Easy Nest Cookies…

18 Mar

When I was a little girl I remember eating these birds nests every year around this time.  I am almost positive we made “butterscotch” nests or maybe they were a peanut butter/butterscotch combination.  My grandmother used to make them with me and she is no longer available to ask so I had to rely on the internet to find a recipe that suited me!  When I looked for the recipe I found all sorts of variations.  Butterscotch, Peanut Butter, Chocolate and combinations of all three…  Because my boys are really into “marshmallows” right now I made the standard “rice crispy treat” version… Here is the recipe I used:

3 c. mini marshmallows
3 TBSP unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 c. dry chow mein noodles
small candies, jelly beans, m & m’s, etc.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Over low heat, melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan.

Once melted, stir in the vanilla, then the chow mein noodles.

Coat your hands liberally with shortening.  Grab a clump of noodles smaller than a tennis ball and larger than a golf ball. Form into a ball while pressing your thumbs into the middle, forming a nest.  Allow the nests to cool, then fill with with the candy of your choice….

2 Responses to “Easy Nest Cookies…”

  1. Angela March 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM #

    My Mom and Grandma made butterscotch “refrigerator cookies” when I was little. The recipe used to be on the butterscotch morsels bag! You could totally use the recipe to make nests!! It is 1 bag of butterscotch morsels and 1 cup peanut butter melted together in a double boiler. The recipe called for 6 cups of Special K cereal (but you could use the chinese noodles for the nests!) or enough to coat the cereal/noodles! Mix together. Spoon onto cookie sheet and put into refrigerator until hard! It’s a favorite at my house with all the kids and their friends! I bet that is what your grandma made!! Enjoy!

    • mommyapolis March 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM #

      thank you so much!

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