If there’s any treat in this world more delightful than marshmallow covered cereal, I don’t know about it. And I don’t want to know about it.
These nests are not a sophisticated dessert, it’s true. But I would choose one of these chewy, crunchy, sweet Easter Cornflake Marshmallow Nests over a fancy shmancy mille feuille or a tartlet or even a brownie any day of the week. Controversial, I know. But they’re irresistible.
And the fact that they’re the easiest, cheapest and simplest treat to make in the world? Winning at life, my friend. Actually winning.
Everyone loves them! Kids and kidults alike. They are delightfully accessible to all, as well. They’re naturally gluten free and could be made vegan too, with a little tweaking (tweaking I have not done, so I can’t offer any real insight I’m afraid- but it’d be a case of using non dairy spread instead of butter.)
You can put little chicks on them too, if making them for Easter. I might have a chick addiction. A chiddiction. Remember these guys atop this Mini Egg Rocky Road? (The most pinned recipe of this site, by the way!)
I made these treats into sweet little nest shapes by greasing a muffin tin and forming the nests in there – but you could just as easily mound the cornflake mixture onto a greased/lined baking sheet and then press a hole in the middle in which to nestle your choccy eggs.
These little nests are incredibly moreish. I was really unhappy with the quality of these photos (because I took them on a dingy day, with a massively high ISO and consequently they’re grainy and a bit rubbish) but I couldn’t take them again, because basically I ate all of the nests (with a little help from Ed). So I had nothing left to re-photograph 😳 They’ll be a hit, no matter who you’re making them for.
Happy Easter everyone! xo
Easter Cornflake-Marshamallow Nests
Sweet, crunchy and chewy, these make a delicious Easter treat.
- 230 g mini marshmallows
- 150 g cornflakes
- 100 g unsalted butter Plus a little extra for greasing the muffin pan
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Good pinch salt
- About 40 chocolate eggs
Put the cornflakes in a large mixing bowl and crush the flakes with your hands until they're broken up into smaller pieces (but not dust!).
Place the marshmallows and butter in a saucepan, and melt together over a low heat. Stir from time to time to check that the marshmallows are melted - once the mixture is smooth and combined, it's ready. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and pinch of salt.
Pour the marshmallow mixture over the cornflakes and using a spatula, stir to combine (you might like to switch to using your hands to stir it, but do check that the marshmallow is cool enough to touch).
Spoon the mixture into a greased 12-hole muffin tin. Wet your hands a little, and use your fingers to push the mixture to the base and sides of the muffin tin holes to make 'nests'. Make a slight dent in the top of the nests to contain the chocolate eggs.
Place 2-3 chocolate eggs in the indentations of the nests, and leave the nests to set somewhere cool (doesn't have to be the fridge) for about an hour. To remove the nests from the tin, just gently prise them out of the tin using a teaspoon. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
If you're using Cadbury Mini Eggs in your nests, you will probably need to buy at least 2 x 90g bags of Mini Eggs to have enough for 3 eggs per nest (plus a few for the chef).