crispy marshmallow eggs

Crispy Marshmallow Eggs

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 (10 ounce) package marshmallows or
    1 (10 1/2 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
Food coloring, optional
6 cups toasted rice cereal
Nonstick cooking spray
Colored sprinkles, optional
Colored plastic wrap
Empty egg carton

Melt butter or margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows; stir until melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. For colored eggs, add food coloring to desired shade.

Immediately add cereal; mix lightly until well coated.

Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray. Working quickly, shape into 18 "eggs." Roll "eggs" in sprinkles if desired. Cool completely.

Place each "egg" on a 12-inch sheet of plastic wrap. Gather plastic wrap at top, twist to seal and tie with ribbon.

Decorate empty egg carton as desired and fill with wrapped "eggs."

Makes 1 1/2 dozen eggs.

Microwave: Heat margarine or butter in large microwaveable bowl at HIGH (100% power) for 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and mixture is smooth, stirring after 45 seconds. Continue as above.

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