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The very first Easter baskets were given the appearance of bird nests to include renewal and springtime into the holiday that commemorates Jesus’ resurrection.
You can use that as a theme to make these kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing Chow Mein Noodle Birds Nest Cookies.
Store-bought Easter treats can be expensive and today’s economic times call for creative budget-friendly alternatives. Simple to make and affordable, you can use jelly beans, Whopper’s Mini Robin Eggs or peanuts in the middle to make a crowd-pleasing Easter dessert. A photo is available at www.thelancasternews.com.
Chow Mein Noodle Birds Nest Cookies
1/4 cup butter
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups chow mein noodles
Whopper’s Mini Robin Eggs, jelly beans or peanuts (optional)
– Butter the cups of a muffin pan.
– Place chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave container. Heat on 50 percent power for 1 minute. Stir, and repeat, until chocolate chips are melted.
– Stir in chow mein noodles until fully coated.
– Drop by tablespoon into butter muffin pan. With slightly buttered fingers, press mixture into bottom and up the sides of the muffin pan cups to form a hollow shape.
– Refrigerate pan at least two hours or until nests are firm.
– Remove nests from pan (you may want to sit the pan in warm water first to loosen them up).
– Fill with mini eggs, jelly beans or peanuts.
– Adapted from recipe by columnist Stephanie Gallagher, author of "Cooking For Kids" on about.com