Peanut Butter Bird's Nests
Happy Healthy Holidays!
Did you ever have these chow mein noodle bird's nests? They're a favorite for Easter! If you have never had them, try them. Kids think they're great - of all ages!
1-2/3 cups (10-oz) peanut butter chips
1 tablespoon shortening
5-ounce can chow mein noodles (about 2-1/2 cups)
Varied Easter Candies:
Mini chocolate eggs
Gummy Bears Candies
M and M's and/or Sixlets
Line tray with wax paper.
Place peanut butter chips and shortening in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at High 1 to 1-1/2 minutes until mixture is melted and smooth when stirred. Immediately add chow mein noodles; stir well to coat completely.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets; shape with greased fingers to form nests. Let stand until firm. Dust bottom of nests lightly with confectioners sugar, if desired. Fill with chocolate candies before serving.
Yield: 1 dozen
Variation: Crispy Easter Nests
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 can (5 ounces) chow mein noodles (about 3 cups)
1 cup chopped chocolate candies
Combine marshmallow creme, peanut butter and butter; mix until well blended. Add noodles and chopped chocolate candies.
Drop mixture by heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared tray; press down with spoon to form nest shape. Immediately press on desired candies.
Let stand until firm, or refrigerate for ten minutes. Store in tightly covered container. Recipe makes about two dozen nests.