Annalise Sandberg

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Nests

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Growing up, no-bake chocolate cookies were a staple in my house. I loved them because they were fast, easy, and required little precision. It was the first recipe I learned to master.

These little cookies are a take on our family recipe, with the variation of shaping them into nests and filling them with egg-shaped candy for Easter. I also added some crunchy chow mein noodles, which do a great job resembling twigs. It may sound like an odd addition but they have virtually no flavor of their own, and the little crunch they give the cookies is an extra bonus.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: 18 cookies




1½ cups sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup whole milk
Pinch of salt
½ cup Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups old-fashioned oats
1½ cups crispy chow mein noodles
Egg-shaped chocolate candies


1. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and butter. Stir to dissolve sugar and melt butter. When the mixture is smooth, add the milk and salt and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

1.	In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and butter.

Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter, vanilla extract, oats and chow mein noodles. Stir until combined.

oats and chow mein noodles

Remove from heat and add the peanut butter, vanilla extract, oats and chow mein noodles. Stir until combined.

3. Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment or wax paper. Use the back of spoon to make a well in the center, like a bird’s nest. Let cool for 30 minutes.

Use the back of spoon to make a well in the center, like a bird’s nest.


4. Place egg-shaped candy in the center of each nest and serve.

Place egg-shaped candy in the center of each nest and serve.


Annalise uses chow mein noodles in this no-bake recipe to resemble twigs. What other add-ins do you think would work here to make these nests?

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Nests, 9.6 out of 10 based on 5 ratings

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69 Responses to No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Nests

  1. Meg Tucker says:

    I think pretzel sticks would work well!!

  2. Janice Jacobs says:

    I think shredded coconut would also give a texture to the “nests”

  3. tramaine ray says:

    I think shaved almonds, or peanuts would be pretty innovative.

  4. Gina Taylor says:

    Maybe cornflakes? These look delish!

  5. Rebekah R. says:

    Sliced pecans would be really good in this!

  6. Rachael says:


  7. Julie Cover says:

    How about coconut or sliced almonds?!

  8. Julie says:

    You could add chocolate covered raisins or regular raisins has ‘bird food’. Or mini marshmallows with some rice krispis. Gonna try that this weekend mmmm

  9. Teresa M. says:

    I think shredded coconut would be excellent!

  10. Lori C. says:

    I’m thinking coconut because it would be pretty and have a nice texture.

  11. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I love this recipe! I think coconut could be used 😉

  12. Angela Moore says:

    Coconut or cornflakes would be delicious..

  13. Kristi says:

    chocolate chips

  14. Linda says:

    Coconut and pecans or walnuts.

  15. Kelsey says:

    I think you should use pretzel sticks! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Jane Sandona says:

    top them with a peep and a jelly bean

  17. David Becker says:

    Definitely pretzel sticks; shredded coconut; slivered almonds

  18. Francisco says:

    A cereal like Fiber One…then I could tell myself that I am eating healthy(er).

  19. Dave Payne says:

    rice krispies or pretzels

  20. tara pittman says:

    granola would taste good

  21. Troy C. says:


  22. A W says:

    I would use coconut

  23. Sand says:

    Corn flakes or rice krispies.

  24. lisa mcfarland says:


  25. Erin McGarry says:


  26. Carrie Conley says:

    Maybe Wheaties…..

  27. Connor says:

    fiiber one cereal, toasted coconut, pretzel sticks, shredded wheat…

  28. Heather Burelle says:


  29. Lien says:

    shredded coconuts or all bran cereals

  30. Wen says:

    maybe add a little mint and mint leaf to add some aesthetics

  31. pat says:

    Crushed pretzels for added salty crunch

  32. Nicole says:

    Peanut butter chips.

  33. Tiffiny Duke says:

    I like to add flaxseed, wheat germ, dark chocolate chips.

  34. Melisa Shockley says:


  35. Betty Butler says:

    These are so adorable..I think pretzels would also work..very delicious idea..thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  36. Kelly ebbert says:

    I would use coconut or gluten free pretzels

  37. David says:

    Shredded coconut, slivered nuts, or those pretzel sticks would work well too.
    If you don’t care about the taste, I would suggest those pull and peel twizzlers candy.

  38. Mystogan G. says:

    Shredded coconut

  39. Megan says:

    Coconut! I’ve made no bakes with coconut and slivered almonds before and it worked great!

  40. Jennifer C says:

    Stick pretzels?

  41. Mic Joli says:

    I think some crushed up sugar cones would be really good! Yum..really want to make these!

  42. Erin R. says:

    Slivered almonds.

  43. Jessica says:

    There’s actually a similar recipe out there using bran twigs.

  44. Jalynn says:

    I would use pretzels. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

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  45. Abby says:

    Shredded coconut or maybe rice crispies. Sounds so good!

  46. Amy P says:

    I would use coconut also.

  47. grandmajudi says:

    Made before without the cocoa – will give this a try.

  48. Jo Gutierrez says:

    I would add some chocolate chips too.

  49. Violeta Rosete says:

    unflavored churritos (are like mexican chow mein noodles) but they taste better =D

  50. Jessica says:

    Big coconut flakes or pretzel sticks.. oats too would work and be yummy

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  51. Kelli says:

    I’d add Fiber One Original & chopped peanuts.

  52. Marco Caltabiano says:

    I think some Kelloggs’ All-Bran would make a great nest as well!

  53. Kristine says:

    Strips of coconut would look like twigs and would be a delicious add-in.

  54. Jennifer says:

    Cocoa Krispies

  55. tracy says:

    I would use kashi go lean with the sticks and twigs, along with dark chocolate dreams and chocolate protein powder to “health” it up a notch 😉

  56. nik says:

    Pretzels would be fabulous…salty and sweet is always delicious. And flavored pretzels would work too!

  57. James Church says:

    we used to use shredded wheat and crumble them up instead of chow mein noodles but they both work

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  64. Sandi Morris says:

    Shredded coconut would be nice.

  65. Patricia Cichos says:

    Puffed rice cereal or crushed potato chips would be good. You could also add chopped nuts or chopped cherries. Yummy!

  66. Kristen Spirko says:

    Pretzel sticks would be ideal!

  67. Jackson says:

    Love to make these! So cute and they taste pretty good too. We like to add shredded coconut and use robin eggs.

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Nests