Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats

Holidays · Pies & Tarts · June 2, 2017

Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats - perfect for any Patriotic celebration! { }

We recently got together with some friends and I wanted to bring a last-minute treat to share with everyone. The treat I always think of when I have little time is Rice Krispies Treats, because A) I always have the ingredients on hand and B) They are easy and yummy!!

To change things up I decided to do make them a little patriotic and did Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats. I had seen the idea on Pinterest via Cookie Madness but wanted to make my layers a lot more vibrant. I was able to do that with the right food coloring, and I LOVE how they turned out!!

It only added a few more minutes to the already quick and easy dessert, but made them look super festive and fun.


Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats - perfect for any Patriotic celebration! { }

Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats - perfect for any Patriotic celebration! { }

Delicious, simple and quick 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats. They're always a hit and are festive for any patriotic occasion.

So festive and fun for the fourth. And best of all – EASY!

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Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats:

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Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats

Delicious, simple and quick 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats. They're always a hit and are festive for any patriotic occasion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 198 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal (divided)
  • 16 oz marshmallows (divided)
  • 3 tbsp margarine or butter (divided)
  • Food Coloring (red and blue/turquoise - I like Betty Crocker Gel Food Colors because the colors are brighter)


  1. Gather your supplies and divide the Rice Krispies and marshmallows in three for the three layers (2 cups Rice Krispies and about 2 cups marshmallows).

  2. Add marshmallows to a microwave safe bowl along with the margarine (1 TB) for a few minutes or until they start to get big and almost touch the top of the microwave. Take them out, stir well and add the food coloring. (We started with the blue, then no food coloring and then the red).
  3. Then add 2 cups of Rice Krispies and stir well. Press into well greased 9x9 pan (a 9x13 works but makes thinner treats).
  4. Repeat with no food coloring and then the red food coloring layer. Let set and ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 137mg 6%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Sugars 23g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 21.1%
Vitamin C 10.7%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 24.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maggie @ Midwestern Girl

OMG, K…you are killing me with all of this absolutely ADORABLE stuff!!! Pinning this, too!
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Betsy @ Anna Nimmity

Perfectly patriotic!
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Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers

These are so cute! Definitely pinning them. 🙂
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

What a fun way to dress up rice krispie treats!!! I love the bright colors!!!
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kelsey bang

you are the cutest! i LOOOOVE These! I must make! you microwave your marshmallows?! I have never thought of that!
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WOW, that looks like some serious yumminess! I hope you will link up to my Patriotic Project Parade.
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What a great idea!! I love rice krispie treats, and these are extra fun. Megan
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Vanessa Barker

Kristyn, these are so cute! I love the idea of switching up something so simple to make such a great impact! I’d love to have you come link up at my Tutorial Tuesday
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Amber @ Recipes We Love

These are soooo cute!!!

Shannah @ Just Us Four

Love these! They are so adorable. I hope you will come link it up at my Pinworthy Projects Party!
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What a great idea to add the food coloring! Rice crispy treats are totally a go-to treat in our house – well, we use gluten free rice crispies! I am totally pinning this to my 4th of July board, and I am your newest follower 🙂 Cant wait to see what other great ideas you have!
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    Lil' Luna

    Thank you for the sweet words, Veronica! Glad you like the treats, and I hope you can find more creations on here that you will love as well. 🙂


These treats look colorful and yummy! I love festive treats!

Heather @French Press

love the red white and blue!
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    Lil' Luna

    Thank you, Heather!!

erica’s are my hero!
Not only do I LOVE rice krispie treats but I love any excuse to play w/ my food colors and icing dyes.
the fact that I only make rice krispie treats once in awhile because of the mess in the melted pan. has now been rectified by the fact I can now make them using my microwave!!
You are awesome…I’m putting these on my blog.!! thanks so much!!

    Lil' Luna

    LOL!! Yay – so glad to be someone’s hero, haha!! It was so fun using the food colors for these and using the gel food colors made the colors so vibrant!! And what’s funny is I’ve been micorwaving my marshmallows for years – I thought everyone did it. Makes for a SUPER quick but yummy treat. 🙂


I love these rice krispies. They are so cute. I think rice krispies are great during summer cause they aren’t a heavy treat.

I would love for you to share this on my Patriotic Link-up party


    Lil' Luna

    Agreed!! Plus, they are so easy and quick to make – BONUS!

jayme @ No Regrets Living

I made these tonight…I used food coloring AND cherry & berry blue Jell-o to make the colors brighter and more tasty! Winner!
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Just made these, and they look adorable! I used a 9×9 pan, but I think it would have been better in an 8×8 pan. Thanks for the great idea!!


