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I saw a cute recipe for birds in a nest using Twinkies, toasted coconut, and other yummy things. You can get it here. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of any of the ingredients and it also looked time consuming to make the coconut nests. So, we made up our own version using things we had in the pantry. Green-tinted rice krispy treats make up the "nest" with a yellow circus peanut making up the bird. (Twinkies, milano cookies, or anything elongated and yellowish would work, too!). Tweet, Tweet! Have fun!
6 C. Rice Krispy Cereal
3 T. margarine or butter
10 oz. marshmallows
Small amount of coconut
Yellow, green, and red food coloring
Black frosting or piping gel (or mini-chocolate chips would work, too)
chocolate eggs or jellybeans (optional, for garnish)
Make up royal icing (recipes to make it using either meringue powder or egg whites are here). Tint entire batch yellow. Scoop out at least 1/2 c. into a bowl and tint with red to make orange. Keep bowl covered with damp cloth to prevent hardening.
Finally, place small amount of coconut in baggie and add a few drops yellow food coloring. Mash around to mix and tint the coconut. Place a small amount of frosting on top of the chicks head and add a pinch of coconut "feathers". Step back and watch these little "tweets" take flight!