Bird Nest Clusters

This afternoon, I did a cooking demonstration for Dashing Son’s first grade class.  I made Bird Nest Clusters, a yummy no bake snack.  I first made these when I was 10 years old. It came from some kids cookbook, and it is a recipe that I have memorized.  It calls for chunky peanut butter, but in the peanut-phobic society at schools, I had to come up with something else.  I used Biscoff spread.  If you have ever flown Delta Airlines, then you probably know what Biscoff Cookies are.  Well…. they made a peanut butter-esque spread out of those cookies.  It is dangerously tasty stuff, but it is peanut free, and it works just as good as peanut butter.  It has less fat than peanut butter, but also less protein, and more sugar (and calories).  So pick your poison on what you want to put into them.

Biscoff Cookie Spread

Biscoff Cookie Spread

Also, for this recipe, I bought enough stuff for two batches, but the class divided into three groups, so the proportions got a bit wonky.  But each batch tasted great, so feel free to adjust as you see fit.  I like mine with a bit more peanut butter and typically do a full cup of peanut butter.  Also, these things are great for every holiday (except the summer ones, they melt), just add the holiday-colored candies and POOF it becomes an Easter thing, or a Christmas thing, or a Halloween thing, etc.

Also, this is a great easy recipe for kids to try their hands at cooking.  It is a bit messy (which they love), but it is easy, and depending on your kid, a 6 year old could probably do this all with little or no parent assistance.  But supervise, because if they put the stuff in the microwave for too long, things could get messy.

Bird Nest clusters

Bird Nest clusters

Bird Nest Clusters

½ cup chunky peanut butter (I used peanut free Biscoff spread for the class)

12 oz milk chocolate chips

12 oz bag of dried chow mein noodles

M&Ms, skittles, jelly-beans, Rease’s pieces, or something like that.

Melt peanut butter in microwave for 45 seconds, stir in chocolate chips and cook another 30 seconds. Stir in half of the chow mein noodles, then add them to the bowl until there is very little chocolate goodness at the bottom and noodles are covered. Drop golf ball sized balls on waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Add some M&MS as eggs. Put them in the fridge to cool. Viola – enjoy

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