Butterscotch + Peanut Butter Bird’s Nest Cookies

Butterscotch + Peanut Butter Bird's Nest Cookies @themerrythought
These cookies are one of our family favorites. We’ve been making them for years and they usually make an appearance at most of our parties and get togethers. Usually I refer to them as “haystack cookies” (and they work great for a farm party menu – it’s worth a link up to my super old blog post just for the photo booth pictures in that post – amazing – haa!), but at Easter they conveniently become bird’s nest cookies. (I also like to take them for a dessert to the Chinese food party my aunt has every year (um, yes, we do have a party centered around Chinese food…) and think I’m pretty clever for my really authentic dessert 😉 ).
Butterscotch + Peanut Butter Bird's Nest Cookies @themerrythought
I’ve always assumed these were a childhood staple for everyone and that this recipe was too well known to need a blog post (kind of like Rice Krispies Treats). But every time I take them somewhere, people gush over them and ask what’s in them…so I guess maybe we do need to get the recipe out there (I know, it’s out there, but for the sake of the one person that still hasn’t tried them, we’re sharing it.  Plus Caitlin wants all her favorite recipes easily accessible on the blog, right Cait? 😉 ). I decided to hold off till Easter to share these because they make such a fun Easter dessert.  And really, any way we can consume more Cadbury Mini Eggs just needs to be done…
Butterscotch + Peanut Butter Bird's Nest Cookies @themerrythought
Butterscotch + Peanut Butter Bird’s Nest Cookies
(Makes approximately two dozen cookies – amount will vary depending on the size you make them)

11 oz. butterscotch chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
12 oz. chow mein noodles
Cadbury Mini Eggs – optional for the cookies…a must-have for Easter

In a large sauce pan over low heat, stir the butterscotch chips until melted (I like to add a tiny bit of the peanut butter to the chips while melting – the oil from the PB seems to help keep the texture smooth). Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter until smooth. Add chow mein noodles and stir until the noodles are thoroughly coated. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper, shaping into nests if desired. Let cool until set. Top nests with mini eggs.
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Butterscotch + Peanut Butter Bird's Nest Cookies @themerrythought

I’m off to devour more mini eggs…what’s your favorite Easter candy??


  • TamsinWednesday, April 2, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    I adore these! So cute, and just perfect for Easter. Only thing is – where do you buy your butterscotch chips? I’m from the UK and have never seen them on sale, so wondering if there’s another way of making these (aside from smashing up Daim bars!)ReplyCancel

    • MandaThursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:45 pm

      They sell butterscotch chips at most stores here in the US. I’m not sure how you could make them… Amazon does carry them. This recipe could also be made using chocolate chips or white chocolate chips…obviously a totally different flavor, but still good!ReplyCancel

  • lnbaerFriday, April 11, 2014 - 5:29 pm

    This is so sweet and I love how cute these are! Thank you for posting!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie KuykendallSunday, April 13, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    What would be the measurement in cups instead of ounces for the chow mein noodles? Thanks! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, April 14, 2014 - 7:26 pm

      Hi Debbie – it’d be about 8 cups of chow mein noodles.ReplyCancel

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