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Easy Edible Bird’s Nests with Peeps For Easter

These edible bird’s nests with Peeps chicks are a fun and tasty Easter DIY craft for kids! Just 4 ingredients for the haystack nests + your favorite Easter candy to fill them…

edible birds nests for easter with peeps and candy eggs

Edible Bird’s Nests Easter Activity

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.

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.

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How To Make Edible Bird Nests For Easter

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!

easter haystack nests recipe on a parchment lined sheet pan

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?

edible bird nests for easter with peeps chicks and candy coated eggs

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!

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Easy Edible Bird's Nests With Peeps

Yield: 6 edible bird's nests
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These edible bird’s nests with Peeps chicks are a fun and tasty Easter DIY craft for kids! Just 4 ingredients for the haystack nests + your favorite Easter candy to fill them…

Ingredients

  • 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.)

Instructions

  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. Working quickly, 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 Easter candy of your choice!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4.9gCholesterol: 15.5mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 29.8gFiber: 1.2gSugar: 10.8gProtein: 3.1g

*nutrition information is calculated for edible bird's nests only and does not include any candy decorations.

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Maggie

Saturday 19th of April 2014

How do you get the eggs to stick?

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Saturday 19th of April 2014

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

Jen

Tuesday 25th of March 2014

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

Jeni

Friday 22nd of March 2013

I love the little nests! Great idea!

Heather

Friday 22nd of March 2013

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

Cindy

Wednesday 25th of April 2012

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

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