These lovely Easter treats were inspired by a late night craving-expedition to the freezer.
Text And Photo By Natalie McLaury
These little treats came about one night when I was scavenging the freezer for something sweet to eat. I spotted a bag of peanut butter egg M&Ms, tore it open, and started popping them in my mouth. Suddenly, I stopped. I knew if I wasn’t careful, the entire bag would be gone in a few hours. (History has proven this) I knew the only way I’d be able to put them back is if I had a reason to use them. I’m willing to make sacrifices for baking!
Thankfully, I had a vision of how I could use these. I pictured little bird’s nests, topped with the M&M eggs. Quickly, I closed the bag, stuck it back in the freezer, and immediately added pretzels and peanuts to my grocery list. The next day I picked up my missing ingredients and once again opened the freezer in search of the peanut butter M&Ms…but this time with a mission in mind!
These adorable bird’s nest cookies are what resulted. With only four ingredients these are incredibly easy to make, and these were a big hit when I brought them to church one Sunday morning! Perfect for Easter or Springtime, these taste as good as they look…and peanut butter M&Ms are much more fun to eat amongst chocolate covered pretzels and peanuts.
- 1 bag of peanut butter Egg M&Ms
- 2½-3½ (20-28 oz.) cups pretzel sticks, broken in half
- 1-1½ (8-12 oz.) cups dry roasted peanuts
- 1 (12 oz.) bag chocolate chips
- Melt chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave in a microwavable bowl. If using the microwave, stir every 30 seconds to prevent burning.
- Once chocolate is melted and smooth, stir in pretzels and peanuts, mixing to fully coat the mix-ins with chocolate.
- Drop spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture onto wax paper-lined baking sheets, about 1 or 2 inches apart from each other. Top each "nest" with 1 or 2 M&M eggs. Place baking sheets in fridge for 1 hour, or until hard. Transfer to airtight containers and store in fridge until ready to serve. (**Can be made up to one week ahead of time!)