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Recipe of the Week: Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

These easy to make red, white and blue treats are great for little chefs to help with.

"If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace."  ~Hamilton Fish

My boy is always asking to help me in the kitchen. Since it is typically a mad scramble to get dinner on the table after work and activities, our cooking together time is reserved for the weekends. I was looking for something to make to bring to a party on the Fourth of July and stumbled upon a really fun photo and recipe on www.lilluna.com. I knew it would be the perfect treat for us to make together.

Kids (and lots of us older folks) love Rice Krispie Treats and by just adding a little food coloring you can tailor them to suit most any holiday. Since Independence Day is just around the corner, this red, white and blue version is perfect to bring to a party. You only need a few ingredients that you (hopefully) have in the pantry.

Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1 pkg marshmallows
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • Red and blue food coloring

Directions:

  • Divide the marshmallows evenly between 3 medium sized bowls
  • Divide the 6 cups of cereal evenly between 3 measuring cups
  • Take the first bowl of marshmallows and microwave for approximately 1-1 1/2 minutes (until they have puffed up to the top of the bowl).
  • Remove from microwave and add 1 tbsp of butter. Mix well.
  • Add enough blue food coloring to create the desired shade of blue.
  • Add the cereal and mix well.
  • Press into the bottom of an 8 x 8 well greased glass dish.
  • Take the second bowl and microwave the marshmallows, mixing butter in when done.
  • Add the cereal and mix well.
  • Press the plain layer on top of the blue layer using wax paper.
  • Take the last bowl and microwave the marshmallows.
  • Add 1 tbsp of butter and mix well. Add enough red food coloring to create the desired shade of red (I had to use a lot).
  • Add the cereal and mix well.
  • Press the red layer on top of the plain layer using wax paper.
  • Let the treats sit for about half hour, then cut into squares.

Enjoy!

Have a very happy Independence Day!

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