These Rice Krispie Nests are adorable for Easter and made with marshmallows, cereal, sweetened shredded coconut, and mini eggs.
Bird Nest Rice Krispie Treats
If you’re looking for a quick and super simple Easter dessert, or just a fun Easter activity to make with the kids, this Rice Krispie Nests idea is the best idea! Rice Krispie treats are shaped into little nests using a muffin pan and filled with chocolate candy eggs.
These bite-sized Spring treats are so much fun and easy to make. My family and I love making these together and it makes for an eventful Easter morning. You can customize these treats to your child’s liking and they will surely gobble them all up in no time.
We love making Holiday rice Krispies, and they are super easy to customize to any occasion – Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats, Thanksgiving Rice Krispies Turkey Legs, 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats and Halloween Monster Rice Krispie Treats.
Key Ingredients You’ll Need
- Marshmallows: You can use regular or mini marshmallows for this recipe.
- Cereal: You will need rice krispies, you can use plain or another flavor.
- Coconut: You will combine shredded sweetened coconut with green food coloring to make the bedding to set the mini candy eggs on.
How To Make Rice Krispie Bird Nests
- Step 1. Use the baking spray to grease two muffin pans. In a large pot or dutch oven, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Put in the marshmallows and cook until fully melted and combined. Take off the heat and add in the vanilla, and salt, and combine. Put in the cereal and mix until evenly coated. Portion 1/4 cup of the rice krispie mixture into 16 muffin cups.
- Step 2. Use a 1 Tbsp measuring spoon to press the middle of the mixture down to make the nest shape. Let the cereal mixture sit in the pan for 1 hour before placing it on a board or platter. In a large Ziplock bag, add the coconut with 3-4 drops of food coloring and shake to combine until evenly coated.
- Step 3. Put 1 Tbsp of the shredded coconut into the middle of the cereal cups and top with three mini eggs. Enjoy!
Variations For Rice Krispie Bird Nests
Use some of the options below to alter the recipe to your liking.
- Robin’s eggs, peanut Easter M&Ms or jelly beans can all be used to fill the nests in place of the mini eggs.
- You can use chocolate cereal or fruit pebbles for a different flavor.
Tips & Tricks
- Store any leftovers in a single layer in an airtight container. You can keep these stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Undecorated treats can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Let the treats thaw before decorating.
- Use spray oil to coat the spoon, measuring cup, measuring spoon, and more to keep the tools from sticking.
- Make sure to buy a fresh box of cereal and marshmallows so the treats aren’t stale when you make them.
- If you are using salted butter, don’t use additional salt.
More Easter Recipes:
- Easter Crockpot Candy
- Easter Dirt Cake (No-Bake)
- Frosted Easter Blondies
- Easter Puppy Chow
- Easter Whoopie Pies
Rice Krispie Bird Nests
- 4 Tbsp butter unsalted
- 10 oz. marshmallows regular or mini
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- 5 cups rice krispies cereal
- 1 cup coconut sweetened shredded
- Green food color
- 48 candy robin eggs mini
- Spray two muffin pans with baking spray. Melt the butter in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows and cook until completely melted and well combined with the butter. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.
- Mix in the cereal until evenly coated in the marshmallow mixture. Add a heaping ¼ cup of the rice krispies to 16 muffin cups. Press the treats down in the center using a 1-tablespoon measuring spoon to create the nest shape. Allow the treats to set in the pan for an hour before transferring them to a board or platter to decorate.
- Add the coconut to a large resealable (Ziploc) bag. Add 3-4 drops of green food color and vigorously shake the bag to color the coconut. Add around 1 tablespoon to the center of each nest. Top each nest with three mini eggs.