These chocolate-peanut butter bird nest cookies are a fun Easter treat! With only three ingredients plus some chocolate candy-coated eggs, you have a festive treat that is super yummy!
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Since my family is chocolate and peanut butter fanatics, this chow mein noodle bird nest cookie is right up our alley. The chow mein noodles not only bring a crunch to this treat but add all the character too. When you add the candy eggs they are absolutely adorable!
Fun fact, my kids enjoy them so much they call them birds nest candy. Who doesn’t love a crunchy peanut butter and chocolate candy!
What’s needed for Bird Nests Cookies?
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- chocolate candy melts (You can get milk chocolate candy coating from my shop.)
- peanut butter
- chow mein noodles
- chocolate candy-coated mini Easter eggs
- double boiler (to melt chocolate and the cookie mix mixture in)
- large cooking spoon
- mini muffin tin
- cooking spray
- plastic wrap
- teaspoon (for filling the muffin cavities)
- wax paper or parchment paper (if you don’t have a muffin tin)
This recipe is fairly versatile and can be made in more than one way. Here are some suggestions you can use for birds nest candy chow mein noodles.
- If you don’t have chocolate melts you can use chocolate almond bark instead. When you do this you can make a chow mein noodle candy with almond bark and peanut butter.
- Substitute white chocolate melts to make a cookie that has a stronger peanut butter flavor. By doing this your nests will be light brown in color.
- When you don’t have peanut butter you can use butterscotch chips instead. For the coating, you’ll need to melt these in with your chocolate melts.
- You can also make these cookies with milk chocolate chips and peanut butter.
How to make Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bird Nest Cookies
Prepare two 12 cavity mini muffin pans by lightly spraying pans with cooking spray. Lay a piece of plastic wrap over the top of each pan. Push plastic wrap into each cavity.
Slowly melt candy coating and peanut butter in a double boiler. Candy coating has a very low melting point so the water does not need to boil. If candy coating gets too hot it will actually thicken and harden cloudy. Take your time and candy coating will stay liquid and harden with a sheen.
Gently fold in 1 package of chow mein noodles.
Drop a teaspoonful of chocolate mixture into each cavity. Make sure the mixture fills the cavity so they stand up once you remove them from the pan.
Immediately place chocolate eggs in the nest before candy coating hardens.
No mini muffin pans? No worries. Drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
Allow chocolate-peanut butter bird nest cookies to completely cool and harden! Enjoy!
Note: I also placed the mixture directly into ungreased mini muffin pans. After placing filled pans in the freezer for 10 minutes the cookies popped right out.
If you need a simple dessert, this recipe can easily be converted in to chocolate haystacks with a peanut butter twist.
More Easter nest Ideas
Easter nests are so simple to make and are a great decoration for the holiday. This sweet table decoration is perfect to share a chocolatey treat. Or you may want a treat that also doubles as a decoration, like this Spring Rice Krispie Treat Nest.
I hope you and your’s have a very Happy Easter!
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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bird Nest Cookies
- 1 Pound Milk chocolate candy coating
- 1 Package Chow Mein Noodles
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Package Cadbury Eggs
- Prepare two 12 cavity mini muffin pans by lightly spraying pans with cooking spray. Lay a piece of plastic wrap over the top of each pan. Push plastic wrap into each cavity.
- Slowly melt candy coating and peanut butter in a double boiler. Candy coating has a very low melting point so the water does not need to boil. If candy coating gets too hot it will actually thicken and harden cloudy. Take your time and candy coating will stay liquid and harden with a sheen.
- Gently fold in 1 package of chow mein noodles.
- Drop a spoonful of chocolate mixture into each cavity. Make sure the mixture fills the cavity so they stand up once you remove them from the pan.
- Immediately place chocolate eggs in the nest before candy coating hardens.
- No mini muffin pans? No worries. Drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
- Allow cookies to completely cool and harden! Enjoy!
Sharon, gosh I didn’t know there were different sizes. I am not sure what to say. Try to choose by the look? See if you can find some that look like the picture.
What size chow mein noodles do you use? These sound fun & yummy
These are so clever and cute and delicious too! We loved them.
I made these for my daughter every year at Easter. Now, she makes them for her children. I use a bag of Nestle’s chocolate chips instead of a candy coating. Seems a lot easier.
The recipe actually says 1/2 cup of peanut butter and a whole package of the chow mein noodles.
This looks great, but it was a bear to try and print from this page. I wish clicking the print button allowed for all the images/steps to be shown. This is very helpful when baking with children.
This looks like a nice idea for Easter dinner desert for the children.
You can use even chocolate chips be VERY careful when melting in a microwave will scorch in a second, they look like they are not melted but only microwave for a few seconds then stir and continue in few second intervals. If you find it too thick you can thin with a little shortening or butter…..
Can you use chocolate almond bark??
It says 1/2 peanut butter. Does that mean 1/2 cup?
What size bag of chow mein noodles do you use?
Well bummer. Your recipe doesn’t say what size of bag of chow mein noodles to use and mine was obviously too small. It was 6 oz and I saw larger bags at the store (but these were in my pantry). So my nests got too gloppy. I’m sure they’ll still taste good but they don’t look as nice :(((( I did use the ungreased muffin tin and it worked well. I really couldn’t figure out why you would grease the muffin tin then put plastic wrap on top?? What good would greasing the pan do? What am I missing? Cute idea though! Glad I tried them and will know better next time!
How cute! Love it! =)
need two amounts- 1st how much peanut butter (1/2 cup or a 1/2 of jar, 2nd how many ounces of chow mein? I was not able to find a bag but did find a can being a large one or a small one?