the top using the back of a buttered spoon.
- Repeat the same process, leaving this second batch white. Pour the white batch on top of the red layer. Press down and smooth evenly.
- Repeat the process one last time with the blue food coloring. Place on top of the white layer. Press firmly and smooth out the top layer.
- Allow to cool completely at room temperature.
- Remove the treats from the pan (use a knife to cut around the edges if needed). Peel off the parchment paper and place on a cutting board.
- Cut the treats into star shapes using a cookie cutter. If the cutter isn’t deep enough to completely reach the bottom of the pan, create an indentation with the cutter to use as a stencil, and then cut it out completely using a knife.
- 3-inch star cookie cutter