Easter Chocolate Chow Mein Nests
Hey, guess what! It's Easter!
Well, almost. This Sunday is Easter, which is super exciting. Easter is another one of those holidays where chocolate somehow became a huge part of the day's celebrations....chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate Cadbury eggs and mini eggs, chocolate eggs stuffed with marshmallow fluff, etc. Have you ever noticed how many holidays have chocolate involved in them somehow? I kinda think it tells you something about how important chocolate is to the survival of the human race....just sayin'.
Anyways, Easter. When I was little, the Easter Bunny would hide brightly-colored, candy-filled eggs all over our house, and me and my brother would come down the stairs and battle each other to see who could find more eggs faster. Well, I would battle. When he was little, my brother would find one egg and sit and gush over it forever, showing it to anyone and everyone and examining all its contents in great detail. Meanwhile, I would race from one end of the room to the other, tearing through furniture cushions, knocking over tables, basically going full Hulk on the house in my wild search for eggs. Clearly I was a real treat in my youth.
We also got chocolate Easter bunnies in our Easter baskets, along with a few little trinkets like a movie or a deck of cards or a book. One year, I came to my basket only to find that my chocolate Easter bunny had vanished. After searching the house, we found a tiny piece of foil over on the floor behind a chair, all dressed up with a little bit of slobber. Our dog Boone had eaten that entire chocolate bunny: foil, ribbon, and all. We prepared ourselves for a rough Easter clean-up situation (that's a ton of chocolate, people), but thankfully the Easter bunny did not make a second, less chocolate-y, appearance.
What did you all do for Easter when you were little? Do you have traditions that you still carry on? There's something so beautiful about traditions. I love how dependable they are, and how nostalgic. I love having each year, which is so separate and different and complex on its own, strung together by different holidays and their consistent traditions. And Easter is a special one, because it always seems to fall during one of the busiest times of the year and provide a much-needed moment to just breathe and feel graditude and reflect on all of life's blessings--whether those blessings be religious, familial, or simply food-based.
Since it's Easter time, of course we gotta get an Easter recipe going on here on The Sagas. So how does Easter Chocolate Chow Mein Nests sound to you all?
I don't think that there is anything that screams/shouts/bellows/extols/proclaims "It's Easter!" more than these little chocolate nests with pastel-colored eggs in them, and coconut sprinkled on top. I mean, c'mon, let's be honest. This is the stuff that dreams are made of!
I made this recipe by adapting my mom's chocolate chow mein cookie recipe, which will undoubtedly make its way to The Sagas in all its original glory at some point as well. Chocolate chow mein cookies are one of the dozens of batches of Christmas cookies that she makes during the holiday season, but I'm giving them a springtime twist here with all the coconut and, of course, the brightly-colored chocolate egg candies.
These cookies are seriously SO easy to make. They take barely any time (a perfect last-minute Easter treat), require barely any clean up thanks to the use of parchment paper, and have no complicated steps. The one warning I have is to make sure that when you're heating the chocolate, heat it on medium-low or low. If you're impatient (like I tend to be approximately 200% of the time), don't you dare turn that heat up, because then your chocolate will burn and be chunky and gross, and you will be sad and chow mein cookie-less. Take some deep breaths, play some epic music to distract you from the horror that is just waiting around, and keep on stirring on low heat. You'll be rewarded with perfectly silky, luxurious melted chocolate.
Here's a fun bonus: if you choose to form the nests with your hands (which I highly recommend), this recipe serves as a fun spa opportunity. The coconut oil in the melted chocolate will hydrate your hands as you work, so when you're done and you wash your hands, you'll have silky smooth, coconutty skin as well as delicious chocolate cookies. I repeat, with more emphasis this time: THIS IS THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF!
And so I urge you: wait no longer. Get thee to the kitchen, get stirring, get coconutty. Pamper your hands and indulge your stomach with these Easter Chocolate Chow Mein Nests.
Happy Easter, everyone!
PS: As always, if you make these, I want to see! Comment here, email me, or tag me on Instagram at @thebasilandcinnamonsagas + #thebasilandcinnamonsagas.
Easter Chocolate Chow Mein Nests
Makes: About 16 cookies
Takes: 35 minutes (15 min. prep, 20 min. chill)
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 package butterscotch chips
- 5oz. chow mein noodles
- 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- 1 package Cadbury Mini Eggs
- Put coconut oil, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips into a medium saucepan. Place on burner and heat over medium-low until completely melted, about 8 minutes. Stir constantly while melting.
- Once melted, remove from heat and gently stir in chow mein noodles, coating them completely in the melted chocolate mixture and trying not to break them.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using your hands or a spoon, form nests out of the chocolate-coated chow mein on the lined baking sheet. Note: Depending on how large you make your nests, you will have more or less cookies. Large nests make about 16 cookies, while smaller nests can make much more. Also, there will be a little leftover melted chocolate; you will use this later!
- Sprinkle a pinch of sweetened coconut flakes on top of each nest.
- Using the back of a spoon or your finger, make a small indentation in the center of the nests for the eggs.
- Dip the bottom of each Cadbury mini egg in the remaining melted chocolate, using the chocolate to affix the egg to the center of the nest.
- Once all the nests have eggs in them, place the baking sheet in the fridge and let chill until hardened, about 20 minutes.
- Store in freezer. Remove a few minutes prior to serving to allow to thaw.