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Crunchy Critters

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Crispy cornflake chicks in a chocolaty cereal nest are a sure sign that spring is on the way.

  • Yield: Makes 7 nests and 14 chicks
Crunchy Critters made out of cornflakes and marshmallows

Photography: Gemma Comas

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Spring

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for bowls
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 1/2 cups finely crushed corn flakes
  • 1/4 cup black and brown candy-coated chocolate pieces, crushed
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels, melted
  • 2 teaspoons smooth peanut butter
  • Candies, for decorating

Directions

  1. Toast coconut in 350 degree oven until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, stirring once. Butter seven 3 1/2-inch bowls; set aside. Melt butter in saucepan. Add marshmallows; stir until melted. Stir in cornflakes. Set aside 1 3/4 cups of the mixture in a medium bowl.

  2. Stir 1/2 cup coconut, crushed chocolate pieces, and melted chocolate into mixture in pan. Press into bowls to form nests. Refrigerate 1 hour.

  3. Form chicks from reserved mixture (attach 1- and 3/4-inch cereal balls with peanut butter). Decorate with candies. Remove nests from bowls; line with coconut. Add chicks.

Cook's Notes

Tiny Features: Try snipped licorice ropes for eyes, candy-coated chocolates for wings, and candy-coated sunflower seeds for beaks.

Reviews Add a comment

  • patcash
    8 OCT, 2008
    I agree with Sewing Cats, I too want real cookies and not cereal.
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  • lydell
    18 SEP, 2008
    it's just in time for us here in Australia. Very cute!
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  • bananaboat
    18 SEP, 2008
    Lighten up diefenbaker. Sewingcats4 and pattiet were in no way critical, and your remark about a lack of imagination was mean spirited and uncalled for. They both just pretty much stated the obvious, namely, that while this spring cookie is very cute, it is inappropriate for fall. I think most people want to make seasonally appropriate crafts and foods, and are looking for a little bit more of a challenge that cereal and marshmallows. I do plan to make these come spring, and hope mine look half as good as Martha's, but at this time of the year want something in a more autumnal theme.
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  • anniequinn
    16 SEP, 2008
    hey mizwiz, good idea about the orange food coloring. I might try to make these and make them into little pumpkins instead of little chicks.
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  • diefenbaker
    13 SEP, 2008
    Pity that Sewingcats4 and pattiet have zero imagination. Its great when creativity is being displayed, even if it isn't in the shape of a cookie. What shape is a cookie supposed to be? Maybe by the time that you have made all of the other 364 "Cookies of the Day" you will realize that imagination and creativity are a gift-even though they don't it in the perimeters of a "Cookie". These look like so much fun, I can't wait to make them, so step outside the "circle" and enjoy!
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  • Control
    13 SEP, 2008
    Sewingcats4: I was thinking the same, but I'm sure it's just because of kids going back to school recently, and these are all kid-friendly type of recipes. I expect more traditional kinds of cookies again pretty soon.
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  • mizwiz
    13 SEP, 2008
    I am going to use orange food color
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  • anitalasanowski
    13 SEP, 2008
    P.S. This is a great one for girl scouts. You can make leaves instead of nests and put various insects on the leaves. It would be appropriate any time of year. I think the girls could really get into that.
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  • anitalasanowski
    13 SEP, 2008
    I think these are delightfull and I am glad that you are publishing recipes that use cereal as well as art form. My grandkids love making anything with cereal. I personally am glad that you include a diversity of recipes in your collection-it is a lot less boring this way. Thanks
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  • shelle17
    13 SEP, 2008
    Why do people have to complain every time there is a recipe or craft that they don't like. That's what the delete button is for.
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