No Bake Bird Nest Cookies

Back by popular demand!   These adorable “cookie-candy-treats” are tasty and oh-so-cute.  They are delightful for spring, Easter, or as a pick-me-up when you need something sweet.  The words “chow mein” mean 'stir-fried noodles', also translating

Back by popular demand!   These adorable “cookie-candy-treats” are tasty and oh-so-cute.  They are delightful for spring, Easter, or as a pick-me-up when you need something sweet.  The words “chow mein” mean ‘stir-fried noodles’, also translating to “fried noodle” in English, chow meaning ‘stir-fried’ (or “sautéed”) and mein meaning ‘noodles’. Enjoy making these FUN and festively spring treats!


No Bake Birds Nest Cookies


  • Time to make: 10 minutes
  • Serves 24 


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (note:  substitute butterscotch chips or do a combination of half chocolate and half butterscotch)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles
  • Peanuts, jelly beans, or “robin’s egg” candies



  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
  • Place chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe container. Heat on 50% power for approximately 1 minute. Stir, and repeat, until chocolate chips are fully melted.
  • Stir in chow mein noodles until fully coated.
  • Drop by tablespoonsful onto prepared baking sheet, forming a nest shape with your fingers or with a spoon sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Place a few peanuts, jellybeans, or “robin’s egg” candies in the center of each nest for eggs.
  • Refrigerate until firm.


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