Crispy Rice Easter Nest Treats

by lisa on April 5, 2012 · 13 comments

I wish I was one of those creative, crafty moms.  I wasn’t born with much artistic ability so I cook instead. I am more into cooking savory foods then baking sweets and decorating them.  But every once in a while I hunt the internet to try and find some simple holiday ideas that my kids will love. Last night, at about six o’clock, my son informed me that he was allowed to bring in a treat for the class today. My choices were to run to the local store and pick up some goodies or scramble to make something easy and quick. I guess I took the hard road. As my husband stated, I have a reputation to uphold. What would my son’s class think if the mom who had a food blog sent in store bought treats?

After checking my pantry, I realized we had a few boxes of crispy rice cereal.  I decided to make good use of them and these treats are what I came up with. I made a quick trip to the grocery store and purchased some icing, marshmallows and jelly beans. This project was pretty painless even for a decorating and craft deficient mom like me. I found this recipe on the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies website and adapted it. The whole project was completed in less than an hour which included clean up time too.  My son and I had a great time making them!

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Crispy Rice Easter Nest Treats
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 24
An easy Easter treat to make with the kids.
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • ½ package (10 oz) marshmallows
  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal
  • Green frosting (see note**)
  • Jelly beans
  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Add crispy rice cereal. Stir until well coated.
  3. Using wet hands (see note*), put balls of mixture into a (24 cup) mini muffin tin coated with cooking spray. Flatten mixture to fit muffin-pan cups. Cool.
  4. Carefully remove from pan.
  5. Spread green frosting on the tops of each cup. Top with two to three jelly beans.
  6. Best if served the same day.
  8. For step one, in microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Continue with next steps. Microwave cooking times may vary.
*To make these treats easier to work with, make sure hands are wet when shaping the nests and adding to the muffin tin. **For easy decorating, use a canned colored frosting with a decorating tip. Recipe can easily be doubled to make 24 treats.



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Ramona April 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

These are going to be a good Easter treat.

Have a great one.


Carrie's Experimental Kitchen April 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

This is my speed as well when it comes to being creative with dessert ideas. They look great and I’m sure the kids loved them!


Katrina April 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Yum! And fun. I just posted some Rice Krispies Treats today, too.


Lynne Laino April 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Lisa, I LOVE these – they’re just adorable and I love the mini-muffin pan idea! Thanks so much!
p.s. You need a Pinterest Button so I can save your great recipes on my Boards instead of printing them out!

Happy Easter!


Kate April 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

Sometimes I think it’s easier to make due with what’s on hand instead of having to leave the house to get something!


Deborah April 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

These are too cute! I, too, am challenged when it comes to decorating and making things cute, but I know I could do these!!


Mary April 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

These are really cute, Lisa. My grandsons will really enjoy them. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary


Danijela April 8, 2012 at 1:13 am

you have done a great job here. I just love recipes with cereals and this one is so simple. I like it. Happy Easter! 🙂


Liz April 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

These are so cute! Perfect Easter treat 🙂


patsy April 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

Those are so cute!


Culinary Cory April 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

These are so cute! What a great idea.


marla April 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

Such a fun + vibrant treat for the Easter holiday 🙂


Karen Harris March 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

These are so cute! My kids were Crispy Treat deprived until my daughter was 10 when a friend in England turned them onto a pan of them. She created a monster. This is still my daughter’s favorite treat to make and eat. I love your embellishment. Exactly what I would expect from a great food blogger.


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