Rice Krispie Nests are an easy 5-ingredient no bake Easter treat made with typical Rice Krispie treat ingredients, edible grass, and chocolate eggs.
Whether you are looking for an easy Easter dessert or simply a fun treat to make with the kids this Spring, these Rice Krispie Easter nests are sure to be a hit.
They are easy to make, super adorable, and delicious too!
I love a good no-bake recipe, and these Rice Krispies nests are one of my favorites. With their Spring time vibe, this fun Easter treat is perfect to make this time of year.
Plus, the easy dessert recipe makes a fun Easter activity for the kids to help make in the kitchen.
For another bird-nest-themed dessert, check out these no-bake birds nest cookies made with chow mein noodles.
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Butter– We prefer using salted butter to balance out the sweetness but unsalted butter can also be used if you prefer.
- Miniature Marshmallows– I find the small marshmallows melt down quicker than the large ones but either can be used.
- Rice Krispie Cereal– A 9 ounce box will give you more than enough for this recipe. You could use other brands of crispy rice cereal but I find genuine Rice Krispies make the best Rice Krispie Treats.
- Chocolate egg candies– I like using Cadbury Mini Eggs but Robin’s Eggs, jelly beans, or Jordan almonds would all be great options, too. Really any egg-shaped candy would work.
- Edible Easter Grass– the green apple-flavored edible grass is perfect for making the treats look like a bird’s nest.
- large mixing bowl
- large saucepan
- non-stick cooking spray
- muffin tins / cupcake tin
- measuring cup
- rubber spatula
How to Make Rice Krispie Nests
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
Prepare Rice Krispies: Melt butter in a large pot on the stovetop. Add the mini marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir in cereal.
Shape: Press the mixture into the cups of a grease muffin tin. Use your fingers or a spoon to make an indentation in the center to form a nest shape.
Decorate: Once set, remove nests from the pan and top with easter grass and candy eggs.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Place sheets of wax paper between layers to prevent sticking.
I do not recommend freezing Easter rice krispie treats.
Substitutions and variations
Instead of using edible grass, Rice Krispie treat nests can be made with shredded coconut dyed green with green food coloring.
Try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract to your marshmallow mixture for added flavor.
If you are a chocolate lover try using melted white chocolate color green with food coloring or green candy melts in the rice cups instead of grass. This variation is easier to transport as well since the egg candies stick to the chocolate.
Tips and Tricks
Use fresh marshmallows. Stale marshmallows won’t melt as easily and won’t give the proper texture.
Do not overcook marshmallows. Remove them from the heat as soon as they’re melted. Overcooking will cause them to harden making your crispy treats too hard.
Grease your hands. Lightly grease your hands with non-stick spray to make shaping the rice cereal mixture easier.
More easy Easter desserts
- Bunny Bait
- Easter Bark – with mini eggs
- Easter candy cake
- Twinkie Bunny Cars – such a cute idea!
- Easter Bunny Bark
Looking for even more Easter ideas? Check out all of our Easter recipes!
Rice Krispie Nests
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- Coat 2 muffin tins with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and continue stirring until melted and smooth.
- Remove from heat, pour in rice cereal, and stir gently until cereal is well-coated.
- Press the rice krispie treat mixture into the cups of the muffin pan, making an indention in the center of each to create little nests.
- Allow the nests to set (about 20 minutes) and then remove from the muffin tin.
- Add grass and 3 mini eggs to each nest.
The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by a third party and intended to serve as an estimate only. The accuracy of nutritional information is not guaranteed.
Originally published March 30, 2018. Updated February 17, 2022 with a new recipe and accompanying photos. The original recipe using melted chocolate is included as a recipe variation above.