This is less of a recipe and more of a food craft. It could be a great activity to do with your kiddos on Easter weekend, or maybe something you can rustle up to take to a classroom party.
Heck, I don’t even have kids, and I had fun putting together these cute little bird nests slathered in chocolate and peanut butter.
However, if I’m being completely honest, I enjoy doing anything that involves the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. The two were meant to be together. Soulmates, they are.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pretzel sticks, broken in half (just makes it easier to shape the nests)
- Smooth peanut butter
- Chocolate chips
- Some kind of candy for the “eggs”. You can use jelly beans, malt balls, robin eggs, jordan almonds, etc. Pick your favorite!
- Wax paper
First, cover a cookie sheet with a piece of wax paper.
Next, you’ll want to melt your chocolate chips in the microwave in short 20 second bursts. Poke the chips with a spatula after each zap, because those puppies deceptively hold their shape when melting, and you can easily scorch the chocolate before you’ve realized what happened!
The amount of chocolate chips you’ll need will vary with how many nests you want to make, and the size of your nests. I used about 6oz of chocolate chips (half a standard bag) for roughly 2 cups of broken pretzel sticks.
Once the chocolate is melted, stir it around and then add some peanut butter – about 2 tablespoons per 6oz of chocolate chips.
For those who aren’t good with The Maths, that’s about 4 tablespoons of peanut butter if you melt the whole bag of chocolate chips.
Stir all of that together until the peanut butter and chocolate are nicely combined, and then add your pretzel sticks in small handfuls, stirring as you go. Keep adding pretzels until they are well-coated and there’s not a lot of extra chocolate pooling at the bottom of the bowl.
Now grab a big ole spoon and drop blobs of the chocolatey-pretzel goodness onto the wax paper. You can make large nests or small ones (or both!)
Totally up to you, man.
I thought the nests looked great as-is. Kind of rustic and natural and imperfect.
If you haven’t noticed, I’m an imperfect kind of gal when it comes to making food “pretty”.
If you want, though, you can use your fingers and shape them up a bit.
Now grab your candy eggs of choice and press them into the top.
Place the cookie sheet into the fridge for an hour or so to let them firm up, and then you can remove them from the wax paper.
That’s all there is to it! Wouldn’t these look cute wrapped up in clear cellophane bags and tied with some pastel ribbon?
There are several variations to this craft that’ll all result in slightly different looks:
- Use butterscotch or peanut butter chips instead of chocolate for lighter colored nests
- Use chow mein noodles instead of pretzels
- Use muffin tins with liners or parchment paper to create more of a “container” to hold more candy in the center
Have fun with these – leave me a comment if you give them a try. I’d love to see pictures of the outcome!
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Easter Week posts so far:
Hot Cross Buns – made with cinnamon roll dough!
Glazed Vanilla Buttermilk Cookies – Oh so soft and not too sweet!
Koulourakia – Greek Easter Cookies - buttery and adorable!