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These adorable chocolate Easter nests are easy to make and a fun treat to celebrate the season. The bird's nest cookies are made with dried chow mein noodles and chocolate and filled with mini candy eggs. They're a cute and delicious Easter dessert!
This recipe was originally published in 2012. We've updated the post with some new photos and more information, but we've left the delicious recipe exactly the same.
Aren't these the cutest things you have ever seen?!
Not only are they cute, but they're also really tasty. The crunchy little noodles coated in chocolate have that sweet and salty magic to them. And any excuse to eat more mini eggs is a good one.
We don't have a lot of cutesy kid recipes here, mostly because they tend to be fairly finicky. But these totally adorable Easter bird's nest cookies are not finicky at all. These little things are as easy to make as they are to eat.
- Divide chow mein noodles between two bowls.
- Now, pour some melted white chocolate into one of the bowls of noodles and mix it around.
- Make 4 little nests on a piece of parchment paper. And don't worry too much about the way they look – imperfections make them look like real nests.
- Now repeat steps 2 and 3 but this time you use dark chocolate and a little peanut butter. Yum! Once your bird's nests have hardened, you can fill them with candy mini eggs.
Chow mein noodles – this might seem like an odd ingredient to eat raw, but they're deliciously crunchy when coated in chocolate. And if you've ever tried our ramen noodle salad, you'll know that some noodles are wonderful raw.
Chocolate – we use both white chocolate (for the white nests) and dark chocolate (for the brown nests.)
Peanut butter – if you don't like peanuts or have an allergy, you can omit this.
Butter – a little butter helps melt the chocolate nicely.
Sea salt – just a pinch for flavor.
Mini eggs – while we love the star of the show, you could use jelly beans.
This is a really fun recipe to play with as there are all sorts of variations to try, and they always seem to turn out perfectly.
Instead of making the bird's nest cookies with chow mein noodles, try one of these alternatives:
- Dry ramen noodles
- Puffed wheat cereal
Instead of using white and dark chocolate, try one of these:
- Butterscotch chips
- Mint chocolate chips
- Milk chocolate chips
- A mix of chocolate and butterscotch chips
- Or try adding a few drops of your favorite extract like cinnamon, orange, or almond
More Easter desserts
- Oatmeal Carrot Whoopie Cookies
- Glazed Coconut Lemon Sugar Cookies
- Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Coconut Lemon Energy Balls
- Lavender Lemon Angel Food Cake
- 2 cups dried chow mein noodles (divided)
- 2 ounces chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons butter (divided)
- 2 pinches sea salt
- 2 ounces white chocolate
- ½ cup Mini chocolate eggs or jelly beans
- Place parchment paper over a baking sheet. Divide the chow mein noodles evenly between 2 small bowls.2 cups dried chow mein noodles
- Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of the butter, and a pinch of sea salt either in your microwave or in a small pan over low heat. When it's melted, stir it well then pour it over the chow mein noodles in one bowl.2 ounces chocolate chips, 2 pinches sea salt, 1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
- Mix the noodles and chocolate well then create 4 small nests with the chocolate noodles on the prepared baking sheet.
- Next, melt the white chocolate with the remaining teaspoon of butter and a pinch of salt then pour it over the other bowl of chow mein noodles and toss to coat. Form into 4 nests on the baking sheet.2 ounces white chocolate
- Set the baking sheet aside for at least 2 hours. You can also place the nests in your fridge to speed things up.
- Carefully remove the nests from the baking sheet using an offset spatula or knife. Place little chocolate eggs or jelly beans inside the nests before serving. Happy Easter!½ cup Mini chocolate eggs or jelly beans
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