Happy Easter!

This year, I decided to make a fun and easy Easter-themed treat to celebrate the holiday. After looking at many pictures and recipes online I was inspired to make these rice cereal bird’s nests, as found on the Kellog’s website. Because I love chocolate so much, I decided to tweak the recipe a bit and add my own little twist.

Even my good friend Gloria came to help out. (Thanks Gloria!)

Hope you enjoy! To those who celebrate, have a wonderful and happy easter!!

Begin by preparing a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and a small wide bowl with sprinkles. Set both aside. In small bowl stir together green food coloring and coconut. Also set aside.

In large pot melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stirring continuously until completely melted, about three minutes. Wipe sides regularly and be careful not to let burn.

When finished, turn off heat and add rice cereal.  Stir until thoroughly combined.

Divide warm mixture into 2 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups. Fill to brim and then pack tightly into cup, flattening the top.

Using the bottom of a small glass (such as a shot glass) or a pestel, carve out a shallow center, leaving a rice cereal rim on the outside. Pop out of muffin pans carefully and let cool on a wire rack.

Next, melt the chocolate. (Specific directions in recipe below).

Using a two-pronged dipping fork inserted into the center of the rice cereal cups (as shown in photo), carefully dip the bottom of eat cup into the melted chocolate.

Immediately dip into sprinkles and set down on prepared cookie sheet. Fill each cup with melted chocolate, green coconut and jelly beans.

Rice Cereal Bird’s Nests
Adapted from a recipe by Kellog’s

Ingredients:
2 to 4 drops green food coloring
1/2  cup  flaked coconut
4 tablespoons butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies® (For a gluten free Rice Krispie  brand, I like Erewhon’s Crispy Brown Rice Cereal)
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Rainbow sprinkles
Jelly beans (I like to use the speckled jelly beans)

Prepare a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and a small wide bowl with sprinkles. Set both aside. In small bowl stir together green food coloring and coconut. Also set aside.

In large pot melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stirring continuously until completely melted, about three minutes. Wipe sides regularly and be careful not to let burn. When finished, turn off heat and add rice cereal.  Stir until thoroughly combined

Divide warm mixture into 2 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups. Fill to brim and then pack tightly into cup, flattening the top. Using the bottom of a small glass (such as a shot glass) or a pestel, carve out a shallow center, leaving a rice cereal rim on the outside. Pop out of muffin pans carefully and let cool on a wire rack.

Next, melt the chocolate. For this you can either use a double boiler with water in the bottom half or create your own using two wide bowls. If you choose the second option, it is important that the bowls you use are the proper size so that water and steam won’t touch the chocolate, causing it to seize. I like to use a bowl with a rim that fits perfectly on top and seals the two, preventing the steam from escaping.

Add the chocolate chips to the top bowl or part of the double boiler and turn on the stove to medium heat. As the water gets hot, the chocolate will begin to melt. Watch carefully and stir until all chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat (with hot water still beneath) and place on hot tray.

Using a two-pronged dipping fork inserted into the center of the rice cereal cups (as shown in photo), carefully dip the bottom of eat cup into the melted chocolate. Immediately dip into sprinkles and set down on prepared cookie sheet. Fill each cup with melted chocolate, green coconut and jelly beans. Top with a “Peep” of your favorite color. Store in fridge to let chocolate harden, about an hour. Enjoy!

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6 responses to “Happy Easter!

  1. These are so cute!! I love stuff like this, they look so yummy…good job Em!

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  4. I’ve been looking for something fun and light to take to my parents house this Easter and this looks perfect! Plus, I’ve been craving rice crispy treats like a fiend. Thanks for the fantastic post! Have a feeling I’ll be stalking your blog. :)

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