Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

Delicious, simple and quick 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats. These red, white and blue treats are always a hit, and are festive for any patriotic occasion.

4th of July Rice Krispie Treats on a white plate

Red White and Blue Rice treats

Whenever I need to make a last-minute treat, I always opt for Rice Krispie Treats, because A) I always have the ingredients on hand and B) They are SO easy and yummy!! With summer months and patriotic holidays upon us, I wanted to give you a quick, easy, and festive treat to take to all the BBQ’s, parties, and get togethers!

I used some red and blue food coloring to create these patriotic layers, and I love how they turned out! It was only a tiny bit of additional effort, but it was so worth the extra few minutes. For how simple they are to make, they look pretty impressive! And you really can’t go wrong with rice krispies. 

Process shots of layering blue, white, and red rice krispie mixtures in a glass pan

Making 4th of July Rice Krispies

Start by separating your cereal and marshmallows into three (2 cups of rice krispies, and about 2 cups of marshmallows). You’re going to make one layer at a time.

Put the marshmallows in microwave safe bowls, and add 1 Tbsp margarine to each. Microwave one at a time for a few minutes until the marshmallows start to expand. Make sure they don’t overflow!

In one bowl, mix in blue food coloring, and mix red in another. TIP: I used food coloring gel to make the colors really vibrant. Regular food coloring will be a lot less colorful. Add 2 cups of rice krispies to each bowl and stir with a rubber spatula until all the cereal is well coated.

Layer the cereal in a glass baking dish in whatever order you like (we started with blue, white, then red). TIP: To press the layers in evenly, you can use a sheet of wax paper on top of the marshmallow covered cereal, and then press with your hands. That way your hands don’t get so messy and the rice krispies won’t stick to you.

Let all the layers cool before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

Red, white and blue rice krispie treat layers in a glass pan

More rice krispie treat Tips/ideas

  • Stovetop: I prefer the ease of microwaving the marshmallows, but if you would rather use the stove, by all means, you can! I would still recommend doing the three layers separately, that way you ensure each layer has the same amount of marshmallow coating.
  • What size pan? I use an 8×8 or a 9×9 glass pan. You can use 9×13, but the treats will be thinner. You can also double the recipe and use a 9×13 pan for more thick rice krispie treats.
  • Shaped Treats: You can use cookie cutters once the layers are cooled to cut out different shapes. I think stars would be fun for the 4th of July!

Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats stacked on a plate

I hope you love this easy Fourth of July dessert as much as my family does!

For more patriotic treats, check out:

Create your Lil’ Luna account now!
Sign Up to Save Recipes

4th of July Rice Krispies Treat Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Delicious, simple and quick 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats. These red, white and blue treats are 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)


  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Then add 2 cups of Rice Krispies and stir well. Press into well greased 9x9 pan (a 9x13 works but makes thinner treats).
  • Repeat with no food coloring and then the red food coloring layer. Let set and ENJOY!

Like this Recipe?

Pin it now!

Pin It NowPin It Now

Shop Online

Lil' Luna Products

See All Products

Want more inspiration?

More Recipes You'll Love

Homemade Suckers

Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote

Valentine Cookies

Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 4 votes

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 3 votes

Rolo Pretzels

Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 8 votes

50+ BEST Christmas Cookies

Total Time: 20 minutes
4.8 from 78 votes

About the Author

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!

Join the Conversation

Rate and Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. Hi Kristyn! I’m sharing this fun treat on my blog today! Thanks for sharing and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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

  3. 5 stars
    I have tried the Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats. Great!
    Just one thing, searching is a zoo to find recipes.

See More Comments