If you have no time for decorating Easter eggs this year then try making Easter Peeps in a Nest instead. The whole process (excluding the time needed for them to set) takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes. I had plans to decorate eggs and cookies this year but got so busy with work that I couldn’t fit it in. It left me feeling nostalgic for the times when my girls were little and we devoted an entire afternoon to decorating eggs and cookies. When I saw the idea for these Easter Peeps in a Nest on The Today Show the other morning, I thought they looked simple and quick and that making them would fill the little hole I had in my heart for days gone by. I searched and searched on-line for the recipe but couldn’t find it so I decided to just wing it. I think they came out pretty cute!
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without the iconic Marshmallow Peep!
Allow the Easter Peeps in a Nest to set completely before removing them from the baking sheet. If they’re not completely dry they may fall apart.
- 1 – 6oz. package of chow mein noodles
- 20 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- 35 jelly beans
- 5 marshmallow peeps/chicks
- Melt the chocolate by placing it in a heat safe glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir until fully melted then remove from the heat and stir in the chow mein noodles until they are completely coated with the chocolate.
- Using a food scoop or ½ cup measure, place mounds of the chocolate/chow mein noodle mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet. Use a spoon to flatten each mound slightly and make an indentation in the middle to mimic the shape of a nest. Place one peep in the middle of each nest and then surround it with 6 or 7 jelly beans.
- Let the nests sit undisturbed for several hours until set.
- Yield: 5 Easter Peeps in a Nest.
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