Easter Nest Cookies

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I don’t know about you, but I am sick of winter and ready for the freshness of spring.

Yesterday I was shopping at Wal-Mart and they had aisles and aisles of candy-colored Easter goodies and a reminder that Easter was only 35 days away. I had to hold myself back from buying Easter candy. It is my favorite candy of the year and I always devour all of it way before Easter, leading me to buy more. Cadbury has to love me. Who doesn’t love the chocolatey, marshmallowy, pastel deliciousness of the holiday?

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I thought now would be a great time to share a post I worked on last year but never got around to sharing.

Aren’t these cookies just the cutest? No-bake nest cookies are an Easter tradition in my family. They are just like regular no-bake cookies, but with a sweet Easter twist. Be warned, they disappear quickly!
You can easily customize them by adding your favorite Easter candy. I prefer to use Cadbury Mini Eggs or Peeps chicks, but you could use Robin’s Eggs or other egg-shaped candies. My husband doesn’t like coconut so I usually leave that out. I prefer crunchy peanut butter over creamy, but either works in this recipe. I have also added chopped salted peanuts or broken pretzel sticks for a little added salty crunch.

• 2 c white sugar
• 1/2 c milk
• 1 stick butter
• 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
• 3 c old-fashioned oats
• 1/2 c shredded coconut
• 1 c peanut butter
• 1 tbsp vanilla extract
• 1 pinch salt
• 1 bag Cadbury Mini Eggs
• 1 package Peeps chicks
• Optional ingredients: Crunchy peanut butter, chopped peanuts, broken pretzel sticks, egg-shaped candies (unwrapped)

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1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. I have also spread wax paper directly on my kitchen counter instead of using baking sheets.

2. Bring the sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, let boil at a full boil or 1 minute. Do not over or under boil. (This is important because they will either be too crumbly or not set properly.)

3. Remove from heat and add the oats, coconut, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.

4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the wax paper. When they have cooled slightly (careful, it’s hot!) use fingers or a spoon to make a depression in the cookie to make your “nest.” Add your eggs or chicks.

5. Let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

If you try the cookies, let me know what you think! I can’t wait to make them again soon!


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