I vividly remember making these two-ingredient chocolate bird's nests as a child. This is such a simple recipe, it is perfect to get kids involved. I remember making these Easter bird nests when I was in 4th grade! At that time they were called bird nest haystacks.
Chow Mien and chocolate Easter bird's nests
These are so quick and easy to make! Don't they look delicious? For Easter, using chocolate eggs, candy eggs, or even jelly beans to resemble eggs make this the perfect Easter treat!
This is a simple no-bake recipe. And if you are looking for another fun Easter treat, take a look at these cereal treat Easter eggs.
Ingredients for bird's nest cookies
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 - 5 oz can of chow mein (see picture above)
candy eggs, or chocolate eggs or Cadbury mini eggs
If you don't have semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips work well. I have tried these when made with 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup butterscotch chips. Or, you can even use white chocolate chips.
As for the candy treat, use what you like or what you find. You can make these reflective of different holidays. Red treats for Valentine's Day, Green for St. Patricks Day etc.
Make sure to have either a piece of parchment or waxed paper ready to create your birds nest cookies on. The prep time goes quick and it helps to have this ready.
Pour chocolate chips into a large microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave for 60 seconds then for 30-second increments until melted.
If you aren't used to melting chocolate, make sure to try to stir between microwave heating increments. The chips keep their form and you need to stir them to make them smooth.
Pour the 5 ounce can of chow mein noodles into the bowl with melted chocolate and using a rubber spoon or spatula, gently stir into the melted chocolate.
Once the noodles are well covered in chocolate, take a large spoonful and place on parchment. Use the spoon and/or your fingers to create a 'dip' to help make it nest shaped.
Aim to make a dozen nests. It's ok to break some of the noodles when doing this!
Place your 'eggs' in the center of the nest. I used jelly beans for the ones below.
I've also used chocolate eggs - see below. They are so cute and delicious! Kids love the chocolate flavor of the nest and then the treat is really enjoyed too.
Chocolate bird’s nests – two ingredients!
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips usually the small bag
- 1 can chow mein noodles large can containing 5 oz.
- Optional garnishes for your bird's nests jelly beans, marshmallows, chocolate eggs etc.
- Pour chocolate chips into a microwave safe large bowl.
- Melt at 50% power for 60 second then at 30 second increments until melted and smooth.
- Add chow mein noodles. All of them! Stir gently.
- Scoop about a tablespoon of the chocolate chow mien mixture onto parchment on a baking sheet.
- I'm sure you can do it neater than I can! Just try to make them shaped into a nest. And put a little dent in the top for your optional garnishes.
- Put them in the fridge so the chocolate hardens. That's it. You are done!
These are fun for the kids to help with. They will get a little covered in chocolate.
Looking for another easy chocolate-flavored treat? Try these three-ingredient banana chocolate muffins. They are so easy and delicious!
Originally published Feb. 13, 2014.