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Fourth of July Cereal Star Treats

This recipe for a riff on the classic easy, no-bake snack can be adapted for any occasion just by changing up the colors and cookie cutter shapes. Use as little or as much food dye as you want.

Serves 16
Ready in 70 mins
Prep time 20 mins
Cooking time 5 mins
Chill time 45 mins
109 calories per serving


> Cooking spray
> 3 tbsp butter
> 1 (10 oz) pkg mini marshmallows
> 3/4 to 11/2 tsp red food coloring
> 3/4 to 2 tsp blue food coloring
> 6 cups crispy rice cereal, divided


Line a 9x13-inch pan with foil and coat with the cooking spray. Divide the butter between 2 large microwave-safe bowls. Microwave each bowl on high for 30 sec.–1 min., until butter melts. Divide the marshmallows between the bowls and microwave each in 30-sec. intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted, about 1 min.
To separate bowls, add the red and blue food coloring, stirring to combine. To each bowl, fold in 3 cups crispy rice cereal. If the mixture becomes too stiff to stir, microwave for 10 sec.
With a lightly sprayed spoon, drop each color by scoopfuls into prepared pan in a random pattern. With lightly sprayed hands, press down firmly until tightly packed. Cool completely. Use foil to remove from pan, then use a 2½- to 3-inch star cookie cutter to cut out 16 stars. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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