Spring is in the Air, Easter is around the corner, and baby birds are chirping everywhere I turn! I took my cue from nature and decided that it’s definitely time for Butterscotch Birds Nests!
These Butterscotch Birds Nests are so much fun to make with kids as a craft and as a sweet treat. They are made with a few simple ingredients and are quick to prepare. The nests are made up of crunchy chow mein noodles, a creamy mix of chocolate and butterscotch chips, and smooth peanut butter. Kids have so much fun placing mini candy eggs and Peeps inside of the nests, so this recipe is a must for Easter fun!
And I will be making these Butterscotch Birds Nests Live on KSDK’s “Show Me St. Louis” on April 12th at 10 am! If you aren’t local, stream it live or check this post out afterwards for the video link.
Sweet Easter Treats
Spring is a time for pastel colors, cute baby animals, eggs of all kinds, and special candy that only appears this time of the year. As you can see, these Butterscotch Birds Nests are topped with mini chocolate eggs. Any chocolate candy eggs or jelly beans will work! I always add Peeps since they add a pop of color and marshmallow goodness. These Birds Nests have it all!
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How To Make Butterscotch Birds Nests.
There are only a few ingredients and steps to these Butterscotch Birds Nests. They take about 5 minutes to make and an hour to set.
First, melt your butterscotch and chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Stir after 1 minute of heating. Then heat for an additional 30 seconds. It should be melted, but if not heat in 10 second intervals only. Be sure not to overheat, as they burn easily once hot
Second, you will stir in a huge dollop of creamy peanut butter. The mix of butterscotch, chocolate, and peanut butter will give you the perfect birds nest color. And that taste, oh my! Talk about satisfying your sweet tooth! It’s an awesome combo that is definitely crowd pleasing.
Chow Mein (Or Pretzels)
Third, it’s time for your twigs. And it’s also decision time! You can go with either chow mein noodles or broken up pretzels. If you go with pretzels, choose the large and thin twists so you get the bends and sizes that chow mein noodles give you. Alternatively, you can use the thin pretzel sticks broken in half. But keep in mind that the bends, texture, and twists are what ultimately create the coolest birds nest look.
Once you dump in the chow mein noodles stir until mixed and each piece is coated with your butterscotch, chocolate, and peanut butter mixture.
Create The Nests
Then comes the fun part, creating your Butterscotch Birds Nests! Bea and Tilly love making these, but this is one of their favorite parts. It gets a little messy, and that’s part of the fun!
The following recipe will give you 12 nests, so scoop equal servings out onto wax or parchment paper. Alternatively, use muffin tins. When going that route, spray the tins with cooking spray or generously butter for easy removal.
After all of your birds nests are scooped out, let your kids use their fingers and shape them into nests as needed. Push down the middle part to make a well for your birds eggs and Peeps.
Then let your adorable Butterscotch Birds Nests dry for at least an hour. They will peel right off of your wax paper. If you used muffin tins, use a knife to loosen them.
Once they are completely set and the butterscotch mixture has hardened, fill with eggs and peeps. Use about 4 mini eggs an one peep per nest.
Butterscotch Birds Nests
These butterscotch birds nests are such a simple, fun, and colorful treat to make with kids. Crunchy chow mein noodles are coated with melted butterscotch and chocolate chips with some peanut butter. Mini eggs and peeps decorate them.
- 1 bag butterscotch chips 11 ounce bag
- 1 cup chocolate chips milk or semi sweet
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 bag chow mein noodles (12 oz) or broken up thin pretzel sticks
- 1 bag mini chocolate eggs
- 12 peeps optional
In a large and microwave safe bowl, melt butterscotch and chocolate chips for one minute. Then stir and microwave for 30 seconds more. Stir until smooth.
Then Add one cup of creamy peanut butter to the melted chips and mix well.
Add Chow Mein Noodles and coat thoroughly.
Scoop out even dollops onto wax or parchment paper so you get 12. OR butter up 12 muffin tins and scoop inside.
Use fingers to push middle down to form nests.
Allow eggs to cool for about 1-2 hours.
Then peel of wax paper and remove to a plates. OR use a knife to loosen nests from the muffin tins. Place 4 mini chocolate eggs and a peep inside of each nest.