Easter season is upon us, and I've been seeing edible nests popping up all over--in magazines, on Pinterest, and on cooking blogs.
I'm going to add to the excitement with these bits of yumminess.
These are a "no-bake" treat, so they whip up quickly. And, the ingredients are pretty basic. The only ingredient I had to buy extra from the store was the candy eggs.
Here's the recipe:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Nests
Makes 24 nests
6 cups Honey Bunches of Oats cereal (corn flakes work, too)
1 cup oatmeal (I use whole rolled, but quick works)
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon butter
72 small Easter egg candies (I prefer malted milk eggs). 1 bag will more than cover it.
1 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil (shortening works)
1 quart size Ziplock bag
1. Lay wax paper out on a cookie sheet or counter top.
2. Measure the cereal and oatmeal in a large mixing bowl.
3. In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar and corn syrup. Cook on medium heat until boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and add peanut butter and butter. Stir to combine.
4. Pour sugar mixture over cereal. Mix well,coating all the cereal and oatmeal as much as possible.
5. Take approximately 1/4 cup scoops of the cereal mixture and form into nest shapes on the wax paper. You should be able to make 24 nests.
6. Prepare Chocolate Drizzle by putting the chocolate chips and the coconut oil in the ziplock bag. Set the bag in a microwave safe bowl or cup. Microwave this 30 seconds at at time. After each 30 seconds, squeeze the bag gently to mix the chocolate chips and oil. Once all the chips are melted, cut a very small hole in one of the bottom corners of the bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the nests.
7. Put 3 candy eggs in each nest. (My kids did this part as soon as each row was drizzled. They might have sneaked an egg or 3 into their mouths in the process.)
So yummy, and so pretty!