Easter birds nest cookies are such a fun Easter dessert. You only need a few ingredients and each nest is topped with mini Cadbury eggs.

Birds nest cookies on tray.
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If you are looking for easy Easter Desserts, this recipe for Birds Nest Cookies is perfect! It is crunchy and so delicious with a decadent coating. It only calls for a few ingredients, but it’s so yummy and festive.

This recipe is the perfect dessert to make year after year. I have been making it with the kids since they were toddlers. It’s so easy that you will have time to also make Easter Egg Rice Krispie Treats and Easter Pretzel Rods.

What are bird nest cookies?

Birds Nest Cookies consist of chocolate coated chow mein noodles formed into a nest shape. Each one is topped with a few Cadbury Mini Eggs to complete the easter treat.

This no bake Easter recipe is super easy and tasty. Easter no bake birds nest cookies will become an annual tradition.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Birds nest cookies- chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter, chow mein, cadbury mini eggs.
  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • Creamy Peanut Butter 
  • Chow Mein Noodles 
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs 

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Pro Tips

  • Melt chocolate in 30-second intervals. It is important to melt the butterscotch chips and peanut butter in intervals. This will ensure it does not burn.
  • Shape the no bake bird nest. You can use muffin tins to help shape the birds nest if you prefer. Place the ingredients in each cup and use the back of a cookie scoop to shape the middle. If you want the nests smaller, try using a mini muffin tin.
  • Eggs. Instead of using Cadbury Mini Eggs, try jelly beans or chocolate eggs. More ideas include: Peanut Butter M&M’s, mini whopper eggs or peanut butter eggs.
  • Dark chocolate. Instead of milk chocolate, substitute dark chocolate for a slightly different taste. It will be richer than milk chocolate.
  • White chocolate. Try white chocolate for a different variation. It is rich and creamy.
  • Cereal. Instead of chow mein noodles, you can use rice krispie cereal cocoa krispies.
  • Chopped Pretzels. If you can’t find chow mein noodles, chopped pretzel pieces work just as well.
  • Double boiler. You can melt the chocolate using a double boiler if you do not want to use the microwave.
  • Allow to set. They need to set before serving or trying to move. Attempting to do this too early might mess up the shape.

How to make birds nest cookies

Chocolate and peanut butter melted in bowl.

Step 1. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chips are melted and smooth. 

Chow mein mixed into mixture.

Step 2. Next, add the chow mein noodles and stir until they are coated with the chocolate mixture. 

Birds nest formed and placed on baking sheet.

Step 3. Form the nests. Spoon the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Then shape each one into a nest shape. Place 3 candy eggs in the center of each nest.

Candy eggs placed into nests.

Step 4. Allow to set at room temperature until they are set.  Then they are ready to serve and enjoy! 

Storage

Store the leftover cookies in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for up to 5 days.  

You can freeze them up to a month if stored properly. Place inside a freezer container and separate the layers with wax paper.

Can I leave out the peanut butter?

Yes, you can omit the peanut butter if you prefer. Just use the chocolate chip and butterscotch and make as normal.

It is delicious both ways so feel free to use what you prefer.

Birds nest cookies on tray.

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Birds Nest Cookies

5 from 3 votes
Easter birds nest cookies are such a fun Easter dessert. You only need a few ingredients and each nest is topped with mini Cadbury eggs.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Let Rest at Room Temperature 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 230

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Milk Chocolate Chips 12 oz bag
  • 1 bag Butterscotch Chips 12 oz bag
  • 1/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 12 ounces Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1 bag Cadbury Mini Eggs
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Instructions

  • Place the milk chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and creamy peanut butter in a microwave safe large mixing bowl.  Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chips are melted and smooth.  Be careful not to over heat or the chocolate could burn.
  • Then add in the chow mein noodles and stir until they are coated with the chocolate mixture.
  • Spoon the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper or wax paper in approximately 2 Tablespoons size balls.  Then shape each one into a nest shape and top each one with 3 candy eggs.
  • Let the nests sit at room temperature until they are set (approximately 30-60 minutes).  Then they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover cookies in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 230kcal, Carbohydrates 37g, Protein 4g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0.03g, Cholesterol 3mg, Sodium 169mg, Potassium 16mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 25g, Vitamin A 46IU, Vitamin C 0.1mg, Calcium 25mg, Iron 1mg

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