Chocolate Birds’ Nests: An Easy Easter Recipe
It’s hard to believe that Easter is in fact on its way! If your calendar looks like ours, this season in New Orleans is packed with egg hunts and Easter bunny photo ops. Some people are even planning Easter Egg Hunts for the adults in their lives (yep, that’s a thing!)
If you are hosting Easter at your own home, it can become overwhelming to say the least. Outsourcing Easter brunch in New Orleans is possible, and there’s even a great list of New Orleans caterers right here. That said, it wouldn’t be a party without dessert. And while there are many cookie decorators in New Orleans who can handle that for you, sometimes it’s fun to make your own sweet treat as well!
As a busy working mom, I need a recipe that produces a result as adorable as it is delicious. The tricky part is that it has to be easy enough for me to accomplish on a Friday after a sixty hour work week. There is only one recipe I know of that fits the bill: Chocolate Birds’ Nests. I made these incredible confections last year for my coworkers, and they just loved them. I have no doubt that the children and the parents alike will, too!
Chocolate Birds’ Nests (Makes 12)
- 1 (11-12 oz) bag milk chocolate chips
- 1 (11-12 oz) bag peanut butter chips*
- 1 (10-12 oz) bag Chow Mein noodles
- Jordan almonds, M&Ms, or any other egg shaped candy (I prefer something blue to look like robins’ eggs)
*If you have allergy concerns, cinnamon chips or butterscotch chips would also work perfectly!
- Place chips in a microwavable safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until chips are melted.
- Add the chow mein noodles to the melted chocolate and mix until incorporated.
- Drop a few tablespoons of the mixture onto wax paper and shape in the form of a nest (push a thumbprint in the middle of the nest).
- Press three candy eggs in the center of the nest.
- Allow to cool in the fridge.
I cannot wait to make these again this year. Kids absolutely love stirring the chips. I hope this recipe finds its way into your recipe file and that the Chocolate Birds’ Nests find their way to your neighbors, your children’s teachers, your Sunday school friends, your classroom, or your office. I can guarantee that no matter where you take them, they won’t be there for long!