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THE RECIPE BOX: Kids will enjoy festive Easter brownie nests

Easter brownie nests are a chocolatey treat for the whole family to make together. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

Easter brownie nests are a chocolatey treat for the whole family to make together. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

Here’s a simple Easter dish to whip up real fast with the kiddos — Easter brownie nests.

I know there will be plenty of egg dying and egg hunting going on in the next couple of weeks, but there is nothing like adding something chocolatey to all of the Easter fun.

I originally saw a picture of this sweet treat in a magazine, and since then I’ve seen several other recipes pop up here and there.

Some of the recipes call for different amounts of eggs and no oil in the brownie base, but to keep things simple, for this recipe we will be following the directions on the back of the brownie mix.

To top off the brownie nests, I suggest using Cadbury Mini Eggs, mainly because those are my favorite. But adding jelly beans, or Jordan almonds, or even a marshmallow peep to the top of the nest would be just as cute.

Also, I suggest making the brownies in the mini muffin pans, instead of the regular size muffin pan, that way you have more of them to share with family and friends.

Lastly, this is a great treat to transport to any kind of function, including school or church. There is no icing involved, therefore you don’t have to worry about making a mess of your treat while in transit. Simply carry your brownie nests as is and top with the eggs upon arrival.

Easter brownie nests

One box of brownie mix

One 16-ounce bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs

Make the brownie batter and preheat the oven following the directions on the back of the brownie mix.

Spray two mini muffin pans with a nonstick cooking spray.

Divide the batter into the pans evenly, filling the cups about two-thirds of the way.

Bake as directed on back of brownie box.

As soon as the brownies are baked, gently press the centers of the brownies to make an indent.

Allow the brownies to completely cool before removing them from the muffin pan.

Top each brownie nest off with two or three Cadbury Mini Eggs.

Tip: Lay the nests on Easter paper grass or edible Easter grass to make the treat more festive looking.