Peeps in marshmallow nests are adorable. And they are so easy and fun to make, you can have your little ones help you make them.

You can make these treats dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free if you’re careful about the brands of the ingredients you use. Rice Krispies, for example, aren’t gluten-free, but some brands of crisped rice cereal are. Remember that, even if you use only “safe” ingredients, someone with a severe food allergy may not be able to eat them if your kitchen isn’t safe.

Peeps in marshmallow nests


1/4 c butter or dairy-free margarine
4 c miniature marshmallows
Green food coloring (optional)
5 c Rice Krispies cereal (or a gluten-free brand of crispy rice cereal)
Green decorating sugar (optional)
Jelly beans


Grease two muffin pans. If you use silicone muffin pans, you don’t need to grease them.

In a large pan, melt the margarine slowly over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly until they’re completely melted. Don’t try to hurry this part. Take your time.

When the marshmallow mixture is completely smooth, stir in green food coloring if you’re using it. Mix well.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cereal.

Scoop the warm cereal mixture into the muffin pans. Push the cereal firmly against the bottom and sides of the cups, forming a nest shape. This is easiest to do if you put on some food-handlers gloves and use your hands. The back of a greased spoon works, too.

Sprinkle each nest with green sugar, to give it a little bit of sparkle.

Let the nests cool completely, then remove them from the muffin pans.

Add a few jelly beans to each nest, and place a Peep on top.

Makes 24.

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