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birds nest cookies with chocolate rice cereal nest, gilled with chocolate ganache and topped with whipped cream and candy eggs
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Birds Nest Cookies

These simple birds nest cookies are the perfect Easter treat! Chocolate rice krispie treats are molded into nests, and filled with a dairy-free chocolate ganache, and topped with coconut whipped cream, and dairy-free Jordan almonds.
Prep Time20 mins
Cool25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Alison Corey


Rice Krispie Nests

  • 6 cups rice cereal organic
  • 4 cups vegan mini marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter

Chocolate Ganche Filling

  • 4 oz vegan chocolate chips
  • ½ cup coconut milk or cream


  • whipped coconut cream
  • 24 Jordan almonds pastel colors


  • In a medium saucepan melt the butter, and marshmallows on medium heat. Stir until marshmallows have combined with the butter. It will be a bit clumpy as vegan marshmallows don't melt the same way as regular. Stir in the cocoa powder until well combined.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Add in the rice cereal, stir with a spatula until the marshmallow and the cereal have completely combined.
  • Using your washed and clean hands, press the cereal into the molds making a hollow nest shape.
  • Transfer the molds to the refrigerator and allow to set for 25 minutes.
  • While the rice krispie nests are setting, make the chocolate ganache. Scoop the cream off the top of the coconut milk. The cream will rise to the top of the can. You don't want to use the water below the cream. Transfer the coconut cream to saucepan on medium heat. Warm until the cream melts and becomes a liquid.
  • Pour the chocolate chips into a bowl. Pour the warmed coconut milk over the chocolate chips. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before stirring. Whisk together until smooth.
  • Remove the nests from the refrigerator. Using a spoon, fill the nests with the chocolate ganache.
  • If you like, top each nest with coconut whipped cream. Then place 3 Jordan almonds on top or each nest. Enjoy!



  • If not vegan, feel free to use regular marshmallows, butter, and whipped cream.
  • These will keep for 2-3 days. 
  • Store in the refrigerator.
  • Don't top with the whipped cream and Jordan almonds until you're ready to serve.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 509IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 8mg