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Crunchy Critters

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

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Spring


  • 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


  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 Note

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

Reviews (19)

  • patcash 8 Oct, 2008

    I agree with Sewing Cats, I too want real cookies and not cereal.

  • lydell 18 Sep, 2008

    it's just in time for us here in Australia. Very cute!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Control 13 Sep, 2008

    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.

  • mizwiz 13 Sep, 2008

    I am going to use orange food color

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • pattiet 13 Sep, 2008

    Cute idea for spring, so why is it being posted in September? And I'm with Sewingcats4, I don't really consider the cereal and marshmallow combination to be a cookie.

  • Co0kielo0ver 13 Sep, 2008

    I am not even a teenager yet and I love cooking and I think this would be perfect for the little children I will be baby-sitting. Hope it tastes good.

  • gerri711 13 Sep, 2008

    i love any reciope that calls for cereal and when cereal is on sale i grab it using coupons of course to save more money keep the cookie reci[pes comin ty gerri

  • robin26 13 Sep, 2008

    sewingcats4, I think Martha is just trying to mix things up. What you don't consider to be a cookie or even appealing, just might be to someone else...lighten up! Remember, you only have to make the ones YOU want.

  • tazz95304 13 Sep, 2008

    I would like to know, do you make the chick then decorate it or decorate after all chicks are made.........thx if someone can help me

  • MaritoFlamingo 13 Sep, 2008

    These look adorable!!!... i'm looking forward to try these sometime soon!!!!

  • MARE44 13 Sep, 2008

    My grandkids love rice krispie treats. I think I'll try these using that recipe. Great for Easter treats.

  • Sewingcats4 13 Sep, 2008

    I am a bit dissapointed in the last few cookies of the day recipes. Most of them all seem to contain some sort of cereal and I really don't consider them cookies. I signed up for thecookie of the day in hopes that I would be receiving some really interesting cookie recipes. Not what I expected from Martha Stewart!!!

  • michellelee 31 Mar, 2008

    You have to work really fast once the cornflakes are added in Step 1 as the mixture cools and hardens very quickly. I had trouble forming round balls as my mixture had already hardened considerably. Also, it is best to really, really butter the bowl; i greased mine lightly and had great trouble getting the nests out.

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