I've seen versions of these cute Easter Nests around blogland and thought they'd be a fun treat to make this year for Easter. After comparing a few recipes, I sorta just "winged" it and they turned out cute.
Personally, I think they don't taste all that great (if your going to eat something sweet then it might as well be something fabulous like cheesecake or berry cobbler I say) BUT they were cute and festive and a HUGE hit with kids. :) Wouldn't they be fun for a kids party?!
Here's what you do to make them. (The recipe is at the bottom)
Gather your ingredients:
Place the butter and marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and melt.
Stir in the chocolate chips until melted and combined. You may need to microwave again.
When it's all ooey and gooey, stir in the noodles and Rice Krispies.
Stir until evenly combined.
Divide into muffin cups and shape into nest shapes. Then add the "eggs" and little "birds."
Eat and enjoy! Notice how the Peep is missing. That was her favorite part...
What cute little guys. If I ever make them again, I think I'll go for the blue Peeps so that they look like little blue birds. :) Also, if I ever make them again, I think I'll add some peanut butter--I think that'd taste good.
Ready to make some? Here's your recipe.
3 cups miniature marshmallows
4 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips or butterscotch chips
1 cup Rice Krispies
2.5 cups crispy chow mein noodles
Grease a muffin tin.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the marshmallows and butter. Microwave for 1 minute then stir. If the marshmallows are not completely melted, microwave for an additional 30-45 seconds, until the marshmallows are melted. Stir the marshmallow and butter mixture until it is smooth. Add the vanilla extract and chocolate chips, stir to combine. Add the chow mein noodles and Rice Krispies, stir until evenly covered with the marshmallow mixture.
Evenly divide among the 12 muffin cups. Using a greased spoon (or your hands) mold the noodles into a nest shape. Place the candy eggs in the nest and a Peep in each nest as well. Place in the refrigerator to harden.
These can be stored at room temperature in a sealed container for up to a week. However, the Peeps will get stale quickly, if storing these, then add the Peeps right before serving. You can dip them in melted chocolate before placing in the nests to make them stay.
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