The Birds Nest Cookies are a delightful Easter activity that the whole family can participate in together. These no-bake cookies are loaded with all of your favorite no-bake cookie ingredients, including chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter, and chow mein noodles, and they are finished off with colorful candy eggs. They can be put together with only a few easy steps to follow.
These birds-nest cookies, which only require five ingredients, are the ideal holiday snack for the younger set. They are a delicious treat that is great for Easter and are a lot of fun to put together. The shelf life of cookies is short regardless of whether they are prepared in advance or with the help of children as part of a fun activity.
Because they are easy to prepare and have the appearance of a bird’s nest, they are an excellent option for a dessert during the holiday season. These cookies don’t require baking, yet they nonetheless manage to exude holiday cheer thanks to their perfect balance of sweet, salty, and savory flavors.
INGREDIENTS REQUIRED FOR THE RECIPE
- When I make these cookies, my go-to ingredients are chocolate chunks and chocolate chips made with milk chocolate. It is possible to use a milk chocolate bar that has been roughly chopped in place of milk chocolate chips.
- Chips with a butterscotch flavoring; the sweetness of the flavoring in these chips is a good counterpoint to the bitterness of the chocolate.
- For this recipe, you need to use a peanut butter that is smooth and has a shelf life, such as Jif or Skippy. Natural peanut butters are too greasy to work in this recipe.
- Egg noodles that are prepared in a short amount of time and have the characteristics of being thin and crunchy are called chow mein noodles. They have the perfect shape for serving as “branches” in the nests, and the saltiness contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the chocolate. The undercooked noodles are an essential component of this dish.
- Because of their soft pastel colors, Cadbury Mini Eggs are the ideal candy to use for crafting “bird eggs.”
MEASUREMENTS FOR INGREDIENTS
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips (180g)
- ½ cup butterscotch chips (90g)
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (40g)
- 2½ cups chow mein noodles (150g)
- 36 candy eggs like Cadbury mini chocolate eggs
Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
Prep Time 10 minutes
Setting Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
- Mixing bowl
- Parchment or wax paper
- Cookie sheets
DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE
- Combine the peanut butter, the chocolate chips, and the butterscotch chips in a large bowl that can be heated in the microwave. Melt the chips in the microwave in increments of 30 seconds, giving them a stir after each melting session, until everything is thoroughly combined and smooth. There is also the option of melting the ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat setting.
2. Add the chow mein noodles, and combine everything thoroughly.
3. On a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper, place 12 mounds that are around the size of 2 tablespoons apiece.
4. Then, in order to give the impression that it is a bird’s nest, place three sugar eggs in the center of each mound. In order for the birds’ nest cookies to completely harden, they need at least three hours.
PROFESSIONAL GUIDE TO MAKING THIS RECIPE
- If you don’t like butterscotch chips, you can use any other sort of chocolate chip you like instead of them in this recipe. In place of the butterscotch chips, you could alternatively use peanut butter chips instead. If you choose, you can use milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, or dark chocolate. All of these options are available to you.
- Before you begin, check to see that the basin in which you will melt the chips is both clean and dry. If water is added to chocolate while it is melting, the chocolate will become unworkable and you will have to begin the process all over again.
- It is recommended that you use a cookie scoop or spoon rather than your bare hands while working with melted chocolate so that you do not wind up with chocolate-covered hands.
- If you can’t find any miniature chocolate eggs, you may substitute peeps, jelly beans, or M&Ms instead.
- You can use chopped pretzels for the chow mein noodles if you are unable to get those.
Is it okay if I exclude the peanut butter from the bird nests?
You can use just chocolate and butterscotch chips if you don’t like peanut butter. There is no way to recreate the peanut butter taste.
Where should I keep these cookies?
You may keep any extra cookies in the fridge for up to a week if you put them in an airtight container.
Is it possible to freeze this dish?
The nests can be frozen and stored for up to a month in an airtight container. Separate layers of cookies with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight, then serve.
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