Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats

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!

How to make Rice Krispies Treats Video:




Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats:

Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats

5 from 2 votes
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!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  2.’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!!

    1. 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. 🙂

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  5. 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

    1. 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. 🙂

  6. 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?

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

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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. 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

    1. 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. 😉

  12. 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

    1. 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. 🙂

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  14. Microwaving the marshmallows ruined 2 of my bowls and 2 of my spoons, and I followed your directions. VERY disappointed.

  15. I have tried the Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats. Great!
    Just one thing, searching is a zoo to find recipes.