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Easy Easter Peeps Edible Bird Nests

Easter Peeps Edible Bird Nest Recipe

By the end of Spring Break my patience is typically wearing thin, so I was on the hunt for activities to keep my kids occupied. After I saw my friend share her adorable edible bird nest recipe on Facebook, I knew I'd hit upon a winner and had to ask her for the recipe.

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She generously brought me the handwritten bird nest recipe to our daughters' gymnastics practice that night. Can I just say how refreshing it is to receive a handwritten recipe in this day and age? I can't remember the last one I've received prior to this...

Anyhow, a quick glance through the recipe showed that it's just a simple variation on Rice Krispies Treats, using chow mein noodles instead.

The ingredients are simply mini marshmallows, butter, vanilla extract and dry chow mein noodles. You can fill the nests with any type of candy your heart desires.

My kids chose Peeps of all colors and Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Pastel Candy Eggs. I've never been much of a Peeps fan, but the Reese's Pieces eggs are yummo!

The nests were super simple to make. I found that forming the balls fairly tight to start and then hollowing out the center was the easiest way to achieve a bird's nest look. Aren't they so cute?

While it didn't quite keep them occupied for as long as *I* would have liked, the kids had a blast decorating their nests -- and then eating them, of course!

Easy Easter Peeps Bird Nests

Yield: 10 nests

Easy Easter Peeps Bird Nests


  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups dry chow mein noodles
  • small decorative candies (Peeps chicks, jelly beans, chocolate eggs, etc.)


  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the marshmallows and butter. When melted together, stir in the vanilla extract and chow mein noodles.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Let the mix cool slightly, and then coat your hands with cooking spray or a little butter.
  4. Grab a small handful of the chow mein mixture and form it into a ball. Then press your thumbs into the center to hollow it out and create a nest shape.
  5. Allow the nests to cool and then have fun decorating with the candy of your choice!


How are you keeping the kiddos occupied over Spring Break?

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by Tara | 7 comments

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Maggie April 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm

How do you get the eggs to stick?


Tara @ Unsophisticook April 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

I actually just laid them on the nests, but I bet a little melted marshmallow would do the trick!


Jen March 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Oh my goodness that was sticky! I don’t think the nest-making is for kids!


Jeni March 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I love the little nests! Great idea!


Heather March 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

These are adorable! I’m definitely making them this weekend! Pinned for sure!


Cindy April 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Those nests are just tooooo cute!!! I love that idea and will keep it for next year!!


charlene April 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

Ive made a similar recipie when i was in elementry school for easter, but we add almond bark chocolate, and swap out the noodles for shredded wheat. Just crush them up before. :) oh and cadburys chocolate eggs complement the chocolate…


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