These patriotic, star-shaped, Ooey Gooey Red White and Blue Bars have a blue cake mix crust with soft marshmallow cream in the middle and red Rice Krispies treats on top. They are perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.
With summer about to kickoff, I just couldn’t resist making another variety of ooey gooey bars! The days are getting longer, the temps are rising and the kids have less than 20 days of school left. We are so excited for summer and are making plans for our summer vacations.
There will also be so many barbecues, picnics, and parties. These Red White and Blue Bars are perfect for summer celebrations, especially Memorial Day and the 4th of July!
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!
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Red White and Blue Bars Recipe
Step One: Cake Mix Crust
Mix together a white cake mix, eggs, oil and blue food coloring.
Press into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes.
Step Two: Marshmallow Middle Layer
Remove the pan 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.
Step Three: Rice Krispies Treat 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 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.
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.
Step Six: Washi Tape Flags
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.
Step Six: Cut Star Shaped Bars
Before serving, remove the red white and blue bars from 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 Bars are ooey gooey and perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.
Red White and Blue Bars Recipe Tips
1. To get more vibrant red and blue, use gel food coloring instead of liquid drops.
2. To help spread out the rice krispie treats, put your hand in a plastic baggie with a little butter on it and use your covered hand to gently spread it out.
3. Top with red, white, and blue sprinkles for even more festive fun.
4. Don’t want to bother with making star shapes? Just cut the bars after chilling them like you would regular rice kripsie treats.