Easy Chocolate Haystacks Birds Nest Cookies Recipe

 Whether it’s Easter or a just-for-fun dessert that the kids will enjoy, these classic birds nest chocolate haystack cookies are always a hit…

Eggs in a Chocolate Nest    

What’s crunchy, chocolatey, and extremely adorable? You guessed it! The always loved chocolate Easter nests!

Easter holds a special place in my heart, and besides loving eggs, I, Nanette adore pastel colors, Easter brunch, and marshmallows.

And it doesn’t get better than springtime weather mixed with your favorite people gathering, don’t you agree? 

Naturally, I’m particularly excited to share this simple recipe that’s both festive, filled with chocolate, and always a crowd favorite…

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How To Make No-Bake Chocolate Haystacks Birds Nest Cookies

There are several classic renditions for making birds nest cookies.

While they’re easily customizable, the most popular are chocolate haystacks and butterscotch haystacks. 

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 1 6oz pack of dried chow mein noodles — Ramen or any other dry noodles and nuts would work, too)
  • Your choice of 4 oz dark chocolate, milk chocolate, peanut butter chips, or butterscotch chips
  • Egg candy of any kind — I used the speckled Cadbury eggs.
  • Waxed paper for a lined cookie sheet

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Break the chocolate chips into small chunks and then microwave at half power for 45 seconds to melt chocolate in a large bowl.

Then, continue to microwave in 20-second intervals until it’s completely melted into a smooth chocolate mixture. 

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Crumple the noodles with your hand into smaller pieces and toss it in the melted chocolate until it’s completely coated.
 
Form little nests in your desired shapes and sizes and let them cool to room temperature on parchment paper or your prepared baking sheet. 
 
If you’re wanting to make enough chocolate haystacks for a larger group, you can easily double the recipe and line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper. 
 
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Top off with chocolate eggs with your favorite Easter candy eggs while the chocolate is still tacky. 
If the chocolate mixture hasn’t set within 20 minutes, put the nests into the refrigerator to cool faster. 
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What To Top Birds Nest Cookies With

If you’re looking for other alternatives for making your chocolate haystacks, the possibilities are endless. 
 
You can opt for a healthier version of these cookies by using toasted oats and coconut as the base.
 
For a lower saturated fat, you can replace the Cadbury eggs with a healthier staple like yogurt coated almonds or nuts. 

Ideas for Chocolate Haystacks Birds Nest Cookie Toppings:

  • Easter sprinkles
  • Coconut flakes
  • Cadbury eggs
  • Candied robin eggs
  • Coated almonds
  • M&M’s
  • Chocolate covered espresso beans
 
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Do you have any tried and true favorites for the traditional chocolate haystacks?! If so, be sure to share in the comments below, we’d love to hear them!
 
And in case you’re looking for more Easter ideas and inspirations, here are a few of my favorites from our archives —

 

Chocolate Haystacks Birds Nest Cookies Recipe

close up photo of a chocolate haystack with cadbury eggs

Chocolate Haystacks Birds Nest Cookies Recipe

Print Recipe
5 from 10 votes
Whether it’s Easter or a just-for-fun dessert that the kids will enjoy, these classic birds nest cookies are always a hit.
Total Time20 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine Cookie

Equipment

  • Parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 6 oz dried chow mein noodles 1 pack
  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • Egg candy We used cadbury eggs.

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 107kcal

Instructions

  • Break the chocolate into large chunks.
  • Microwave at half power for 45 seconds. Continue to microwave in 20 second intervals until it's completely melted.
  • Crumble the noodles with your hand into smaller pieces, and toss it in the chocolate until it's completely coated.
  • Form little nests in your desired shapes and sizes, and let solidify on parchment paper. If it hasn't set within 20 minutes, put the nests into the refrigerator to set.
  • Top off with chocolate eggs and enjoy!
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17 thoughts on “Easy Chocolate Haystacks Birds Nest Cookies Recipe”

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  2. This is so yummy and fit perfectly into my meal prep! Funny enough, I was very on the edge of trying a Keto diet because there’s so much info out there and I was really confused at the beginning lol. I read a blog post – https://blakestake.com/i-finally-tried-the-keto-diet-heres-what-happened-my-results/ .This is a review of a weight loss program called the Custom Keto Diet and the writer (Blake)’s journey with starting and achieving amazing results with the Keto diet. I can’t stress enough that people should try this before wasting money and their time on things that don’t work. It changed my life!5 stars

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  5. coming late to the party, but… The recipe for these is on the packets in Australia, called spiders. It calls for crunchy peanut butter to be added in when you melt the chocolate. It is perfectly delicious. More than highly recommended!

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  6. I used to have these when I was little but we used broken up shredded wheat cereal! Might have to make some this Easter!

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  7. We used to make these growing up and called them “haystacks” and I LOVE the idea of using them as nests for Easter! We use half butterscotch/half chocolate and it’s amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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