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The Cutest Easter Birds Nest Recipe

Inside: The cutest Easter Birds Nest Recipe. This is an adorable Easter twist on the classic no-bake haystack cookie; these simple treats are transformed into nests holding Cadbury Mini Eggs.


Quick and Easy Easter Birds Nest Recipe

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Are you looking to whip up something super cute, delicious, and Pinterest mom-worthy this Easter? Do you also want a recipe without the fuss of preheating, mixing, and timing?

You’re in luck because no-bake treats are the perfect solution, especially for a festive Easter touch.

I’m talking about adorable Easter bird’s nests that you can create with your family. They’re a fun treat that requires minimal effort and brings maximum joy. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to involve the little ones in the kitchen without the worry of an oven!

I mean, how cute are these!?

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Let’s not waste any more time and get right into it!

What You’ll Need

Before we dive into our chocolatey project, let’s go over what you’ll need.

In terms of tools, keep it simple. 

  • A measuring cup
    A heat-safe bowl
  • A saucepan or double boiler to take care of our melting needs.
  • Muffin tins will give us the ideal nest size
  • Spoons for our trusty sculpting tools.
  • And, although it’s not a must, parchment paper on a baking sheet will make your life easier for setting those little nests.

With these simple ingredients and tools, we’re all set to create a delicious Easter dessert that doubles as a cute centerpiece for your Easter dessert table.

Ready to make your kitchen smell like a chocolatey Easter haven? Let’s get started!

How to Make the Easter Birds Nests

This recipe is very straightforward and easy to do. Another big plus is you won’t need much for these easter nests. Just four ingredients! You will need the following items to make this recipe:


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

  • 1 (5 ounce) can chow mein noodles, broken up slightly to better fit in muffin tin cavities

  • 36 Cadbury Mini Eggs

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Creating your own Easter bird’s nest cookies is a breeze with these simple steps, and it’s a perfect easter treat that’s bound to become one of your favorite recipes.


Here’s how to bring these cute chocolate bird nests to life!

Start by greasing the muffin tin cavities with cooking spray to ensure your nests will release easily.

Combine semi-sweet chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a large heat-safe bowl.

Process 1

Set it over a medium saucepan with simmering water (or use a double boiler) on low heat, melting the chips while stirring constantly until you have a smooth, velvety mixture.

Process 2

Remove your bowl from the heat and gently fold in the crunchy chow mein noodles until they’re completely coated with the melted chocolate mixture.

Process 4

Spoonfuls of the mixture go into the greased muffin tin. Press the center down with a spoon or your thumb to create a little indent, shaping them into nest forms.

Process 5

Now for the cutest thing – place your choice of chocolate candy eggs into each nest.

Process 6

Let the nests set by refrigerating them for about 1 hour. Once firm, they’re ready to be the new favorite on your Easter dessert table.

Easter Nest Haystack Treats

Now that you know how to make the most adorable little Easter treats, let’s chat more about the ingredients.

Easter Birds Nest Ingredient Alternatives

If you’re anything like me, you use recipes more as a guideline than following them to a T. With that said, work with what you have. This is a recipe that can easily be switched us, so go to town mixing things up.

The goal is to create a treat that you and your loved ones will enjoy, so feel free to adjust the recipe to suit your tastes and dietary needs!

For chocolate chips

You can use any chocolate that you prefer or have on hand. Opt for white chocolate, dark chocolate, or even peanut butter chips for a twist on the classic. If you use white chocolate, you can use dye to make other colors, as well.If you’re looking to avoid dairy, there are dairy-free chocolate options available as well.

For butterscotch chips

Butterscotch chips can be replaced with peanut butter chips to give a different flavor profile. If you want to keep a similar flavor but can’t find butterscotch chips, try using caramel candies that have been melted down with a little bit of cream.

For chow mein noodles

Pretzel sticks broken into small pieces can work as a substitute for chow mein noodles if you’re looking for a similar crunch. Shredded wheat cereal that’s been lightly crushed can also give a similar texture while providing a whole grain option. I’ve never tried it, but maybe even coconut? Do that one at your own risk though lol!

For Cadbury Mini Eggs or chocolate candy eggs

Top your nests with jelly beans, mini chocolate eggs, or any favorite easter candy. My personal favorite is the Cadbury eggs, so I stick to those, but any egg-shaped candy can be used here. You can even use almonds for a healthier twist. If you’re avoiding sugar, consider using nuts or dried fruits to simulate the eggs.

Pro Tip:  Stir in creamy peanut butter or your favorite nut butter into your melted chocolate for a nutty flavor. For a healthier option, consider adding a mix of crushed seeds or nuts, too.

How Do I Serve and Store the Easter Nest Dessert?

Serve these delightful nests fresh and store them carefully to maintain their charm and crunch.

  • Presentation: Display on a festive platter or individually in cupcake cases.
  • Storage: Keep at room temperature in an airtight container, or refrigerate if in a cold to warm climate.

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Easter Birds Nest Cookies

An adorable Easter twist on the classic no bake haystack cookie, these simple treats are transformed into nests holding Cadbury Mini Eggs.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Down time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12 people


  • Measuring cup
  • Heat-safe bowl
  • Medium saucepan or double boiler
  • Muffin tin
  • 2 Spoons


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Butterscotch chips
  • 1 5 oz can chow mein noodles, broken up slightly to better fit in muffin tin cavities
  • 36 Cadbury Mini Eggs


  • Grease 12 cavities of a muffin tin.
  • Add chocolate and butterscotch to a heat safe bowl over a saucepan filled with an inch of water, or double boiler, and melt over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth and completely melted.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in chow mein noodles.
  • Divide the mixture between the 12 greased muffin tin cavities and make a “nest” in the center.
  • Add candy eggs, and refrigerate for 1 hour to set.


 Store in an airtight container
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Final Thoughts – Simple Recipe for Easter Birds Nest

There you have it, friends—the easiest and quite possibly the cutest Easter treat you can make in mere minutes. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the kitchen, these chocolate bird’s nests are foolproof. They’re a delicious Easter dessert that doubles as a fun craft.

I’d absolutely love to see your take on these bird’s nest cookies. Snap a picture and share it on social media, or drop a comment with your own festive recipe twists. Easter is all about joy and sharing, so let’s spread that sweet happiness one chocolate nest at a time!



About Morgan Wender

I’m a boy mom, dog mom, bee mom, lover of all things Disney, and lover of making the best out of this chaotic life of mine. I created this platform to share my life, and help normalize “big topic” motherhood issues. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between.Now that you know a little about me, I would love to know more about you! Find me over on Instagram, and shoot me a DM if you would like to chat!the journey

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