Crispy Easter Nests

Crispy Easter Nests Recipe
Greet your Easter guests with pint-sized crisp rice cereal treats. Place them at each spot around the lunch table or wrap them up as a dessert-to-go at the end of the afternoon. The green food dye transforms flake coconut into mock "grass" for your edible Easter basket.

Yield:

8 Servings

Nutritional Information

Calories 488
Fat 23 g
Satfat 18 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 67 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 250 mg

Ingredients

1 (14 oz.) bag sweetened flake coconut
Green food dye
1 (7.5 oz.) jar Marshmallow Fluff
3 cups Rice Krispies
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Cooking spray
24 Jordan almonds

Preparation

Place 1 (14 oz.) bag sweetened flake coconut in a bowl. Use a toothpick to apply and stir in a few drops of green food dye. Let dry. Melt 1 (7.5 oz.) jar Marshmallow Fluff in a pan over medium-low heat, stirring, until soft and pliable. Stir in 3 cups Rice Krispies. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips; remove from heat. Arrange 8 paper cupcake liners on a work surface. Mist hands with cooking spray. Gather a small amount of cereal mixture and shape to fit into a cupcake liner. Add more cereal to make a rim around top. Let cool. Make 7 more. Fill each nest with a bit of coconut and 3 Jordan almonds.

Note:

To make it easier to shape the cereal mixture into a nest, place the paper liners in a muffin pan so you'll have a hard surface to press against.  You can use either liquid food coloring or food coloring gel or paste.  Use a toothpick for the gel or paste; if you use the liquid food coloring, blend the coloring into the coconut with a fork.

March 2008
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