Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Rice Krispie Nests


Are you ready for Easter? The Easter bunny is having a hard time coming up with things to put in the kids' baskets besides candy. The kids get enough treats since I love to bake so I try to stay away from too much candy. 

The things I have so far are games such as Spot It Jr. Animals, Spot It on the Road, Don't Break the Ice, and kids-sized head lamps (weird, I know, but the kids will go nuts over them.) Any other suggestions? Santa already brought them toothbrushes and toothpaste in their stockings. We are such awesome parents. Haha.


I seriously did feel like an awesome mom making these Easter Rice Krispie treat nests with my kids. My floor ended up covered in sprinkles and my table was covered in candy melt "frosting", but the kids had a blast. As I was looking around at the mess, I texted my friend and asked, "Why do I do this to myself"? She replied, 'Because it makes good memories for the kids." So right and so worth it.

So if you are looking for something fun to make with your kids, then make these. Wait until you see your kid's faces when you pull out the Peeps. My kids went crazy for them. What is it with kids and Peeps? 

(Gluten-free option: Use Gluten-free Kelloggs Rice Krispies. The original cereal has malt in it which contains gluten.) 

Easter Rice Krispie Nests
Servings: 16 nests

5 tbsp. salted butter
10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla extract
7 cups Rice Krispie cereal
Green candy melts (or add green gel coloring to white candy melts)
Green jimmie sprinkles
Flower sprinkles
Chick Peeps
Cadbury mini eggs (or jelly beans, peanut M&Ms)


Line two baking sheets with wax paper.

In a large stock pot, melt the butter over med-low heat. Add the marshmallows. Continue cooking over med-low heat, stirring frequently, until the marshmallows melt. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add the cereal and stir until evenly coated. Remove from heat.

Scoop up rounded balls of rice krispie treats using a 1/3 cup measuring cup and drop them onto the prepared baking sheets. (Use a spoon to help scoop the rice krispie treats out of the measuring cup.) Using wet fingers, press an indentation into the center of the balls and shape into a nests. 

Melt the candy melts in the microwave according to the package directions. (I used about 1/2 bag.) Spread a thin layer of candy melts over the top of the nests. Immediately add jimmies and flower sprinkles. Place Peeps and/or eggs in the nests. 

To store, wrap eat treat individually in plastic wrap, then place in an air-tight container.


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