April 1, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bird Nests

I woke up early this morning...way early. What's a girl to do with 30 extra minutes of time...before the rest of the house gets up and demands every ounce of attention? Why, she bakes of course...not that this was actually baking, but it counts. I wanted to make a special treat for My Perfect Little Helper this morning without creating a sink full of dishes before the sun rose. I had some almond M&M 'eggs' that I had been saving (which I think is quite notable thank you very much) for just this purpose.

I know poeple everywhere have been making these haystack things with their children for ages. Truth is, I've never has one - nope, my mom was not whipping up cute little hay thingies when I was little. Not that I think I've been deprived or anything, but the fact that my four year old had something before I even knew about it says something don't you think? So I searched around google and found...oh about a bazillion recipes for these sweet little concoctions but most of them used butterscotch chips - something I don't have lying around.

Combine these kooky little Chow Mein noodles (is it odd that I happen to have these lying around in the pantry but not butterscotch chips?) with a chocolatey peanut buttery mixture and you actually get something that's quite tasty, very sweet and sooo super simple. I used a tablespoon to make these, which turned out about 30 birds' nests.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bird Nests

2 C chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate because that's what I like, you can use any variety you'd like)
1/3 C creamy peanut butter
2 C chow mein noodles
30-60 egg shaped candies (I used almond M&Ms)

Line a large baking sheet with wax paper; set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the chocolate chips and the peanut butter. Microwave on 50% power for 1 minute, stir and repeat as necessary until everything is melted.

Stire the chow mein noodles into the melted chocolate mixture to evenly coat. Using a tablespoon, scoop clusters of the noodle mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Top each nest with 1 or 2 egg candies.

Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to allow the nests to harden. (I thought I could just let them sit on the counter but they never hardened, I say just stick it in the fridge ok).

Enjoy, they're actually quite tasty.

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