How many of you have made Haystack cookies before? Haystack cookies are dry chow mein noodles coated in butterscotch and peanut butter. They are surprisingly addicting! These are traditional no bake cookies that typically make an appearance in the fall (haystacks & pumpkins) or at Christmas time when my mom and I spend a leisurely day together baking up goodies. I remember when I first learned to make them I eyed the dry chow mein noodles suspiciously. How could something so bland and boring become worthy of a cookie status? Luckily my mom knew how to get my interest. She simply whispered that they get covered in butterscotch (my favorite) and I was suddenly willing to give them a try!
This year, my birthday falls on the Friday before Easter. I was torn, I wanted to bake some delicious treats to share with family and friends for Easter, but I also want to have a nice relaxing birthday celebration without feeling like I needed to be in the kitchen all day. Enter haystack cookies. They would be a perfect dessert! I can make them ahead of time, seal them tightly in a freezer safe container, then warm them slightly and assemble on Easter morning! To adapt them for Easter, I am turning haystacks into Bird’s Nest cookies. This recipe comes straight off the pages of the Hershey’s Kitchen. No way was I going to mess with a classic! The only difference with this recipe is that when I buy a bag of chow mein noodles, I say go ahead and make the whole bag!
Easter Bird’s Nest Cookies
- 1 12 ounce bag milk chocolate chips
- 1 12 ounce bag butterscotch chips, more chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips
- 1 12 ounce bag chow mien noodles
- 1 package of peeps (the original yellow birds, not the bunnies)
- 1 12 ounce bag of Robin’s Egg candy
- Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips together in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. (Do NOT over cook the chocolate. It should be just barely melted. It will liquefy more as you stir it. If you’d like to play it safe and go with a double boiler, that is an option too.)
- Stir in chow mien noodles.
- Drop by spoonfuls into a greased muffin tins and mold into nest shapes.
- Chill in the refrigerator for just a few minutes, until almost firm but still sticky.
- If you are freezing the cookies, do so now.
- Remove from refrigerator and place Peeps on top.
- Arrange Robin’s Eggs around the Peep.
- Replace in refrigerator until fully set.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight until Easter!
Are you noticing these super adorable little bunnies who have been helping me cook? They are hand felted Ben & Kari bunnies done by my mother-in-law. She has a fun informative blog about felting, if you are interested in learning more! Are you noticing these super adorable little bunnies who have been helping me cook? They are hand felted Ben & Kari bunnies done by my mother-in-law. She has a fun informative blog about felting, if you are interested in learning more!