Saturday, April 3, 2010

*sweet* Bird's Nests


Do you remember eating these chow mein noodle bird's nests when you were a kid? I do and they're one of my favorite things to make for Easter!


I found a recipe for them in the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion. They are really, really simple, too!

Seriously, it'll take you less than an hour (unless you are going to blog about them, then it will take FOUR), assuming you have chow mein noodles, marshmallows and Easter candy on hand. And who doesn't? ;)


Bird's Nests
{adapted from King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion}

3 c. mini marshmallows
3 TBSP unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 c. dry chow mein noodles
small candies, jelly beans, m & m's, etc.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Over low heat, melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan.

Once melted, stir in the vanilla, then the chow mein noodles.

Coat your hands liberally with shortening, (butter doesn't work as well) and have some nearby for re-coating.

{Your hands will feel so soft all day. :) Hmmm...maybe I should carry a little tub of Crisco in my purse?}


Grab a clump of noodles smaller than a tennis ball and larger than a golf ball. Form into a ball while pressed your thumbs into the middle, forming a nest.


Allow the nests to cool, then fill with with the candy of your choice....

{I used mini Robin's Egg Whoppers.}


{And maybe a mama bird, or Peep, watching over!}


OK...so while I was taking pictures, I thought..."wouldn't these be cute placecards?!?"


Of course, you can probably find a better pen than a ballpoint and cut out construction paper a little neater, but they ARE cute, aren't they?

{I used a toothpick to attach the Peep to the nest.}


Remember to link up your Easter goodies and crafts here. Or, just go check them out...I am blown-away with all of the CUTE ideas!!! You guys are so fun! I'm stealing ALL of your ideas next year!

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70 comments:

  1. I've never seen these, Bridget! I love them...

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  2. I love these..yes, I grew up on these as well. So sweet and yum-o!! Happy Easter Bridget to you and your family!! Laurie

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  3. so cute! I have never seen them with chow mein noodles, only fiber one...i bet these are tastier :)
    Happy Easter!

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  4. I remember those and love them too. We used butterscotch chips in ours and made them really taste great. I don't have the noodles though wonder what else would work?

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  5. I never made these when I was a kid, but boy are they super cute! I'll have to remember them for next easter!

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  6. Oh Bridget ...these are so so so Mia ...i love'em goooddddddddddddd very very muc....
    Have never had these but know i will love 'em ...now to find some chow mein like these ..mommy got me loads of marshmellow for easter :-)))0
    Have a supe sparkly twinkling love filled easter :-)))

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  7. I put green coconut in the center, yummy. I love your baking pans, very well used. You can always tell the non-bakers by there silvery baking pans. :)

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  8. awww these are cute. I've never seen them with noodles but it's a great way to make them. I will be giving this a go for sure!

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  9. Those look yummy. I had forgotten about that great recipe. Hope you don't mind I have added your blog to my side bar. I came across your blog last night and love it.

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  10. What a cute idea--I've seen chow mein noodles used to make "haystacks" but never nests--love this idea!

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  11. Bridget, thanks for stopping by my blog. I have to tell you that I used your royal icing recipe for my first attempt at royal icing this weekend... it was a very detailed recipe and it came out well. I of course need practice, but I got the concept right... stiff outlines and flooding the inside... now i just need to practice practice practice!

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  12. ADORABLE as always sweet cousin~ Happy Easter

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  13. Dear Sweet Bridget...
    For some reason...
    your sweet little bird nest with little eggs made me feel so sentimental...so blessed to know YOU...to have you in my life.
    When I saw the little nest on your baking pan...I noticed the wear and tear of the pan...you know the little brown spots that occur after years of using a pan...and I just thought...I wonder what all Sweet Bridget has baked using THAT PAN?!
    I know that many sweet things have been baked on that pan...that you have shared with all of your blog readers...with your friends...and with your family.
    You are a delight!
    Why am I so sentimental all of a sudden?
    Guess it's because I truly am so grateful to know you and adore you.
    You are wonderful Bridget.
    And I love you and I have never even had the pleasure of HUGGING you tight!
    But just consider yourself HUGGED with a big ole bear hug! ;o)
    The bird nest are just precious...and I know those WHOPPER eggs..were divine!
    Happy Easter my Sweet Bridget!
    Enjoy your day! xxooxx

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  14. I love these and who doesn't have all these ingredients at home already? Can't wait to try these for the kids!

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  15. How cute are these!!! I hope you and your family have a very Happy Easter.

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  16. Very cute nests Bridget and the "Momma" bird was a great touch as was the idea to use them for place cards. Best wishes for a Happy Easter to you and your family :)

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  17. Adorable! I have never seen these done so pretty!

