Today I was on one of our local news channels for a third time to show off my baking skills. I’ll be honest, when reporter Abby Furchner asked me to be on again to do Easter treats, I was little reluctant because I had no idea what I wanted to do. After sleeping on it, the next morning in the shower, I had an idea: EDIBLE EASTER BASKETS! So I immediately (finally) emailed Abby back with my idea and we were on the same page. And I refused to look up ideas on Pinterest before the airing because I wanted it to be fully my own!
The most exciting part of the basket (to me) was the base being made out of Rice Krispy treats. Here’s how I did it.
- Use one recipe of Krispy Treats following the directions straight from the side of the box.
- Thoroughly butter at 2 1/2 quart baking dish and pour the warm treats inside.
- Using slightly wet hands, start to form a well in the center of the rice crispy treats and push the treats towards the base and the sides.
- Continue pushing the rice crispy treats towards the base and sides until a basket is formed, making sure the top edge is flat and has even thickness.
- Refrigerate the form or let it sit out to firm up a bit before taking it out of the baking dish.
- Use a nonstick cake circle to place the basket on and have fun decorating with piped buttercream grass, coconut grass, or sprinkles.
- Fill the basket with other homemade baked goods and/or store-bought treats.
I made nest cupcakes with chocolate buttercream piped with a grass tip and filled them with Mini Cadbury Shimmer eggs. The blue is SOOO pretty!
Then I added some frosted, cut, sugar cookies and splattered them (not pictured above, Ha!) with a mixture of shimmer dust and vodka to look like speckled, malted eggs.
I also fancied up some store bought candy with drizzled candy melts. I thought the Recee’s peanut butter eggs looked like carrots so I used orange and green chocolate on those. The Hershey’s chocolate covered marshmallow eggs looked adorable with fun colored sprinkles.
Finally, you can dye coconut with green liquid food coloring and fill your basket with all these goodies and more! The cake pops pictured are courtesy of my friend Casey from Love In The Oven Bakery.
And there’s your spread! These make great centerpieces for your Easter table, they are perfect for older kids who aren’t so impressed with cheap plastic toys inside a dated basket, or I bet they’d put a smile on a neighbor’s face that might not have a family close by to enjoy this season.
Abby and I were both pleased with our edible Easter baskets and we had SO MUCH FUN making them! If you give this a try, tag me on Instagram @being.libby I’d love to see your creations! Thanks for tuning in and Happy Easter, friends!,