With a cake mix crust, a Rice Krispie treat top and oozing marshmallow cream in between, who could resist these star shaped treats. Whenever I share my ooey gooey bars, everyone loves them and their favorite part is usually the marshmallow cream layer! Add a washi tape flag and a few sprinkles to the platter and these bars are ready for the party!
First, make the cake mix crust. Mix together a white cake mix, eggs, oil and blue food coloring. I used gel paste because it is so concentrated. Press into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with marshmallow cream. As the marshmallow cream warms it will start to spread. Carefully spread it out over the cake mix crust.
Next, make the Rice Krispie treats layer. In a large bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Add mini marshmallows and stir to coat. Microwave for 45 seconds and stir until smooth. (If the marshmallows aren’t completely melted, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.) Add red food coloring (I used no-tasted red gel paste) and stir until the color is even. Mix in Rice Krispies and gently stir until well coated. Drop by large spoonfuls over the marshmallow cream layer and carefully spread out evenly. I put my hand in plastic baggie with a little butter on it and gently spread it out. Finally, firmly press the top layer down into the marshmallow cream to really hold things together. Cover the bars and cool completely in the fridge.
While the patriotic bars are cooling, make some washi tape flags. Center a toothpick in a strip of washi tape. Fold the washi tape in half, over the toothpick. Then, cut a small “V” into the end of the flag to make the little points.
Before serving, remove the fridge and use a star shaped cookie cutter as a template for cutting out the stars. I found that it didn’t work to cut the bars with the cookie cutter because they were too hard and once they were soft, cutting with the cookie cutter squished the marshmallow cream out.
Place the star shaped Rice Krispie Treats on trays and add the washi tape flags.
As they warm up the marshmallow cream will soften and start to ooze out! These Red, White and Blue Ooey Gooey Bars are perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July.
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