Bird’s Nest Cookies are a perfect way to celebrate the Easter season. Add these delicious treats to your list of must-try Easter recipes this year!
Easy bird’s nest cookies are a perfect Easter treat! With only three simple ingredients, plus some candy eggs, you can throw these together with ingredients you probably have at home!
These no-bake cookies (or haystack cookies) are a perfect combination of chocolate, creamy peanut butter, crunchy chow mein noodles, and mini chocolate eggs!
Of course, you can’t go wrong with a little chocolate and peanut butter, am I right?!
As a kid, I have fond memories of making these every Easter season with my mom, and it has become one of my favorite recipes.
I’m excited to share this fun treat with my kiddos as they get a little older!
If you need an easy easter dessert idea, these sweet treats will be a huge hit at family gatherings, class parties, or on the holiday table!
How to Make Bird’s Nest Cookies
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Creamy peanut butter
- Chow Mein Noodles
- Candy Eggs
- Large microwave-safe bowl
- Parchment paper, wax paper, or plastic wrap
- Cookie Sheet or muffin tin
- Cookie scoop or large spoon
Tips and Substituions for Bird’s Nest Cookies:
There are so many variations to make these bird nest cookies. Here are a few ideas for substitutions:
Chow Mein Noodles
While I love the salty and sweet combination the chow mein noodles bring to this recipe, you can swap them for many different ingredients.
Here are a few ideas:
- Shredded Wheat Cereal
- Pretzel sticks
- Potato sticks
- Shredded coconut
- Quick oats
I love the taste of semi-sweet chocolate for these delicious cookies because it’s not too sweet; however, milk chocolate chips can also be used.
Other options include:
- White chocolate chips
- Melting chocolate
- Half and half with some butterscotch chips for a rich flavor
If you prefer, use peanut butter chips instead of creamy peanut butter.
Cadbury mini eggs are the traditional go-to for these easter birds nest cookies, but any candy easter eggs will do! I love the Spring colors the Cadbury mini eggs add to these nests, though!
Remember, these are little nests, so go for a mini candy. Jelly beans or chocolate eggs will work well too.
First, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. I like to melt them in 30-second intervals to avoid overheating.
You can also heat on the stove top with a double boiler or in a medium saucepan over low heat, but I’m all about the easy way!
Next, add the peanut butter to the melted chocolate and stir with a rubber spatula.
Next, add the chow mein noodles to the bowl and fold in gently until they are completely covered in the chocolate-peanut butter mixture.
They stir in much better when the mixture is warm!
On the parchment-lined baking sheet, scoop out little spoonfuls. Make them large enough to hold two-three mini candy eggs.
I also tried using a muffin tin lined with plastic wrap to make this birds nest recipe.
The muffin tin makes more defined bird nests, so it depends on what you are going for.
Create a little indentation in the middle of each of the chocolate nests. Since this is a no-bake dessert, pop them in the freezer (about 30 minutes).
Finally, add your choice of easter candy to each of the birds nest cookies and bite into the perfect spring treat. Add these delicious treats to your list of must-try easter recipes this year!
This no bake cookie recipe is easy to whip up ahead of time. Simply store them in an airtight container in the freezer and pull them out whenever you need a quick and easy treat!
Bird’s Nest Cookies
- Large Microwave-safe bowl
- Parchment, wax paper, or plastic wrap
- Cookie sheet or muffin tin
- Cookie scoop or large spoon
- 12 oz SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS May use milk chocolate chips, melting chocolate, or go half and half on butterscotch chips.
- 12 OZ CHOW MEIN NOODLES May use pretzel sticks, potato sticks, shredded coconut, or even quick oats.
- 1/2 CUP PEANUT BUTTER May use peanut butter chips
- 1 BAG CADBURY OR OTHER CANDY EGGS May use jelly beans or any candy Easter egg
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in 30-second intervals, stirring between.
- Add the peanut butter to the melted chocolate and stir until well mixed.
- Add chow mein noodles to the chocolate-peanut butter mixture and stir until well coated.
- On a parchment-lined cookie sheet, drop rounded spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet to make the nests. Create a little indentation in the center of each nest.
- You can also use a muffin tin lined with plastic wrap to create the bird's nest.
- Place in the freezer until frozen – about 30 minutes.
- Remove from the cookie sheet, add mini eggs to each bird's nest cookie, and enjoy!