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Salted Caramel Bird's Nest Cookies

With Easter coming up I wanted to work on something with the kids that would be fun and easy, and when I saw bird's nest cookies on Pinterest, I knew it would be perfect.   The recipe contains only three (kid friendly) ingredients and they are no-bake.
Instead of using butterscotch (which the original recipe calls for) I decided to use caramel.  I knew that the carmel mixed with chocolate eggs and salty chow mein noodles would be a great flavor combination.

Salted Caramel Bird's Nests
Equal parts (by weight): 
Chow Mein Noodles 
Caramel Candy 

Cadbury Chocolate Mini-Eggs (or other egg shaped candy)

In my case I used a 12 oz bag of noodles and an 11 oz bag of Caramels, but this recipe is super easy to scale up and down, since the 2 ingredients you measure just need to be equal. 

 I used Caramel Bits (which are unwrapped small carmel pellets), but the standard carmel candies would work too.  Any kind of caramel you could melt to make caramel apples is good. 

I let the girls do as much as they could.  Including opening all the bags:
Pour the caramels into a microwave safe bowl:
This is what the Caramel Bits look like (I found they at Target.) The whole bag was only 99 cents, which also makes them cheaper than butterscotch chips:
Melt them in the microwave on medium power (stirring every 30 seconds or so.) While you are microwaving the caramel, line a cookie sheet or tray with parchment paper:
Once the caramel is melted, make sure it is thin enough that you can stir it easily.  If it is too thick you can add a small amount of warm water to thin it out.  You don't want to over dilute it, but it should be the consistency of creamy peanut butter when it is hot:
Next pour in the chow mein noodles:
Stir to coat the noodles completely.  The noodles will definitely break when you are stirring but that is fine.  If it gets too thick or hard to stir, just put it back in the microwave for 30 seconds. 
Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the noodles onto the parchment and form into a little nest (this is the one step the girls needed a little help with):
Add 2 or 3 mini eggs to the middle of each nest (unless of course you want to be an empty nester):
The girls insisted that the eggs needed to be the same color in the nests since birds only lay one color egg:
Let cool and enjoy.  They actually are quite delicious. The salty sweet with the chocolate egg makes them surprisingly addictive.  Good thing they are so easy to make! 

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12 comments :

  1. oh these are soooooooooooooooooo getting made with pretty blue cadberry eggs : ) LOL!!! MY FAV!!!! these are so pretty and i believe they are going to be even yummier!!!! the kids will love them -- everyone will! thanks so much for sharing! saw you at 36th ave!!! hugs...

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  2. I need to do this! it looks super easy and my kids for sure would love it! me too!:) with the caramel! Thanks for sharing Kim.

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  3. So cute! And sounds like it was easy to get the kids to do most of it.

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  4. These are just ridiculously cute! I'd say they're too cute to eat, but they look pretty tasty too :)

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  5. Hi there! I LOVE this project. They look delicious and it looks like your kiddo had fun helping you with it. I'm always looking for activities / treats to make with kids - so, thanks!

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  6. This is a GREAT post- and they are sooooooo cute!

    What an excellent idea for spring!

    And you have bery awesome helpers!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a GREAT weekend!

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  7. Yum! It's only 10am and these are already on the top of my to do list! (Where did the plan to run go all of a sudden?)

    Rosie
    http://craftbotics.blogspot.com
    (A new GFC follower)

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  8. these look very yummy! I need to get some eggs before Easter so that I can have them at the end of the month for a Woodlands Baby Shower I am hosting.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. OMG this is the cutest, coolest, and funnest recipe. I cannot wait to do this with my son. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  10. I am featuring your treat on my blog today!
    YUM!

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  11. you have been featured! Come grab a feature button :)
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    Heather

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  12. These look incredible! I love the idea of using caramel- it does mix with salty very well. You're being featured- the post should be up soon. :)

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