These are amazing! I used cookie cutters to make them into stars, flags and other patriotic shapes. 🙂

Anita Robinson

I made this for our church’s 4th of July cookout tonight. I tried the microwave method but it didn’t work for me; the marshmallows stuck to the sides and turned hard. Maybe I did something wrong. Fortunately I had bought an extra bag of marshmallows, so I just started over using the stovetop, the old-fashioned way. I did use a 9×13 pan but the 2nd and 3rd layers were hard to spread to cover the previous layer (not enough “batter” to cover that much area). Will definitely use a 9×9 or 8×8 pan next time. I think these will be a hit tonight!

    Lil' Luna

    Hmmmm…. not sure what happened with your marshmallows. I always microwave and never had that problem. :/ Glad you had an extra bag. I think a 9×9 is the perfect size and may take off the 9×13 so people know it may not fit. Thanks for the suggestion. Hope you had a great Fourth. 🙂


I’m a guy, so I’m not sure if I can comment on here. haha
I’m making these for my wife, and I was wondering what size bag of marshmallows you are referring to? I got a 16oz. bag but it looks kinda big. Thanks

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Caleb – so sorry I’m just now commenting back. We were on vacation last week. The 16 oz. bag is perfect. Seems like a lot but it’s the best amount. You may have to add a few more Rice Krispies. 🙂 And PS – Guys are definitely welcome here. 🙂


Made these for our 4th BBQ. They were a hit and so easy to make. Thanks!

    Lil' Luna

    Yay!! So glad! Love hearing that. They really are so fun and easy to do! 😀


I really want to make a bigger batch so it does fit into a 9×13….what if I double your recipe? Would that work?

    Lil' Luna

    I definitely thinking doubling the batch will make it fit a 9×13. 🙂

Gayle Chapman Merchant

I have confused…do I microwave all the marshmellows at one time…so how much cereal do Iadd to each …


    Make three bowls (make sure they are big enough to stir the rice krispies in!) of 2 cups of marshmallow and one tablespoon of margarine/butter in each bowl. Heat as instructed (I did about a minute and a half) then take the bowl you heated and add the color. (red or blue) Stir then add 2 cups of the cereal and stir. The stirring is the hardest part!


So cute! I’m just curious though.. does the food coloring dye your mouth/teeth?

    Lil' Luna

    Not at all! At least ours didn’t. 🙂


Great recipe! Your colors look much darker than the blog where you go the recipe form (Cookie Madness) – how did you do it?!

    Lil' Luna

    I used the Gel Food Colors which I think are more bright, plus I used more food coloring as well but it helped give that bright color I was looking for. 🙂


Well, I made these Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats and they looked good and appealing on the picture, and I followed all instructions, but mine didn’t turn out quite so appealing. Also, you left out a lot of information I would have liked to know without having to look it up. For the people like me, splitting the bag of marshmallows is about 2 cups each, and I honestly did not know how many drops of my food coloring to put in. Luckily, since they aren’t so delightful as they appear in your pictures, I only made these for my family at home. Thanks for the recipe though! Add more info next time!


For the rice krispies I have a 10 oz bag of large marshmallows. Will that work? And I also love all these ideas! 🙂

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I wanted to let you know I am featuring your 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats in my Easy 4th of July Recipes post on 6/20/14! I thank you for sharing your recipe and am exited to include it alongside other great 4th of July recipe ideas!


Love the Rice Krispie Treats — So cute!

Amanda Peterson

Did the red and blue color get all over the hands when eating? I’m just curious so I know ahead of time what to expect with the little kids! Thanks!

    Lil' Luna

    It didn’t for us, but I think it depends on the food coloring you use. I like the Betty Crocker food coloring gel because I feel like it doesn’t stain hands or mouths. 😉


so cute! now all i can think about is making rice krispie treats 😀
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I tried this recipe and the recipe isn’t enough for the pan and to mix on the colors is very difficult to do I used the same ingredients as you and you should describe the ingredients more specifically…. Are they mini marshmallows or regular, what type of butter salted or unsalted,and I think you should’ve mixed the color in with the marshmallows and butter not when the Rice Krispies are already in the mixture and the stove works best

    Lil' Luna

    Sorry you had a hard time with this recipe. We’ve made it several times just as instructed and they always turn out perfectly. As for marshmallows, I’ve done mini and regular and they turn out the same. I also always use unsalted butter with my treats. 🙂

Katie @ Little House of Four

Hi Kristyn! I’m sharing this fun treat on my blog today! Thanks for sharing and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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Microwaving the marshmallows ruined 2 of my bowls and 2 of my spoons, and I followed your directions. VERY disappointed.

    Lil' Luna

    I’m so sorry. As always, when using a microwave you must use a microwave safe bowl. 🙁


nice layers, love the colors baked in! Very patriotic, thank you!

Linda Stupke

I have tried the Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats. Great!
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