Spring is in the air and these adorable no-bake peanut butter nest cookies are simply delightful to celebrate the Easter season.
This recipe utilizes my famous peanut butter no-bake cookies recipe that everyone always raves over, with some yummy milk chocolate mini eggs nestled in each nest.
Easter Bird’s Nest Cookies Recipe
These no-bake cookies are incredibly flavorful and creamy if you follow the instructions exactly.
You’ll need to be patient and wait while these nest cookies set-up, but the result is a wonderful cookie that isn’t dry or chalky like some no-bakes can be.
If you prefer, you could also make these no-bake nest cookies using my chocolate no-bake cookies recipe.
Either way will be delicious, but I love the golden nest-like color that these peanut butter no-bake cookies give you.
These Easter nest cookies are in a word—adorable.
They are a wonderfully easy dessert to make ahead for your kids’ school parties. Just be sure to give yourself some time, as they do take some time to get set-up and get nice and firm.
I’m loving Milk Chocolate Mini Cadbury Eggs for these Easter nest cookies.
The candy shells come in these lovely pastel colors and have a realistic speckles on them. They look just like real eggs and even the ones with a crack in the shell look sweet on these cookies.
That said, if you can’t find the Cadbury Mini Eggs you could also use Easter M&M’s.
Sometimes I feel like themed, holiday recipes are all cute with no flavor. The thing I really like about these peanut butter no-bake nest cookies is that while they’re beautiful, they are also absolutely delicious.
There’s really no point in make a cute dessert that doesn’t deliver on flavor! These Easter nest cookies are sweet, creamy and incredibly delicious. Just ask my husband and kids. :)
Grab the recipe below and be sure to pin these Easter bird’s nest cookies to your favorite food and holiday boards on Pinterest.
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups quick oats
- 2 8-oz. or 10-oz. (whatever you can find) bags of Mini Cadbury Eggs
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, butter, and milk. Bring to a rapid boil and boil for 2 minutes and 30 seconds (SET A TIMER!), stirring continuously.* Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and the peanut butter. Stir in the oats until well blended then immediately drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper.
- Working quickly, press two or three Milk Chocolate Cadbury Mini Eggs into the center of each no-bake cookie and allow them to continue cooking to set before eating.
If you boil these cookies for exactly 2 minutes and 30 seconds (set a timer or watch the clock carefully), they should turn out wonderfully, however, please note that this type of no-bake cookie is not an exact science and there are many atmospheric factors that could vary your results. For instance, the last time I made these cookies it was a humid, rainy day and they took much longer to set. I've made these cookies MANY TIMES, and there are those fluke days when they turn out too dry or too moist, but generally, I have excellent results.