Thursday, March 28, 2013

Celebrate Spring with Bird's Nest Cookies

To celebrate the start of Spring Break, my girls and I made these Bird's Nest Cookies:

All you need is:

12 oz. package chow mein noodles
12 oz. package butterscotch morsels plus about 1/4 cup more
a bag of egg-shaped candies like Cadbury Mini Eggs or mini Robin Malt eggs
wax paper

This makes about 2 dozen cookies.

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or do what we did and just lay some wax paper out on the counter.

2. Pour the butterscotch chips in a big microwave-safe bowl and place them in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds; then remove to stir. Return to the microwave and heat again for 30 seconds. Stir. Keep heating in 30 second increments and stirring until the chips are completely melted. I think it took us about 6 times.

3. Then add the chow mein noodles to the melted butterscotch chips and mix till combined.

4. Use a spoon to put a glob of the chow mein mixture onto the wax paper. And shape glob into a nest. We would just start pulling the mixture out from the center to make a little dent in the middle. The girls were much better at this than me. Mine looked more like haystacks; the girls were patient and actually made nests. If the mixture starts to solidify in the mixing bowl, you can reheat for 15 to 30 seconds to melt.

5. After making all the nests, melt about 1/4 cup of butterscotch chips in a small bowl. Dip the bottom of the candy eggs in the melted butterscotch chips and place them in the center of each cookie. This helps the candy eggs stay put. Below you can see how the melted chips act like glue.

Brooke made the below cookie just for me. This nest holds 5 eggs, not the normal 3. 5 eggs to represent Anna, David, Brooke, Daniel, and J. That made me smile.

6. Allow the cookies to set for about 10 minutes before serving or transferring.

And if you want to tie this fun treat into a teachable God moment, (I am always, always looking for those) you could tell your kids that to celebrate the start of a new season we are going to make some cookies. Ask the kids what season it is? Ask them what are some things that happen when spring comes? 

And then tell them: Yes, when spring comes, baby animals are born, and flowers begin to bloom. Spring is a season of new life. And because spring is a season of new life, it can remind us of the new life Jesus gives us (great Easter tie in). And then of course continue the conversation about Jesus as you make the cookies.

As the cookies are setting up, you could take a walk around your neighborhood and look for signs of new life that are starting to appear.

Happy Spring Break! Happy Easter! May they both be intentional. If you are looking for some ideas to make your Easter special, you may want to scroll thru my Easter posts here or check out my Easter Pinterest board.

I will be off line until Rob and the kids go back to school. I'll be back to blogging Monday, April 8. But if something pops up that I just gotta tell you, I will post on Facebook.


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