Butterscotch Bird Nests are a cute, sweet spring treat! Crunchy chow mein noodles covered in delicious butterscotch, topped off with M&Ms.
No Bake Nest Cookies
These cute, sweet treats are perfect for any time of the year. They are so easy to make and kids of all ages love them. If you are looking for another adorable snack, check out my simple Oreo Truffles! They are always a crowd favorite!
There are so many things that I love about this delicious treat. Let’s start with just how easy they are to make. They can literally be made in just minutes. And let’s be honest, they really can be made by anyone. My daughter Emzlee is just six years old, and this is a recipe that she can make completely on her own. She has a blast changing things up with white chocolate chips one time and milk chocolate the next. And we have had Reese’s Pieces eggs as well as red, white, and blue almond M&M eggs.
She is always so proud to share her latest combination with our family, and I just love the smile on her face when she shares that she did it all on her own! Now we just have to work on her cleaning up the kitchen all on her own when she is done.
The next thing that I adore about this dessert is that it reminds me of spring. A harsh reality that I face every year is just how long Wisconsin winters are. When I see my first robin in spring, it is sign to me that summer is on the way. These cute nests are a perfect reminder that warm weather will arrive soon, and I will once again be able to hang out outside, relaxing and listening to the birds of summer.
I hope these easy-to-make desserts put a smile on your face just like they do for me.
Check out my simple recipe below and enjoy!
Tips for Making No Bake Easter Nests Even Easier
Wax paper: It’s a good idea to use wax paper to line your pan or countertop whenever you make no bake recipes. This prevents mess and makes your butterscotch bird nests easier to transfer.
For uniform size: You can scoop the nests into a muffin tin to help shape the nests.
Refrigerate: It is best to refrigerate the bird nests until the chocolate is hardened, around 15 or 20 minutes.
Ingredients for Butterscotch Bird Nests
- white bark
- butterscotch chips
- chow mein noodles
Butterscotch Bird Nests Substitutions
Chow Mein noodle substitutions: This is the base of your cookie and you do have options!
Ideas to try
- Chopped pretzels or pretzel sticks
- Potato sticks
- Special K
- Rice Krispies or rice cereal
- Corn Flakes
- Toasted coconut
Baking chips substitutions: This recipe starts with butterscotch chips but you can add in your favorite type of chips to your liking.
Ideas to try
- Dark chocolate chips
- White chocolate chips
- Milk chocolate chips
White bark substitutions: There are a few things that will work instead of white bark, and all of these suggestions can be swapped at a 1:1 ratio.
Ideas to try
- Peanut butter
- Almond bark
- Candy wafers
M&M “eggs” substitutions: Allow your creativity to flow for what candy you choose for the eggs.
Ideas to try
- Jelly beans
- Mini eggs
- Peep birds
- Mini Cadbury eggs
How to make No Bake Nest Cookies
To get things started, it is always helpful to prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. You can set it aside for a few minutes until you are ready for it.
Next up, you need to melt the white bark and butterscotch chips in a microwave-safe bowl.
It is so important to heat in 30-second intervals, stirring often. If this mixture is overcooked or not stirred frequently, you may burn it which is not something that can be undone. When the bark and butterscotch chips are completely melted, they will create a creamy, smooth consistency.
Next, you can stir in the chow mein noodles. Do this gently. Some of the noodles will inevitably break, but that is just fine. They will still taste delicious.
Before the butterscotch mixture begins to harden, place spoonfuls of the mixture on your prepared baking sheet. Make sure they are not touching each other. If they are, they will be stuck together when they harden. Carefully shape them into round nests and gently form a small indent for the “eggs.” This step may be easier as the nests begin to harden.
Once the nests are formed, you can add the M&Ms to finish things off. Now you just need to chill your Butterscotch Bird Nests until they are hardened. If you ask me, this is finger food at its finest. Sweet, easy, and delicious! These are perfect treats to make for any occasion, and I hope your family enjoys them as much as we do.
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- 6 oz white bark
- 12 oz butterscotch chips
- 3 cups chow mein noodles
- spring colored M&Ms
- Melt white bark and butterscotch chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals until melted.
- Stir in chow mein noodles.
- Place spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- As nests begin to harden, form them into nests by pressing down the middles.
- Add M&Ms to the middle indent.
- Chill and serve.
Amount Per Serving Calories 191Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 154mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 18gProtein 2g
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