Cocoa Pebbles Easter Nests

Published Date: March 30, 2023

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Close up of a plate filled with cocoa pebbles treats shaped like nests with chocolate eggs and colorful sprinkles for Easter or spring.

These Cocoa Pebbles Easter Nests are an easy no-bake treat made with only 5 ingredients and then topped with mini Cadbury eggs and sprinkles! This is a great recipe for little hands to help with!

For another sticky marshmallow Easter treat, try these Cadbury Egg Rice Krispie Treats or a batch of Easter Rice Krispie Treats that are made with 3 kinds of cereal!

Close up of a plate filled with cocoa pebbles treats shaped like nests with chocolate eggs and colorful sprinkles for Easter or spring.

Hop into the fun of Easter by making these Cocoa Pebbles Easter Nests! These easter nests are a chocolate variation of rice Krispie treats that are then filled with peanut butter, easter eggs, and sprinkles!

It takes less than an hour to whip up a dozen and a half of these fun easter treats, yet everyone will love them!

All About These Edible Easter Nests

Taste: These Easter nests combine chocolaty cocoa pebbles with salty peanut butter! Making it the perfect dessert for those that love a good salty-sweet treat!

Texture: Sticky marshmallowy goodness holds these crunchy cereal nests together! In the center of each is smooth, creamy peanut butter with crunchy candy on top!

Close up of a cocoa pebbles easter egg nest dessert with a bite taken out of it.

Mix Up Your Nest!

The great thing about this edible easter nest recipe is how easy it is to mix it up! Though we love ours with cocoa pebbles, you can switch up the cereal for one you may enjoy more.

You can try making these nests with any cereal that’s similar to rice Krispies. Fruity pebbles or even using rice Krispies themselves would all make for great easter nests. You could also swap out 1 cup of cereal for a cup of shredded coconut – YUM!

The variations don’t stop at the cereal, though. You can also swap out the peanut butter for Nutella, cookie butter, or even cinnamon toast crunch spread!

And, of course, you can switch up the candy eggs as well! We love making ours with Cadbury mini eggs, but you can use any chocolate eggs, jelly beans, easter-colored M&Ms, or even robin eggs.

If you’re feeling a little extra, mix together equal parts peanut butter and powdered sugar to use as the filling for a fudge-like texture!

Overhead photo of chocolate easter nest cookies on a plate.

Tips For Making Cocoa Pebbles Easter Nests

  • Muffin Pan – Regular muffin tins are best to form these treats into their fun nest shape. Before transferring the mixture, make sure to coat the wells of the muffin tin with cooking spray. Doing so will help to easily remove the nests when you’re ready to enjoy them!
  • Melting – When heating the marshmallows, salt, and butter on the stovetop, only do so until the mixture is fully melted. The treats may not turn out deliciously soft and chewy if the mixture is overcooked!
  • Nesting – Don’t forget to form a dip in the center of the nests once the mixture is in the wells of the tin. This dip will hold the peanut butter and eggs! I found that using the back of a tablespoon or a spoon to press gently into the mixture formed the best dip. However, feel free to use your fingers if you’d like!
  • Assembling – Wait until the cocoa pebble nests have firmed up before assembling the rest of the nest. If not, the mixture could shift and lose its nest shape while causing the walls of the nest to become thin.
Step-by-step photo collage showing how to make cocoa pebbles easter nests.

Fun, festive desserts such as these Cocoa Pebbles Easter Nests are always one of the best parts of any holiday! Another tasty Easter recipe to try is this Cadbury Fudge made with creme eggs in just 20 minutes.

Every year we also like to make sure that our kids learn the real story behind Easter. Therefore, we make these simple yet tasty Resurrection Rolls, an edible lesson kids can help with!

Storage Instructions For These Cadbury Egg Nests

These birds’ nests are best enjoyed the same day they’re made. However, you can store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature to eat for an additional 2 days.

How Come My Cocoa Pebbles Nests Came Out Hard?

Hard cocoa pebbles treats can happen when the marshmallow mixture is overcooked. Therefore, it’s important only to heat the mixture until it fully melts.

Another reason hard treats can happen is if the treat mixture is pressed too hard into the pan. Be sure to gently press the mixture in without compacting it!

What Should I Do If The Marshmallow Cereal Mixture Sticks To The Back Of My Spoon When I Try To Make A Dent For The Nest?

Lightly spray the back of your spoon, tablespoon, or even fingers with cooking spray. This will prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands or spoons as you press a dent in the middle of the nest.

Can I Use Salted Butter In This Recipe?

Yes, salted butter can be used when making these easter nests. To do so, just omit the additional salt the recipe calls for.

Close up of a plate filled with cocoa pebbles treats shaped like nests with chocolate eggs and colorful sprinkles for Easter or spring.
Close up of a plate filled with cocoa pebbles treats shaped like nests with chocolate eggs and colorful sprinkles for Easter or spring.

Cocoa Pebbles Chocolate Easter Nests

These Cocoa Pebbles Easter Nests are an easy no-bake treat made with only 5 ingredients and then topped with mini Cadbury eggs and sprinkles! This is a great recipe for little hands to help with!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate nests, easter nests
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 18 people

EQUIPMENT

  • Large pot
  • 2 12-cup muffin tins

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter half a stick
  • teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows about ¾ of a 10 oz bag
  • 5 cups Cocoa Pebbles cereal
  • 18 tablespoons creamy peanut butter just over 1 cup
  • Sprinkles of choice
  • 54 mini cadbury eggs about 1 ¼ cup

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Lightly grease two 12-cup muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a pot over low heat, melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter and then stir in ⅛ teaspoon salt.
  • Add 4 cups mini marshmallows, stirring occasionally until fully melted. Remove the pot from the heat.
  • Add and gently fold in 5 cups Cocoa Pebbles cereal until completely coated in the melted marshmallows.
  • Fill each muffin cup with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the cocoa pebbles mixture and then press it into the cup to mold it. Make sure not to press too hard or it can make the treats tough. There should be a small dip in the center to fill with the peanut butter. Let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to cool and firm up.
  • Once the nests have set, divide the 18 tablespoons creamy peanut butter to top each next with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter each.
  • Add Sprinkles of choice if desired and then divide the 54 mini cadbury eggs to top each nest with 3 mini Cadbury eggs.
  • Carefully remove each nest with a butter knife or wooden skewer and then place on a serving platter.

NOTES

  • Storage Instructions: These birds’ nests are best enjoyed the same day they’re made. However, you can store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature to eat for an additional 2 days.
  • How Come My Cocoa Pebbles Nests Came Out Hard? Hard cocoa pebbles treats can happen when the marshmallow mixture is overcooked. Therefore, it’s important only to heat the mixture until it fully melts. Another reason hard treats can happen is if the treat mixture is pressed too hard into the pan. Be sure to gently press the mixture in without compacting it!
  • What Should I Do If The Marshmallow Cereal Mixture Sticks To The Back Of My Spoon When I Try To Make A Dent For The Nest? Lightly spray the back of your spoon, tablespoon, or even fingers with cooking spray. This will prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands or spoons as you press a dent in the middle of the nest.
  • Can I Use Salted Butter In This Recipe? Yes, salted butter can be used when making these easter nests. To do so, just omit the additional salt the recipe calls for.

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