Easter Dessert Recipe: Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats Nests

  • Would you agree that good things come in small packages? I do. After all, the average height in my family is 5’3”.


    Seriously, though, we typically associate “little” with “cute.” Think about it…babies, puppies, kittens, doll house furniture, chocolate Rice Krispie treats nests—wait, what!?  

    Yup, you read right—Rice Krispies Treats nests are without question a good thing in a small package! Adorable, sweet, and delicious. Perfect!

    Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat Nests

    Tweet tweet! Serve up these adorably delicious bird's nest desserts this Easter!

    Prep Time:
    Servings: 2 dozen


    • small marshmallows: 1½ cups
    • unsalted butter: 3 tablespoons
    • cocoa powder: 1 tablespoon
    • rice cereal: 3 cups
    • sweetened coconut flakes: ⅔ cup
    • green food coloring: a couple drops
    • small egg shaped candies (like Robin Eggs, Jelly Bellies, etc.): about 6 dozen


    Step 1: Set 1 or 2 mini-muffin pans (that have a total of 2 dozen muffin cups) on the counter.

    Step 2: Add the marshmallows, butter, and cocoa powder to a medium-sized saucepan, and place it over medium-low heat. Stirring occasionally, cook until everything has melted and you have a smooth mixture.

    Step 3: Turn the heat to the lowest setting and pour in the cereal. Stir just until all of the cereal is well coated with the chocolate-marshmallow mixture. Immediately remove the pan from the stove and begin filling the muffin cups, about 1 heaping tablespoon each.  

    Step 4:  Working quickly so the mixture doesn't harden, place a sheet of plastic wrap on top. Then use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each one, to create a small "nest."  Set aside for about 10 minutes.

    Step 5: Place the coconut in a small bowl, add a drop of green food coloring, and gently mix. (You may need a few drops of water so that it blends more easily.) You can add as little or as much of the green as you'd like to. 

    Step 6: Remove the nests from the mini-muffin pan. Since there's a fair amount of butter in the recipe, they typically slide right out if you carefully turn the pan over. Otherwise, you can use a small knife along the edge of each one to gently lift them out.  

    Step 7: Divide the green coconut amongst the 2 dozen nests.

    Step 8: Add about 3 of the egg-shaped candies to each one.  

    Step 9: Serve the nests on a platter with a pretty pastel-colored paper "grass."

    Notes: If you're serving this dessert to anyone who's gluten free, be sure to check the ingredient list on the rice cereal box! (Some brands may contain barley malt, which isn't compatible with a gluten-free diet.)

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