rice krispie treat nests

Easter is one of my very favorite holidays, of course because of religious reasons but also because of the FOOD. Thanksgiving and Christmas are often credited as being the best when it comes to indulgence, but Easter ranks right up there for me and I look forward to the sweet treats  every year once spring arrives. Give me all the Cadbury Creme Eggs, homemade ice cream, Sweetart Jelly Beans, and carrot cakes, please! Just don't give me all the Peeps. I will throw those nasty things in the trash. 

Bear and I visited See's Candies a few days ago to let him pick out chocolates for his teachers and the idea for these rice krispie nests was born. We found the perfect-sized chocolate eggs and I'd already been wanting to make rice krispie treats for our playgroup party the following day, so it was an easy decision! We made a quick Target run for some edible grass and got busy. Bear loved assisting with these (when he wasn't shoving all the eggs in his mouth)- he thought it was so much fun helping me unwrap each egg and placing it in the "nest".

The nests are made easily by spraying a muffin tin and shaping each rice krispie treat with a spoon. Let them sit for 20-30 minutes to cool and then remove to decorate each nest!

3 tablespoons butter
6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
1 pkg. (10 oz.) + 2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pkg. edible grass
2 pkg. See's chocolate eggs (about 60 pieces)

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in vanilla. Remove from heat and stir in cereal. 
Spray two muffin tins with PAM (or butter them) and scoop rice krispie mixture into each "muffin spot", filling it about halfway full. Taking a spoon, shape the treats into a nest shape, with the edges rising higher than the middle.
Allow nests to cool for 30 minutes before removing to decorate. While nests are cooling, break apart edible grass into 1-2 inch pieces and unwrap all chocolate eggs.
Place grass and eggs in each nest and enjoy!
*recipe makes 20-24 treats

It's another rainy day in Houston and I'm currently working from my favorite spot, Levure Bakery, while Bear is in Mother's Day Out. I had plans of running errands afterwards but I think I'll avoid the rain and enjoy a second latte instead. :)
Hope you're having a wonderful week! 
xo, Britt