With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Easter / Springtime Bird Nests

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter / Springtime Bird Nests


These cute little, edible nests are adorable for Easter. Wouldn't they look sweet at each place setting around the dinner table. Pretty pastel candy eggs nestled in twig-like bundles make a lovely welcome to dinner guests. They are made using Chow Mein noodles giving the appearance of sticks gathered by the birds to construct their nests.

The nests can be made using broken pretzel sticks or even Rice Krispie cereal but I like the look of the Chow Mein noodles.

I first saw these sweet Easter/Springtime nests
and knew they would be fun to make with our grandchildren.


The kids loved them though it is a sticky project. There was lots of finger-licking when all was done.


Here is my adapted recipe:

Easter Bird Nests

2 cups Mini Marshmallows (I used 3/4 of a bag of large marshmallows)
1/4 cup Butter
4 cups of Chow Mein Noodles
Jelly Beans, M&M's or Robin's Eggs to fill

Recipe makes 12 nests.

Spray muffin pan with PAM

In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt the butter.  Add marshmallows, stir and microwave 45 seconds on full power.  Stir; microwave an additional 45 seconds.  Stir; add Chow Mein noodles.  Stir until coated with marshmallow/butter mixture. 

Spray a little PAM on your hands.  Spoon the coated Chow Mein noodles in each cup of muffin pan, then use your hands to form it into little nests. If you would like a more free-form nest shape, drop a spoonful onto a piece of waxed paper and form with your hands to desired shape.

Put the pan in freezer for an hour or so to set up.

Pop each nest out using a knife or fork.

Place on a lightly buttered serving plate or a plate lined with parchment paper or wax paper so nests won't stick.


Fill with candy and enjoy!

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29 comments:

Mildred said...

Those are cute as can be and look delicious!

Susan said...

Awwwwww, so cute, LDH. So, so cute. Susan

Mary said...

Oh those are so cute! When I saw the picture I thought they were pretzel sticks coated in white chocolate until I read the recipe. Do you think this recipe would work with pretzels and white chocolate? Fun recipe to make with the little ones.

NanaDiana said...

I am making these with my grandkids this week for sure! Hugs- Diana

Suzanne said...

Oh how darling!

Vivienne said...

these are so lovely...would've never imagined that they are made with chow mein noodles tho hahah :) must've been fun to make with the little ones for Easter :)

Keri On said...

The nests are so cute! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Cindy said...

I love these! I need to borrow some grandkids...

Jennifurla said...

oh dear, too pretty to eat...actually I would dive right in. Thanks for your kind words on my blog! Kids are tough, I love to make fun of it! Hope you are having great luck with your 19 year old.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Cute, Cute, Cute!!!

Happy Easter

MIRJANA(Ruza123) said...

Easy and pretty !:)
I like it !!!

Happy Easter dear LDH !!

Ann said...

Those are so pretty. I've seen these done before and have thought about trying them. Your post makes me want to go get the ingredients to make them.

Christina said...

Such a cute idea!

Sue said...

Not only are these cute, they look so delicious. I have been catching up on your last two post and would like to comment here. Your grandchildren are adorable, and I know that you are enjoying them. I also see that your daughter has your talent of cooking delicious dishes. I always enjoy it when my daughter comes home for a visit, and cooks some of her recipes. Makes us proud mothers. ~smile~
Wishing you and your family a most blessed Easter.
Sue

Trisha said...

Here from Cindy's. So glad she shared this. My children will love it! Thank you!

Pam said...

Thanks so much for featuring the Easter nests! Yours look great too!

Have a great day.
Pam

La Tea Dah said...

I don't have enough words to express how creative and beautiful I think this is! What a great recipe! Love it!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

These are darling! I think I'll make these for Sunday!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Thank you for sharing this truly creative idea with us. I am going to have my grandchildren help me create these for Easter. I love your blog.

Debbie said...

I popped over from Cindy's blog and soo glad I did...these are adorable and my grands will love them. Looking forward to reading a few more of your posts! Have a wonderful day! Debbie

Penned Pebbles said...

I will make these with my grand cuties. Thank you so much!

Tony said...

They're great!
Greetings and smiles :-)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I love how cute these look!!! We make a variation of these chowmein treats for the fall and call them Butterscotch haystacks :o) Thank you so much for sharing this pretty little spring nests :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Over here from Cindy's "Letters at Midlife." Just made these tonight for my SS class tomorrow. Turned out great! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

peace~elaine

Camille said...

Too cute!! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. :)

Blessings,
Camille

Debbie said...

I came over from Maria's blog (Personalized Sketches) after I saw a photo of these that she made. She linked to you for the recipe.

Heather - Chickabug said...

Hi! I included your adorable cookies in a round-up on my blog today:

http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2012/03/birds-nest-desserts-for-easter.html

Thank you for the inspiration! Happy Easter! : )

Peach said...

Hi! I featured this Easter blog post on my blog today!

http://www.buildingabetterpeach.com/2012/03/my-top-5-most-favoritest-easter-crafts.html

xoxo,
Peach

Mrs. Bartos said...

I'll have to try this with GF pretzel sticks..... my son has celiac's so no wheat here....

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