Crispy Easter Nests – A Whimsical Springtime Treat

Crispy Easter Nests – A Whimsical Springtime Treat
These magical little Crispy Easter Nests make me so excited for an Easter table full of kids. Now that I am a mom, Easter is one of my favorite holidays . And this year, we are having a house full of out of town company – my parents-in-law, sister/brother-in-law and their two young boys. I did a trial run of these crispy Easter nests this week to ensure that they would be special enough for the kiddos at our Easter table and I am delighted with the result.
Crispy Easter Nests
Easter Nests Awaiting their Eggs

Crispy Easter Nests

I thought that the recipe was a bit strange on paper – chow mien noodles,  marshmallow cream and peanut butter? But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from Granny’s recipe box, it is never to doubt Granny.  These Crispy Easter Nests came out picture perfect and delightfully scrumptious. They are little gobs of sweet crunchy perfection straight out of a child’s hopeful imagination. We are also planning an Easter Egg Hunt and a visit to the school to see newly hatched chicks. If somehow those Easter activities are a bust, I know these Crispy Easter Nests will still be a success!
 
As I made these Easter Nests, I remembered having these at Granny’s house. She always made holidays so special for her grandkids, and Easter was no exception. She made us these Crispy Easter Nests, Easter Bonnet Cookies, and served us Goldfish crackers in little mini Easter Baskets. Dinner was always delicious roasted lamb with mint jelly and lemon meringue pie or pineapple upside down cake for dessert. I can only hope that by passing these fun, food traditions on to my kids and nephews (we have 5 nephews and 0 nieces!!) that their memories of Easter will be special. 
Crispy Easter Nests
 
On a related note, if anyone in the Charlotte area has suggestions of additional Easter or Spring activities appropriate for kids aged 2-5, let me know! We hope you have a great Easter full of joy, springtime weather, happy traditions and of course, delicious food. 
Crispy Easter Nests

Crispy Easter Nests
Prep Time
15 mins
Setting Time
1 hr
Total Time
15 mins
 

These Crispy Easter Nests are a perfect and fun way to add some whimsy to your dessert table at Easter! They are easy, quick and so much fun to make!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Holiday, Kid Friendly
Servings: 12 nests
Ingredients
  • 1 Jar marshmallow creme 7 ounces
  • 1/4 c creamy peanut butter
  • 2 T butter melted
  • 5 oz chow mein noodles about 3 c
  • 1 c pastel M&Ms chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine marshmallow creme, peanut butter, and butter, mix until well blended. 

  2. Add noodles and chopped M&Ms, mix well.

  3. Drop 1/3 cupfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and shape into nests with greased fingers. Let stand until firm. 

  4. Dust bottom of the nests with powdered sugar, if desired. Fill with candies. 



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