Make fun Mini Egg Rice Krispie Squares for Easter! These easy bird's nest rice krispies are made in less than 10 minutes. They use premade rice krispie squares topped with melted marshmallow, coconut grass, mini eggs and pretzel sticks.
My kids love creating sweet Easter recipes, and these Mini Egg Rice Krispie Squares are something they came up with after helping to put together this Easter candy charcuterie board. Easter is their favorite holiday, I'm sure it's because of all the bunny-themed desserts and treats they know they get to enjoy! Chocolate Easter dirt cups are another one of their favorites.
These treats take less than 10 minutes to put together. There is no baking or cooking necessary (just a simple melting of marshmallows). All ingredients are store bought and each krispie square can be made a little differently. So give the kids a few to decorate themselves and see what creation they come up with!
Mini egg rice krispie squares can be made into birds nests or a grassy egg field-or anything else you can think of!
What You Need
- Mini Rice Krispie Squares: or if you want to make larger ones, the standard size Rice Krispies are good.
- Shredded coconut: use sweetened for the best flavor.
- Green food coloring: to dye the shredded coconut and make "grass".
- Marshmallows: either mini or jumbo.
- Pretzel sticks: these are optional and can be used to make bird nests instead of a grassy egg field.
- Cadbury Mini Eggs: or use jelly beans or a combination of both.
STEP 1: Prepare your workspace first, since once the marshmallow is melted you'll need to work fairly quick. Arrange the mini Rice Krispie squares on a serving dish, parchment paper or wax paper (anywhere that is okay to get a little messy). Get the jelly beans or mini egg bags open and ready to use. Break the pretzel sticks into 2 or 3 pieces.
Next dye the shredded coconut green to make grass. Put the coconut into a mixing bowl and mix it with a few drops of green food coloring. Continue adding food coloring as needed to reach your desired shade of green.
The last step of preparation is to melt the marshmallows. Put the marshmallows into a microwave-safe bowl and add 2 teaspoons of water. Heat in the microwave in 15 second increments until melted, mixing well between increments. This should take about 60 seconds total for jumbo marshmallows and a less time for mini marshmallows.
STEP 2: Dollop about 1 teaspoon of melted marshmallow onto each mini krispie square. Working quickly, sprinkle with coconut grass and/or broken pretzels. Arrange 2-4 mini eggs or jelly beans on top and press them down into the melted marshmallow so they stick.
Mini egg rice krispie squares are ready to serve immediately, but you may want to wait a couple minutes so the gooey marshmallow hardens a bit.
Mini Egg Rice Krispie Squares are best enjoyed the same day or at least, the next day. So if you plan to make them ahead of Easter, it's best to do it no earlier than the night before.
Keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Do not freeze or put into the fridge, as the cold temperature will harden the marshmallows and candies.
Mini Egg Rice Krispie Squares
- 2 small mixing bowls
- Prepare a work space by arranging the mini Rice Krispie squares on a serving dish or parchment paper. Put marshmallows into a microwave-safe bowl and add 2 teaspoons of water. Put shredded coconut into another mixing bowl and combine with a few drops of green food coloring. Stir well, adding food coloring as needed to reach your desired shade of green. Break pretzel sticks into 2 or 3 pieces and have mini eggs/jelly beans ready to use.
- Heat the bowl of marshmallows in the microwave in 15 second increments until melted. Mix well between increments. Melting takes about 60 seconds total.
- Dollop about 1 teaspoon of melted marshmallow onto each krispie square. Working quickly, sprinkle with coconut grass and/or broken pretzels. Arrange 2-4 mini eggs or jelly beans on top and press them down into the melted marshmallow so they stick.
- Allow marshmallow to harden for a few minutes, then serve.