Nothing says Easter like some chocolate eggs! Make the most adorable Easter Rice Krispie Treats that look like little bird nests! Welcome spring with this simple, no bake dessert that nobody can loves.Jump to Recipe
Is there anything better than the simplicity of Rice Krispie Treat bird nest cookies for Easter?!
They’re an easy no bake, sweet and nostalgic treat. Plus, they’re just so stinking cute!
Bird nest cookies are a great recipe to make with kids to get everyone into the spirit of the new spring season (without risking burning down the kitchen)!
And if you aren’t spending the day with kids, they’re great for an Easter brunch too….because bottomless mimosas always taste better with some bite sized junk food! So let’s get fat, drunk, and happy to welcome spring this year!
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What’s up with eggs for Easter?
If you’ve ever wondered why we celebrate Easter with symbols of eggs and bunnies everywhere, well wonder no further!
Eggs have long represented the celebration of the rebirth of the world, driving away winter.
They are simply a symbol of rebirth. In dozens of ancient cultures, their stories of the beginning of the world tell of gods, men, and the sun hatching from eggs. (Apparently to them, the egg came before the chicken…and everything else).
The egg is a promise of new life, fresh potential, and warmer weather. The rebirth of nature is something that many ancient people (and let’s be honest, modern people) dream of starting with the first bite of the winter cold.
I know you’ve been sitting in your bed all winter wishing it were summer, you can’t lie to me!
Religion + Easter
The German goddess of the dawn was called Ēostre (or Ostara), which most historians agree is where we derived the English word, Easter.
Because she was considered a the bringer of light it makes sense that she was the celebrated goddess of the spring equinox (when day and night are equal and in complete balance.
Hence the Wiccan celebration of spring and new beginnings being called Ostara and it occurs during the spring equinox.
Christianity and Eggs
Easter has always been more of a celebration of spring, new life, and new beginnings, wayyyy before the creation and spread of Christianity. The “rebirth” of the world after a frigid winter just goes along nicely with the idea of Jesus’ resurrection.
In Fact the phoenix was adopted as a Christian symbol in the first century AD. The egg that it was reborn from became the symbol on which we now base Easter eggs on. And traditionally, Christian Easter eggs were dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus and his resurrection and all that stuff. (source).
So yeah…that’s your short history of eggs and Easter. Lesson over. Let’s move on to the actual recipe, shall we?
Tips + Tricks for Perfect Bird Nest Cookies
Add a half tablespoon of cocoa powder to your saucepan when you melt your marshmallows. This will dye your marshmallows brown and make them look a lot prettier and more appetizing for your finished nests.
White marshmallows don’t look as pretty on Cocoa Pebbles.
This recipe makes about 21 bird nest cookies. Typically, mini marshmallow bags come in 10oz, so if you don’t want to store the marshmallows, just double the recipe. I just feel like 42 bird nests is quite a lot to eat…especially if you aren’t having a huge Easter get together.
Don’t store your bird nest cookies in the fridge. I know it’s tempting to preserve them longer but it dries them out and makes them much harder.
If you do decide they have to go in the fridge, keep them in an airtight container and warm them in the microwave before eating…but of course they won’t be as tasty as if you just store them on the counter in a sealed container.
Easter Rice Krispie Treats Materials
Use one of these grass piping tips to really give the bird nest cookies that bird nest feeling.
Or your favorite chocolate rice cereal. (In my opinion Cocoa Pebbles are just the superior chocolate cereal).
These or the Cadbury eggs are the perfect size in these Easter Rice Krispie Treats but I’m a sucker for the simplicity and nostalgia of M&Ms so that’s what I like to go with.
Mini muffin tins are like the best thing in existence! They are the best tool to make bite sized treats of all kinds and I personally believe anyone who loves cute and tiny things needs one in their kitchen.
This is the one I have. It holds 48 mini bites…it’s large…and rather excessive if I’m being completely honest. So if you want to be more practical with your life choices, I recommend this one that holds 24.
Bird Nest Easter Rice Krispie Treats
- 3 cups cocoa pebbles
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 5 oz mini marshmallows
- ½ tbsp cocoa powder
- 50 m&ms
- 2 tbsp butter unsalted, room temperature
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp milk
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- green food coloring as much as desired
- Spray a mini muffin tin with some non stick cooking spray or grease with butter. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, melt your butter over medium heat. Mix in your marshmallows and cocoa powder. Stir until smooth.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your Cocoa Pebbles and melted marshmallows mixture folding it together with a silicone spatula until well incorporated. Note1
- Take a tablespoon of the Cocoa Pebble mixture and press it firmly into the mini muffin tin. Use the back of a tablespoon to really compact the cereal together and to create your divot for your nest.
- Allow the rice krispie treats to cool fully (about and hour).
Make Your Buttercream
- In a small bowl, whip together your powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk until smooth and fluffy. Add in the green food coloring until you reach your desired coloring.
- Fill your piping bag with buttercream and use a grass piping tip to fill the centers of your nests with grass. Place 2-3 m&m eggs in the center. Use a butter knife to remove the nests from the muffin tin. Serve and enjoy!
- Store any extras in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.
Spring is here which means it’s time to celebrate surviving the winter long enough to welcome something new…and warmer! Eggs will probably always be the most popular symbol associated with spring and good thing too. Chocolate always seems to be extra tasty in the shape of an egg (or a bunny).
And because these bird nest cookies are just so easy and adorable they’re basically spring made edible! How can life get better?
Easter Rice Krispie Treats are always a hit and disappear so quickly. But then again, any Rice Krispie Treat tends to disappear quickly.
If you have a deep love for Rice Krispie Treats too, make sure you check out some of these recipes!
And since you’re still here, why not check out some of our other dessert recipes to enjoy everything the season has to offer!
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