Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Peep Nests {Edible Easter Treats}

Do you remember eating those little chow mien noodle bird nests? Well I do and they were so yummy. I wanted to make some cute little nests for my kids so they could enjoy them as much as I did.

Well this year I tried something a bit different. I saw a recipe for Easter Peep Nests in the latest edition of Taste of Home Magazine. They were too cute not to make and since my daughter is a big peeps fan. I thought they would be perfect.

The difference in these edible nests is that instead of chow mien noodles this recipe calls for pretzel sticks. The photo above just melts my heart.

Carson looks so sweet gently holding his little bird nest. The photo of him looking down shows just how gentle and loving my little guy is. Those little bird nests really put a smile on his face. There is just something about photographing little hands that puts a smile on my face.

OK now back to the task at hand. This recipe is very kid friendly. I actually think the kids could pretty much handle the entire recipe by themselves.

Mom or dad will need to melt the vanilla bark and pour it over the pretzel sticks, but the kids can do the rest. They will have so much fun assembling the bird nests and adding different candies and the birds.

You can use little chocolate eggs, jelly beans, m&m's, malted milk balls or a combination of all the candies. It's really all up to you. Easter is only 5 days away, but there's still time to make these adorable little peeps nests.

As for us we are headed out of town this Easter holiday to enjoy some much needed fun with my husbands family. The kids are really excited about the Easter Egg Hunt and getting to play with their cousins. I will be contributing a few goodies for our holiday potluck. 

The kids requested their favorite Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars! And I can't say that I blame them. These cookie bars were a huge hit last year plus they travel well. I will also be bringing a big dish of Cheesy Hash brown Casserole to go with our ham. 

I can't wait Potlucks are my absolute favorite. What are your plans this Easter Holiday?

Here a few step by step photos of how easy these bird nests are to assemble. The full recipe is at the end of this post. Melt the white chocolate chips or almond bark.

 Add to the pretzels and stir to coat. Using two forks assemble the bird nests and place on waxed paper or foil.

Add your candy eggs and your birds by dipping them in the reserved melted chocolate so they will stick. It's as easy as that. I think the purple ones are my favorite.

But my Mackenzie loved the pink ones. Enjoy

Easter Peep Bird Nests

2 -packages (10 to 12 ounces each) white baking chips or
1- 24 oz package vanilla almond bark
1 - package (10 ounces) pretzel sticks
25- colored Chick Peeps
Assorted Candies: M&M’s, Chocolate Eggs, Jelly Beans or any other egg shaped candy.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, using the defrost setting melt the white chocolate chips or almond bark. Stir until smooth.

Melt the chocolate on the defrost setting in 3 minute intervals, stirring in between each one. Set aside 1/2 cup of the melted white chocolate for decorating.

Add the pretzel sticks to melted chocolate and stir until coated. Scoop a small amount of mixture onto waxed paper; shape into a nest using two forks.

Repeat, forming 25 nests. Dip bottom of Peep into reserved white chocolate; place in a nest. Add eggs and other candies to nests, securing with melted chocolate. Repeat. Let stand until set. Yield: 25 servings.


Dee said... #

Those are adorable, but I muse admit, I am not a fan of peeps. :)

Tina Butler said... #

Dee I'm not either but my kids are. I enjoyed making them with them, but the kids ate the peeps LOL. They are too sweet for my taste.

Nadine said... #

I'm not a huge Peeps fan either if it comes to eating them. However, we do have Microwave Sword Fights with them. :D

Take 2 Peeps chicks and stick a toothpick in each of their beaks. Place them beak to beak - close enough for toothpicks to cross - on a paper plate. Turn on microwave and watch them battle to the death.

Yeah - our family is just a tad warped. But we have lots of fun and there is always laughter in our home.

Coleens Recipes said... #

This is absolutely PRECIOUS, whether you like peeps or not...how cute is this!?!

Vicky said... #

What a great idea!

Anonymous said... #

My nine year old Katie LOVED these nests, they are SO sweet.
Mary x

The Better Baker said... #

Simplest ideas are the best! These are just adorable and no doubt, very yummy too. I love almond bark/pretzel combo! Thanks bunches for sharing and enjoy a blessed Easter weekend!

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Connie Pruitt said... #

So cute! I love peeps when they get stale! LOL
They get harder and chewy!

Emily said... #

Those are adorable!!! Love it!

Leslie said... #

These are darling Tina! I love that you used pretzels instead!!! Yum

Unknown said... #

These are so much fun!

Anonymous said... #

My son made these today Tina. They are on my fb! He did a great job and we had fun making them. Thank you! I can always count on your blog for great and SIMPLE ideas! :) Happy Easter!

Anonymous said... #

My 5 year old had so much fun making these and they are really good! Thanks for all your recipes, I really enjoy them :-)

Mary Bergfeld said... #

My grandsons would love these. This is my first visit to your site and I' spent some time browsing through your earlier posts while I was here. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Molly said... #

Yummy site, great ideas and fun, love it

Andrea said... #

Just found your blog. Have you seen the ingredients list for peeps?

Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, contains Less than 0.5% of the Following Ingredients: Potassium Sorbate (a Preservative)Artificial Flavors, Yellow No. 5 (Tartrazine)Carnauba Wax.

Altho your recipes are super cute, this is not healthy for children. (Or adults).... It would be fun to find a healthy, natural alternative....

Tina Butler said... #

For goodness sakes it's a Easter Peep. We are not popping down peeps for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don't think there is anything wrong with indulging for the holidays in a fun and yummy treat.