When I was in Middle School, umpteen years ago, all the girls were required to enroll in Home Economics while the boys were in Shop. Home Economics taught us how to clean house, make beds, sew, and, my favorite, how to cook. The boys basically learned how to use tools and would make bookends, bird houses, and model airplanes. Bless our parents who had to grin and compliment our achievements even if we burned the pudding or the bookends collapsed after trying to hold up a few books. These classes were so much fun and we really did learn the necessary basics of homemaking and carpentry.
One of the many cooking recipes taught in class was called “Haystacks”. This was to teach us how to use a double-boiler and to melt chocolate. Today, I bet this recipe would be referred to as “retro”. Just a few ingredients are needed and now with microwave ovens available we can make this quicker and easier.
I have improvised a little on the original middle school recipe and I call it Chocolate Bird’s Nest Treat and I like making it as an Easter treat for the Easter Basket or as a simple after Easter dinner sweet. It is made with chow mein noodles and you will be surprised at how delicious these noodles are once covered with melted chocolate and peanut butter. So simple to make, great for an Easter treat or anytime and all ages can make this recipe. Wishing you all a very Happy Easter and may all your baskets be bountiful this year!
Serves: approximately 12 cookies depending on the size you make them
- 1 cup chocolate chips ( 6 oz. pkg.)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups chow mein noodles
- Jelly beans
- Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper.
- Place chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave – safe container. Cover with waxed paper. Heat on 50% power for 1 minute.
- Stir thoroughly and heat an additional 1 minute on 50% power.
- Stir in chow mein noodles until fully coated.
- Spoon by tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheet, press down with spoon to form a nest shape.
- Place two or three jelly beans on each nest.
- Refrigerate until firm. Approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Optional topping: Salted peanuts can be used in place of jelly beans.