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  18. I've never seen these. I'm going to try them. I'm sure mine won't be as nice as yours--but, I'll practice.

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  19. Happy Easter. We used to make these with just melted butterscotch chips and the noodles and called them haystacks. I wonder how that would work in making hte nests?

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  20. I have never made these, but next year for sure! They look great! Have a blessed Easter with your family!

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  21. So cute...I bet they are yummy too. I will have to make them next year. I am making your Mom's coconut cake to take to a dessert party and Easter egg hunt today. Thanks for always inspiring me! Happy Easter! Miss you!

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  22. awe they are super duper cute :) love em!

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  23. How funny you posted these, I had just searched online last night for these but chocolate ones since I remembered making mine out of chocolate when I was little.

    Will be adding to my next year's Easter list!

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  24. Hi Bridget! i just stumbled upon your blog from a comment u left A Bowl of Mush. Love your blog! These nests are so cute and creative. A truly inspired sweet treat! Can't wait to stop by here more.

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  25. What a interesting and creative blog, I enjoyed so much reading it.
    Susan
    http://amazingcouponanddiscountdeals.blogspot.com

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  26. This just brought me back to about 4th grade! I used to love these! I could eat a pile of them! Definitely making them next year :)

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  27. Those sound delicious! I've never had them!

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  28. you know I've seen these a few times, but I've never had them or made them! I'm adding these to my list to try next year for sure!!

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter!!♥

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  29. Perfection Bridget!!! Those are SO beautiful, and they actually look delicious! I am fairy positive I have never eaten one... so I just might have to try one in the future!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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  30. These are adorable! I've seen something similar w/chocolate, but they weren't nearly this cute!

    ~traci
    :D

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  31. I remember making these for my kiddos. And loving them. Haven't seen them in year. Thanks for posting.

    They are sooooo cute.

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  32. I totally forgot about these! I've eaten, but never made them! I am printing your post and putting it away with my Easter decorations, so I won't forget for next year!
    ~Nancy

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  33. Oh wow! These make me nostalgic. My grandma always had these for Easter. And you know what? It never occurred to me that she probably made them.

    How funny. Thanks for sharing these. I'm bookmarking this page for next year.

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  34. Those are really cute. Now I wish I took the time to make them!!!

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  35. You have one of the most fun and adorable blogs I've ever ever ever seen! LOVE it. Now following!

    xoxox

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  36. My husband loves these and I remember my grandmother making them every spring. Thank you for reminding me. I'll have to make some for my family.

    Thanks much!

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  37. We always made them with rice crispy treats. Same concept. Love it!

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  38. So cute! We always made these with my mom when we were kids. I bet she still makes them even though we're all grown up!

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  39. Oh my. These are freaking ADORABLE. Thanks for always sharing such yummy and creative recipes with us!

    Psst...I am hosting a giveaway on my blog today, if you'd like to enter. xoxoxox

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  40. Hey girl! Thanks for linking up to my party! Those nests were so adorable. Everything you do is absolutely amazing!

    XXOXO
    Jen

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  41. these are adorable! i made easter egg nest cupcakes for my blog too...kind of similar to these. LOVE THEM!
    http://cuppycakebakes.blogspot.com

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  42. So precious! I missed these whilst I was nursemaid-ing I'm so glad that I found them! I'm slightly obsessed with nests!

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  43. so cute! This would be so cute for my sons Easter party , at school...I am going to try these :)

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  44. I just posted the ones I made on my blog. Thanks for the recipe.

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  45. I made these today and they are soooo yummy and even cuter! I posted a pic on my blog. I didn't have time to write anything else. I am hoping to get the recipe and credit to you tomorrow! http://mommahenscoop.com

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  46. How long do these stay fresh? I want to make for a cupcake toppers for a baby shower next week? Would they stay fresh for 7 days? Thank you.

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    1. You know, I wouldn't make them a week ahead of time. Maybe a day or two? they don't take long, so you could easily make them the night before or day of the shower. :)

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  47. I had these all the time as kids! Definitely going to make some of these. And I may just blog about them! Yum!

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  48. i, sadly, had an awful experience trying to make these! they looked so cute! but, from the globs of noodles and mallows refusing to stick together and form a ball/nest of ANY kind, to it all demanding to stick to my hands, no matter the amount of crisco slathered, i ended up with a very frustrating endeavor! i don't know what went wrong! :( i tried to add some more melted marshmallow to see if it would help things stick, but it didn't really. i ended up spooning the mix onto the paper and then trying with a wish and a prayer to form them into something that resembled a nest and not take all of it up with my hand. we will see once these cool, if they stick together at all. hopefully they will hold some candy eggs and i am sure my girls will love them regardless, but i am sad to say this wasn't a successful endeavor. i wonder if you need the nostalgia of your childhood thrown into the ingredients to make this work! i've never had them or seen them before, so perhaps that was the ingredient missing. oh well! they all end up in the same place in the belly, so i'm sure the taste will be yummy! thanks for the great recipe idea even though it didn't pan out for me. they sure look cute in your picture!!

