Spring arrived here in Southern California a month ago- right about the time the pollen began coating my car top in a thick yellow-green haze, and the temperatures broke 90F. With it being Easter weekend, the kids are all out on break, and the roads and stores are quite abuzz with the excitement of reconnecting and relaxing. Everywhere I go I am asked, "Big plans for this weekend?" Living on the beach, and in such a pristine climate, it's expected Southern Californians celebrate big. However, this year my father's visiting his family on the East Coast, and my nieces and nephews are up in Oregon. With Jay working (most likely a 12 hour shift) this is going to be one relaxing holiday.
Big Easter plans, or not, one of my favorite things about Spring is the chance to play with colorful ingredients and playful recipes. When I first made OREO truffles, a few years back for the holidays, I knew the recipe was simple and versatile enough to be applied to more creative seasonal creations. I've seen baseballs, pumpkins, shortcake stuffed, birthday cake, Easter bunny OREO Truffles, and more! But what I really wanted to try was a new twist on the classic (Chow Mein) Peanut Butter Nests. So I present to you- OREO Robin's Egg Nests!
OREO Robin's Egg Nests
****Click here for the printable OREO Robin's Egg Nests recipe
8oz Softened Cream Cheese
1 Package of OREO Cookies (I used mint for the theme)
1 Bag (8oz) Wilton Chocolate Melts, White
1 Bag (8oz) Wilton Chocolate Melts, Blue
1 TBS Coconut Oil
12oz White Chocolate Chips
1/4 C Peanut Butter (Creamy or Stone Ground)
2 Cans (10oz) Chow Mein Noodles
1 TBS Coconut Oil
1/2 C Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 TBS Coconut Oil
Toothbrush + Paper Towel for Speckling
3. Add Chow Mein noodles to chocolate mixture and toss until evenly coated. Drop in generous clumps (about 2 TBS) onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Create a little nook in the center of each clump to serve as the center of your nest. Place the tray into the refrigerator for 15 minutes, or freezer for 5 to help set.
What Daughter Says: Easter Sunday signals the confirmed arrival of Spring!