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These adorable Easter nests are simply Rice Krispies treats molded into the shape of birds' nests using a muffin tin. The treats are then topped with coconut, jelly beans and/or chocolate Easter eggs.
Make these treats with the kids, and serve them at your Easter egg hunt. Directions are given for stovetop cooking and microwave cooking.
- 1/4 teaspoon water
- 2 to 4 drops green food coloring
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 3 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
- 1 (10-ounce) package regular marshmallows (or 4 cups miniature marshmallows)
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Garnish: miniature marshmallows
- Garnish: jelly beans
- Garnish: chocolate eggs
Coat with cooking spray enough cupcake tins to yield 16 (2-1/2-inch) cups.
In a small bowl, stir together water and green food coloring. Add coconut. Stir until coconut is tinted. Spread on a baking sheet to dry.
In a large saucepan, melt butter or margarine over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. Remove from heat.
Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
Using lightly greased hands, divide warm mixture into prepared cupcake tins. Shape mixture into individual cups. Cool. Remove from pans.
Fill cooled nests with coconut, marshmallows, jelly beans or chocolate eggs. These are best when eaten the same day.
Follow steps 1 and 2 of the stove top directions above.
In a microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
Follow steps 4 to 6 of the stove top directions above. Remember, microwave cooking times may vary.
Tips for These Rice Krispies Treats
For best results, use fresh marshmallows. a (7-ounce) jar of marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in an airtight container.
To freeze unfilled cups, place in a single layer on waxed paper in an airtight container. Freeze for up to six weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before filling.
Source: Kellogg North America Company. Reprinted with permission.