Are you looking for an easy and adorable treat to make this Easter? Look no further than these no bake bird nest cookies! They would make a great last minute addition to any party or gathering that you have coming up. They whip up in no time, are almost (but not really) too cute to eat, and to top it all off, they are super scrumptious.
If you hop onto Pinterest, it’s not hard to realize that there are many different versions of this little treat out there. I decided to go with no bake chocolate peanut butter cookies because they have always been one of my favorites.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. As a busy mom, I love recipes that are fast, easy, and delicious. Fortunately, these little gems totally fit the bill.
Over the years, I have tested out a number of different no bake cookie recipes. There is one that I consistently return to though, and that is what I’ve used here. The original recipe comes from a little cookbook called More Tastes & Tales from Texas with Love by Peg Hein. I don’t really have any idea how or when this book found its way into my collection, but I did use to live in Texas. So, it does make sense.
The title of these cookies is “Nancy Jo’s No-Bake Cookies.” (This just begs to be read aloud in a Texas accent.) Let me tell you, these are fantastic just the way they are, but I have made a few small changes to the recipe. I will post the original recipe here, but note my own personal changes within. (One of the things that I change with most no bake cookie recipes is that I cut the sugar in half. I promise, they will still be sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, yet you will only have half the guilt. 🙂 )
These literally take about 15 minutes to make from start to finish. You simply combine the ingredients according to the recipe directions. Then, drop a spoonful of the mixture onto wax paper. You’ll want to press the center down a bit to create a small well in the middle. That way, your “eggs” will stay in place after the cookies have set.
Let them set up, then place your candy eggs in the center. Many people choose to use the mini Cadbury eggs for these, and those will totally work. I, however, used peanut butter M & M eggs. Personally, I prefer M & Ms over mini Cadbury eggs, plus the colors on the M & Ms are more vibrant. This is completely a personal choice though. Fill your little nests with whatever your own favorite is.
That’s it. Easy peasy.
- 2 c. sugar (I typically cut this in half)
- 6 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/2 c. milk (I used almond milk because it's what I had on hand)
- 1 tbsp. butter or margarine
- 1/2 c. peanut butter
- 3 c. 1-minute oatmeal (I used old-fashioned rolled oats)
- Mix sugar and cocoa in a large saucepan.
- Add milk gradually and stir until cocoa is moistened.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Remove and add butter or margarine, peanut butter and oatmeal.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Drop by teaspoon on wax paper (and press the center down a bit to form a well).
- Let cool (and add your candy eggs).
- These keep well when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- I have used both 1-minutes oats and rolled oats to make these. They both work, but the rolled oats have a chewier texture. I felt that the rolled oats would provide a more appropriate appearance for the birds nests.