These easy Easter rice krispie treats are a fun and colorful addition to your Easter celebrations. Perfect to make with your little bunnies this Easter!
These rice krispie Easter nests could not be easier. Whip up a batch of bright, spring green rice krispie treats, shape them into cute Easter nests, decorate with chocolate sticks and top them with colorful mini eggs and colorful sprinkles. A delightful homemade Easter candy that's great for an Easter celebration or spring-themed party.
Why you'll love this recipe
- A delicious way to use cute, colorful mini eggs.
- Easy make ahead no bake dessert, no oven needed.
- Simple enough to make with the kids, with a little help.
- Perfect for an Easter or spring celebration.
Looking for more fabulous Easter dessert recipes? Why not try making my fun Peeps rice krispies treats, creamy mini egg cheesecakes, chocolate Easter brownies, or super cute Easter bunny cookies. Delicious!
Rice Krispies: are a popular type of puffed rice cereal. Fun fact, they are also known as rice bubbles in Australia and New Zealand. Regular rice krispies will give the best look to these treats, but you could experiment with different versions of the cereal if you like.
Marshmallows: an essential ingredient in rice krispie treats. Look for white marshmallows to keep the color clean.
Mini eggs: I used Cadbury mini eggs, but you can use whatever brand you like. You could also use regular small solid chocolate eggs or try different flavors.
Chocolate: white chocolate makes bright and delicious sticks to construct the Easter nests with. You could also use white chocolate or see the recipe tips and frequently asked questions for some other fun options.
Unsalted butter: a little unsalted butter helps these rice krispie treats set, without it your treats can be too soft.
Food color: a little green gives a fun pop of color of these Easter nest treats. You could experiment with other fun Easter colors, or leave it out altogether if you prefer.
Vanilla extract: sometimes also called vanilla essence, depending on where you live. You can use either, or imitation vanilla essence, depending on your preference and budget.
How to make Easter rice krispie treats
See the full recipe card at the end of the post for ingredient amounts and instructions.
Start to melt the butter on low heat in a large pot. Add the marshmallows. Heat to low to medium-low, stirring occasionally, until all the marshmallows are melted and mix into the butter.
Add the vanilla and green food color and mix well.
Spray the muffin tins with a little cooking spray. This is optional but the rice krispie treats can stick sometimes if you don't do this. Add the rice krispies to the melted marshmallow mix. Try to mix the sticky marshmallow from the bottom into the rice krispies.
Spoon the marshmallow mix into the greased muffin tins and gently pat down. If the mix starts to harden too much you can gently heat it again on low to loosen it up. Allow to set at room temperature for about two hours.
Hot tip: try to create a slight dip in the center of your treats that's big enough to put the mini eggs in, as this will help with decorating your nests.
How to decorate Easter rice krispie treats for Easter
Flip the bar of chocolate over so you are slicing on the smooth side. Slice the chocolate thinly, then gently pull it apart to form chocolate sticks/twigs.
Place three eggs in the center of the nests. Use the white chocolate sticks to construct a nest around the eggs. Try to have pieces sticking out and overlapping to form the nest.
Dust with some fun pastel sprinkles for a pop of color and you're done!
How to serve
To serve these Easter rice krispies pop them onto a plate and enjoy! Fabulous on their own or with some extra mini eggs on the side.
How to store
These rice krispies Easter treats can be made ahead and will store well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to X days.
Recipe tips and frequently asked questions
Can I make these without green food color?
You sure can. Simply leave the food color out, or why not try some other fun pastel spring colors such as yellow, pink or blue.
What can I use instead of chocolate to make the Easter nests?
I'm so glad you asked. When making these Easter rice krispies I experimented with a number of different ways of making the nests on top. Shredded wheat, coconut, toasted coconut and finally milk and white chocolate.
The shredded wheat made the easiest and best-looking nests. Probably because shredded wheat looks the most twig-like. But to be honest it also tasted the most twig-like :D.
The plain and toasted coconut was a close second and very easy, but not everyone likes coconut. The milk and white chocolate was hands down the best tasting, and most preferred by my kids. If anything the milk chocolate nests are easier to construct because the milk chocolate breaks into sticks better, as you can see in my mini egg cheesecake nests. But the white chocolate also tasted great, and worked better with this color scheme.
Help! My rice krispie treats have set too hard!
There are a couple of reasons for this.
- The mix was heated up to hot. High heat can make the sugar in the peeps start to harden like toffee. Try using a low to medium-low heat next time and let it melt more slowly.
- The mix was pressed too hard. Try pressing more gently when assembling the rice krispie treats and when smoothing down at the end.
Have you made this recipe? Tell me how it went in the comments below and tag me on instagram so I can see your delicious creations! @keep_calm_and_eat_icecream
Looking for more yummy dessert recipes?
Why not try making
Easter rice krispie treats
- 12 hole muffin tins
- 7.5 oz (215gms) marshmallows
- ⅓ cup (75gms) unsalted butter
- several drops green food color
- 4 ½ cups (160gms)_ rice krispies
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- neutral spray cooking oil to grease the tins
- 1 packet (125gms) mini eggs
- ½ block (90gms) ish white chocolate
- 1 tablespoon pastel colored sprinkles
- Add the butter to a large pot and head on low. Add the marshmallows. Heat on low to medium low, stiring frequently until all the marshmallows are melted and mixed into the butter.
- Add the vanilla extract and green food color and mix well. Spray the muffin tins with some baking oil.
- Add the rice krispies to the melted marshmallows and mix well. Spoon the mix into the greased muffin tins. Ideally create a shallow dip in the top big enough to put three mini eggs into.
- Allow to set for about two hours at room temperature.
- Remove the nest from the muffin tins. Chop the white chocolate into long thin pieces. Put three mini eggs on top of each treat.
- Use the white chocolate sticks to build a nest around the mini eggs. Try to have the stick poking out and overlapping each other.
- Finally dust with some sprinkles and you're done!
Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.
Join the community!
Like Keep Calm and Eat Ice Cream on Facebook for more great recipes
Pin it for later!