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    1. patricia...

      I'm so sorry you had a problem with them! They ARE really sticky and you do have to use lots of Crisco on your hands...and reapply, but you said you did that. I can't imagine what went wrong. Hmm...

      I know that is frustrating when things don't turn out. :(

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    2. I just came down to read the comments because I had the EXACT SAME THING happen to me tonight! I was so excited to make these and take them to church tomorrow for all the little kiddies and I could NOT form a nest to save my life! I did the same thing, spooned them out and formed the closest thing I could to a nest and stuck them in the freezer lol :( I hope they turn out because I stupidly told the pastor's wife that I had a cute little surprise I was bringing tomorrow lol
      However, I also made some chocolate chip ones (for the older kids) and they turned out amazing. If I had 2 muffin pans, I would have just made more of those for the little kids lol :/ Oh well ;) I still think they are adorable ideas!

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    3. I will admit that I did not read thru every comment at this 11th hourbut I would appreciate if anyone can help. I made a variation of this recipe tonight and I did not have parchment paper available. Only foil or wax paper. I opted for the wax paper.... and now, I have nearly 2 dozen cute little nests that are stuck to the wax paper. What I am wondering is if anyone has a clever solution to "unstuck" the nests without saving gobs of paper on the bottom. I've thought of reheating them somehow, and right now I'm thinking hair-dryer!
      Please offer any tricks you know of - I will try anything to save these cute little things.
      thanks,
      Kim

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  49. I made these this morning and they turned out so cute! I read what @Patricia had written so I was a little nervous to try them, but they turned out great! I did mold them into nest shapes inside muffin tins and left them there until they were firm enough to remove. I wonder if maybe they won't firm up enough you could try to add a little confectioners sugar to the melted marshmallows, that may tighten it up a little. Just thought that may help someone! Oh and I did find I needed to reapply the crisco to my hands after each nest. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  50. These are so cute and so easy and quick to make. I had no problems with them sticking together. They will be a hit at our church egg hunt! Thanks!

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  51. How many did your recipe make?

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    1. Hi Christy - I just made these tonight, and I got nine ~3" nice-sized nests. If you made them a little smaller, you can probably get 12. They were easy to pull together; I used Pam spray for my hands and it worked great. I only had to spray my hands about every other one. I rolled them into a ball first, then used my thumbs to make the inside of the nest, and flattened into a nest shape. Very cute idea Bridget! Thanks for sharing! I also made the Bunny Bait for our family dinner on Thursday with an Easter theme and it was a big hit! I've made 3 batches so far (I did use 3 packages of OR Tender White microwave popcorn for each batch...that helped with the salty/sweet taste. I used the Wilton Pastel Confetti melts and added the confetti sprinkles & pastel M&Ms - it looked and tasted great!) Happy Easter everyone!

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  52. when you said Vanilla did you mean Vanilla Extract?

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  53. This is a great idea! I think pretzel sticks would work well also, to get a nice salty sweet treat!

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  54. This is sooo adorable... I sprayed cooking spray on my hands in between each bird's nest that I made, and that seemed to work great! Thanks for an easy Easter inspired treat!

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  55. My girls and I just made a batch of these. They turned out so cute! We also used the Crisco cooking spray after every couple of nest. We are getting ready to start batch number two, as soon as these set up enough to move into a container to save for the Easter gathering at Nana's! This is such a great memory to place in my 'mother~daughter' file in my head. I am going to let them have a go at it alone on the next batch so I can take photos 'sticky' free for scrapbooking later too! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

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  56. OMG MY NAME'S MOLLY! I have a placecard on your nest. =P
    Yeah. Anyways.
    These are uber cute. I'm making them.

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  57. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. My daughter is having her first birthday party this weekend, and naturally we are pulling out all the stops. I am using so many of your recipes, including cute little birds nest. Her party is "spring" themed. So much fun! Thanks again!

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  58. Very cute idea, my grand kids will enjoy filling this baskets for the old folks center for easter baskets, thanks for the idea.

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  59. Hi, you may want to know someone is stealing your ideas AND YOUR PHOTOS and claiming them as her own on Etsy: http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/2010/04/sweet-birds-nests.html I would report her. Shame on them.

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  60. How many will your recipe make? They look super cute to send to school.

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