When holidays approach, it seems like there are a plethora of activities just waiting for kids to take part in. When I saw this Easter nest recipe in Good Housekeeping magazine, I ripped out the page and told myself that I would do this with my preschooler. Lo and behold, today we made these chocolate peanut butter Easter egg nests.
The original recipe calls for five cups of chow mein noodles. That seemed like a lot to me, and I really only had about three cups in the house anyway; so, I minimized the recipe. If you use this recipe, you should get about 14 nests.
- 2 1/2 cups chow mein noodles
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
- Candy-coated chocolate eggs (I used Cadbury mini eggs, mainly because they are my favorite…)
Here’s what to do:
- Line baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Pour chow mein noodles into large mixing bowl.
- In small saucepan, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter on low, stirring constantly, until melted.
- Pour chocolate mixture over chow mein noodles. Mix until evenly coated.
- Scoop 2 Tbsp. of mixture onto cookie sheet. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. I happen to have this 2 Tbsp. measuring spoon that worked perfectly!
- Shape into nests. I stuck my finger in the middle and then arranged the noodles around it so it looked nest-like.
- Stick the cookie sheet in the refrigerator so the chocolate can set. (About 1 hour)
- Fill nests with chocolate eggs. This is the part that is fun for the littles! Mine decided that mini M&M’s would work quite well too.
- Eat them, share them, display them! We shared with multiple relatives today. My great-aunt loved the chocolate-peanut butter combo! 🙂