I have always preferred to make my own Easter treats. When my children were young I molded my own chocolate bunnies, chicks, eggs and anything else I could think of. And of course, we loved dyeing our own eggs.
Alas, the children grew and my molds eventually wore out and have not been replaced. A handicap you say? Not at all, just a little more mental exercise and some fun in the kitchen. Here is what I came up with for treats this Easter. I am not giving exact quantities as it very much depends on how many nests you want to make.
- Chocolate to melt (If using large bars of semi sweet or milk chocolate you will need about 3, if using Chocolate Bark about 3/4 of a bar, or probably a whole bag of chocolate chips)
- Thin “Stick” pretzels
- Organic, unsweetened coconut, grated
- 1 bag of “Robin’s Eggs”
- Optional: Almond extract (I used about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp but add to your taste)
- Melt The chocolate over warm water. Remove from the water when all melted.
- Add the pretzels, breaking them up a little as you add them, and mix well.
- Add a good handful of coconut and toss to mix.
- On a pan lined with parchment paper, form little nests about 4″ across building up the sides a little to hold the eggs. (NOTE: don’t form the nests directly on a plate. They will stick and you won’t be able to remove them!)
- Put a little coconut in each nest to resemble bits of fluff.
- Place eggs in the nests (this way they will stick to the chocolate and not roll out of the nests) and refrigerate until the chocolate hardens.
As my big nests are for the grandchildren, I also made mini nests for the adults, or whomever gets to them first!
- Melt the chocolate as above
- Add almond extract to taste
- Add 2 tsps Almond Butter (or peanut butter if you like) and mix until melted
- Add a good amount of coconut and mix well
- Drop mounded teaspoons of coconut/chocolate mix onto parchment paper and place 1 robins egg in the center. (Some people prefer coconut without the pretzels)
- When half way through the mixture, add some broken pretzels to the chocolate mix and drop teaspoons onto the paper and add an egg to each.
- Refrigerate until the chocolate has set. (NOTE: you can replace the “eggs” with sugared almonds if you like.)
Now honestly, could this be any easier? From beginning to end these big and mini nests took me less than an hour to make – and it was fun! These can be made in advance or at the last minute. They keep well in a closed container in the fridge until needed.
To serve, just arrange on some colorful “straw.” I guarantee these won’t last long! Have a wonderful Easter Weekend!