Patriotic Cereal Treats in fun star shapes are perfect for all your summer parties. Let me show you how to turn a traditional classic recipe made from cereal and marshmallows into star shaped treats.
These Patriotic Cereal Treats are really easy to customize using different shaped cookie cutters and different colored sprinkles to use all year long for celebrations.
But let’s talk July 4th celebrations today since that’s coming up really quick. These cereal treats would look so cute in a galvanized bucket as the centerpiece of your dessert table.
Choose pretty blue and red ribbon to tie around the lollipop sticks and you’re set to go for a quick delicious treat!
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- Square baking pan
- Star shaped cookie cutters – in different sizes
- Lollipop sticks
- Blue gel food coloring
- Red, white and blue sprinkles
Exact measurements are listed below in the recipe card. Make sure you scroll down to print and save the recipe for later!
- Marshmallows – make sure they’re fresh!
- Rice cereal
- Blue gel food coloring
- Red and blue sprinkles
Make sure you coat the square baking pan generously with butter so nothing sticks. You could also use Parchment Baking Sheets to line the pan with if you’d like.
In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter and then add marshmallows. Allow to melt completely then remove from heat. Add in blue gel food coloring and mix until marshmallow mixture is completely colored.
Pat the cereal treat mixture evenly into your coated pan. It helps tremendously to spray the back of your hands with non-stick cooking spray so the cereal/marshmallow mixture doesn’t stick.
Top with sprinkles and pat down some more (so that the sprinkles stay in place). Allow the cereal treats to set before cutting out the shapes.
Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out the shapes. Depending on the size of your cookie cutter you’ll probably get around 4 stars.
Of course, you can use different sizes of stars to make it fun. And enjoy the scraps as the “cook’s treat.”
How to Decorate Star Shaped Cereal Treats
Insert the lollipop sticks into the center of the star shaped cereal treats.
Next, tie blue ribbon around the ends. You could even stick them into mason jars to use on the buffet table if you’re serving these for a Fourth of July party.
How to Store Rice Krispie Treats
These star shaped Rice Krispie Treats can be stored at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. I’ve read online that it is possible to freeze rice cereal treats, but I have never tried.
Like this recipe? Try these other Patriotic Desserts
- Patriotic Cupcakes are always good for 4th of July celebrations!
- Cheesecake Pudding Parfaits look great for any celebration, but if you use strawberries and blueberries, you have the colors of the flag!
- 3 tbsp of butter
- 20 large marshmallows
- 3 cups rice cereal
- 2 small drops blue gel food coloring
- Red and blue sprinkles
- Coat a square pan generously with butter.
- In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter and then add marshmallows. Allow to melt completely then remove from heat.
- Add in blue gel food coloring and mix until marshmallow mixture is completely colored.
- Pat the cereal treat mixture evenly into your coated pan.
- Top with sprinkles and pat down some more (so that the sprinkles stay in place).
- Allow the cereal treats to set.
- Using a star cookie cutter, cut out cereal treats into the shape of stars (save the scraps and enjoy them!).
- Insert a lollipop stick at the bottom and enjoy.
Feel free to use cookie cutters in different shapes for various holidays.
The amount of treats you will get from this recipe will depend on the size of cookie cutter you used.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 2g
The nutrition information is calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee its accuracy. If this data is important to you, please verify with your trusted nutrition calculator.
This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2018 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!
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