Kiddo and I have been cooking quite a bit recently, but we either haven’t made anything new, haven’t made anything with a real recipe, or I haven’t taken any pictures. So… we had nothing to post last week.
But now we are back with a fun Easter/spring cooking craft!
Kiddo really enjoyed this one! It is really easy and very fast. We found the original recipe on my favorite cooking website, allrecipes.com. The nests are really cute, and Kiddo enjoyed eating them, but I am not a super fan of the flavor. I think they might be better with butterscotch chips instead of peanut better, or maybe unsalted pretzel sticks instead of chow mein… but I hadn’t really planned to eat them anyway.
I’m also writing the directions differently from the original (and differently from what we did, because I think it makes more sense to switch up a few things).
Easter Bird’s Nests
- 4 cups crispy chow mein noodles (or think pretzel sticks, broken in half, at least)
- 3 TBS butter
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (I will sub butterscotch chip next time)
- cooking spray
- muffin pan
- jelly beans, candy coated eggs
- Pour chow mein noodles into a bowl and set aside.
- Add butter, marshmallows and peanut butter to a sauce pan and cook until all ingredients are melted. Stir frequently to combine and prevent sticking. This is the ONLY step Kiddo didn’t do.
- Pour the marshmallow mixture over the noodles and stir to coat.
- Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray (and add a little to your hands unless you will be scooping the mixture with a spoon- but where’s the fun in that?!).
- Press the mixture into the muffin cups, so that it resemble a small cup. My recipe mad 13 nests, so I formed one by hand. It came out fine, but the muffin cup nests look better.
- Place the filled muffin pan into the refrigerator to cool and harden (this steps is essential if you are doing this with an impatient 3 year old). I took mine out after about 8 minutes.
- Transfer the nests to a serving dish.
- Add a few candies (or as many as your kiddo sees fit) to each nest.