This spring is flying by — in a blink, it’s mid-April! We didn’t end up making the spring desserts we planned to share during the last five weeks since our chef & baker broke his wrist recently, but we still found something fun to make for Easter weekend!
We’ve been binge-watching Master Chef & Master Chef, Jr. on Hulu recently, and now our little one really wants to learn to cook & bake. She’s still learning some basic techniques & while these treats won’t win any awards on Master Chef, they were something our girl could make on her own with minimal assistance.
Based on the popular, name-brand-crisp-rice treats, we tweaked thing a bit. Using a small amount of food coloring — I like the Wilton Gel colors — we dyed some sweetened coconut to a pretty shade of Leaf Green & set it aside while she melted the marshmallows & butter in a saucepan on the stove.
We used both cocoa rice & regular so we could make a double-decker version in the 8 x 8″ pan, then used the rest of the cocoa rice for little “nests.” To make the nests, we used a small amount of butter to grease a mini-muffin pan & pressed the rice/marshmallow mixture into the cups. Using a piece of waxed paper, also greased with a little butter, we pressed the mixture down into the muffin tin shaping them into our tiny nests.
Once they were cooled & firmed up, we removed them from the muffin pan & she decorated them with the shredded coconut & some malt ball eggs. We did the same with the double decker version made in the pan – decorating them with the coconut & malt ball eggs, too.
Such a simple and cute little dessert for a party — best thing was that it was something she could make herself that seemed “fancy.”
What fun treats do you like to make this time of year?
Happy Baking & Cooking!