Need a cute Easter treat that doesn’t require piping bags? Or baking?
You can crank out these Chocolate Easter Nests in a matter of minutes. They’re the same no-bake Chinese noodle cookies (aka haystacks) your mom probably whipped up for you at the last-minute for scout meetings, with a little added Easter swagger.
Just melt the chocolate chips (or butterscotch, peanut butter or white chocolate), stir in some Chinese chow-mein noodles and peanuts, and drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Then, use two spoons or a rubber spatula to gently shape them into nests, and place your candy eggs inside.
Cute. Delicious. Done!
Chocolate Easter Nests
From Rebecca Crump (EzraPoundCake.com)
Makes about 12 nests
- 2 cups (10 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (Or, use 1 cup each chocolate chips and butterscotch chips; 1 cup each chocolate chips and peanut butter chips; or 1 cup each butterscotch chips and peanut butter chips.)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (use only with 2 cups chocolate chips)
- 2 cups (4 ounces) Chinese chow-mein noodles (You could also use crumbled shredded wheat or broken pretzel sticks)
- 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) dry-roasted peanuts, sliced almonds or toasted chopped pecans
- For the Eggs: your choice of candy-coated mini chocolate eggs, jelly beans, Jordan almonds, etc.
White Chocolate Variation: Substitute white chocolate for semisweet, 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes, and use the toasted pecans.
- Line a baking sheet or work table with wax paper.
- Using a double-boiler (or a metal bowl set over a a pan of simmering water), melt the chocolate chips and butter together, stirring until the mixture is smooth. OR, place the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave them at medium heat for about 2 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Gently stir in the noodles and nuts.
- Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Use a spoon to gently make an indentation on the top of each cluster for your candy eggs.
- Place the candy eggs in the nest. Let the clusters stand until set, about 1 hour.
STORAGE: The clusters can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 month.