April 9, 2011

Favorite Spring Treat

Each spring, my kids ask to make these birds' nests as a treat.  They are really easy to make, so the kids can help a lot, and they are pretty cute (the kids and the treats).  They love taking them to friends and eating them too.

For the Rice Krispie treats, we use the traditional recipe on the side of the package:

3 Tbsp. butter
4 cups mini marshmallows or 40 big marshmallows
6 cups cereal (We used cocoa krispies, because they're brown.)

To get ready, spray with nonstick cooking spray some muffin tins and a large bowl.  Measure the cereal into the bowl (I used more than 6 cups cereal.  I used a whole 16.5 oz. package.  I'm not sure how many cups that is.  9? 10?).   Melt the butter and marshmallows over low heat until just a few lumps remain.  If you cook the marshmallows too long the treats will turn out hard instead of gooey, so don't overheat. Pour marshmallows into the bowl full of cereal and mix up. Next, wet your hands slightly (I keep a wet towel handy to help keep my hands damp) and pick up a handful of the mixture.  Press it into the muffin tin, pressing down in the middle and up on the sides to make the shape of the nests. Keep doing that until all the treat is used up.  Add a few bird eggs while the treats are still gooey.  We used the Whopper Robins' Eggs, but jelly beans work well too.  Once they've cooled, use a fork to help pop the nests out.  Add a Peeps mother bird on top and they're ready to go.  This recipe made 29 birds' nests for us.

I love this little goofball

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