This year for Easter, I decided to make two different treats to eat. I knew there would already be so much candy, food, snacks and meals that I did not want to overdue it. And honestly, I was still tired from all the Valentine baking I did. So the first Easter treat I made this year were birds' nests. I stumbled across a picture of them and fell in love. How adorable are the nests with birds' eggs in them?! They look so real. And what really got me was how easy they are to make. No time baking in the oven required, just leave to air dry.
Minimal ingredients are also required and the total time took me about 45 minutes. Reason why was because I made 24 nests out of the one batch I had. I still had a lot of mixture left over, where I could have kept going. For picking out my candy of choice to put in the nests, I chose the Whoppers Robins Eggs candies. I loved the speckles the eggs had on them. I felt they looked more realistic. I also added one bad of butterscotch baking chips to the recipe. I wanted the nests to have more flavor and have the color of the nests look like the real deal. I am so glad I added those baking chips. They tasted delicious.
I brought them to my family Easter dinner and they were a hit. Since I made a lot, I figured I would have some leftover, but I was wrong. My family members were taking them home! I sure felt proud with these adorable edible nests. I enjoyed making them and especially eating them. This is a fun treat to make for Easter, just because, with kids or even to have at a baby shower! Have fun decorating, making and eating these easy, quick and addicting birds' egg nests!
The ingredients with my choice of candy to fill the nests
Special ingredient: Adding 1 bag (12oz) of butterscotch baking chips to the mix
Melt the butter, marshmallows and baking chips in a saucepan
Keep the temperature on medium-low so the marshmallows will not burn
Add the chow-mein dry noodles to the mixture and stir
I sprayed my hands with cooking oil and formed the mixture into balls
I then pinched the center with my fingers, shaping a nest
Before I knew it, I had 24 birds nests
I then let cool by air drying on parchment paper
I made small, medium and large shape nests
I then added my Whoppers Robin's Egg candies to fill the nests
This instantly completed the look!
My nests were then complete and ready to eat
My tray display I brought to Easter dinner
Edible Birds Egg Nests!
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 bag 12oz butterscotch baking chips
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups dry chow mein noodles
- small decorative candies (Peeps chicks, jelly beans, chocolate eggs, etc.) I used a bag of Whoppers Robin's Eggs.
- In a medium or large saucepan over low heat, melt the marshmallows, butterscotch baking chips and butter.
- When melted together, stir in the vanilla extract and chow mein noodles.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Let the mix cool slightly, and then coat your hands with cooking spray or a little butter. (I used cooking spray)
- Grab a small handful of the chow-mein mixture and form it into a ball. Then press your thumbs into the center to hollow it out and create a nest shape.
- Allow the nests to cool and then have fun decorating with the candy of your choice!