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    Tuesday
    Apr302013

    Springtime fun: Bird nest cookies

    The forecast at my place calls for snow tomorrow — despite being in the 70s today. Such is springtime in the Rockies.

    Despite the snow, it is indeed spring, which is the perfect time for making Bird Nest Cookies. They're simple to make, and kids get a kick out of eating the eggs (M&Ms) out of the nest of sticks (chow mein noodles). There are several versions of such cookies on Pinterest, but I couldn't find any just like these that I've made for years and years.

    I knew around Easter time I'd later make these with my grandsons, so I picked up pastel-colored M&Ms when the holiday ones were on sale. There's no rule saying the bird eggs in imaginary nests can't be primary colors, though, so use whatever color —and flavor — of M&Ms you desire.

    bird nest cookies

    What you need:

    • 12-ounce package chow mein noodles

    • 12 ounces vanilla candy coating, broken into the pre-cut squares

    • 12-ounce package M&Ms (you likely won't use entire package, but that allows for nibbling)

    What you do:

    Line decorating space with wax paper. Provide each child a dish of eggs (M&Ms) for decorating.

    In large bowl, empty bag of chow mein noodles. In small bowl, microwave the squares of candy coating 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between and until smooth. Do not overcook! It takes only about a total of one minute or two, depending on the wattage of your microwave.

    When coating is melted, pour over noodles, then stir to even coat the noodles. Using a spoon, plop little piles of "nests" onto the wax paper, flattening slightly for a spot for the eggs. You can spend a lot of time perfecting the nests, or you can just let the kids have at it. I prefer the "have at it" method.

    decorating cookies

    The have at it part: Have the little ones quickly lay several eggs in each nest (har-har), pressing ever so slightly into the nest so they stick to the candy coating when it hardens.

    decorating cookies

    decorating cookies

    bird nest cookies

    Allow nests to cool completely until candy coating has hardened.

    bird nest cookies

    choosing a cookie  eating bird nest cookie

    Makes about 30 nests, depending on size of each nest.

    springtime cookies 

    Today's question:

    What is your favorite springtime food?

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    Reader Comments (7)

    Love this! Only three ingredients and looks so easy that even this domestically challenged Gma may try it.

    My favorite springtime food is anything cooked outside on the grill, tho' I've nearly given up on 'springtime in Chicago' this year : (

    April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I love the picture of the two boys, each appreciating those cookies in his own way.

    April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    The boys look so cute and totally engrossed in their efforts. And, we all know, even real birds make nests sort of haphazard-looking sometimes.

    My favorite spring time food is a "spring salad" with chopped up everything--green onions, cucumber. tomatoes, etc., more of a relish actually.

    April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Those boys worked so hard - they deserve a nest or two or three!

    April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

    I bet I know a little girl who would love to help me make (and eat) these! The boys do look like they are having such a good time! My favorite springtime food has to be asparagus! YUM!

    April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    What cute pictures of your grandsons. They look totally engrossed in their work. This looks like a yummy sweet treat. Oh, and sending you lots of sunshine from California today. It is time for Spring to be sprung for you!

    May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee Spindle

    love the looks on the boys' faces!

    May 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda
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