No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Nest Cookies

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Nest Cookies-these easy no-bake cookies are perfect for spring and Easter! They look just like bird nests! 

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Nest Cookies

Every year, I make coconut macaroon nests for Easter. I make Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests and Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nests. I can never pick a favorite, so I just make them both. Well, this year I am making a new nest cookie because Caleb informed me that he doesn’t like coconut anymore, even though he just devoured a stack of Toasted Coconut Pancakes. Kids:)

I am kind of glad Caleb is hating on coconut right now because it forced me to make No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Nest Cookies. I love my coconut nests, but I am crushing on these chocolate peanut butter nests BIG TIME!

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Nest Cookies Recipe

No-bake cookies have always been one of my favorite cookies. They come together in minutes and the chocolate peanut butter combo is pretty much the best thing ever.

I used my favorite no-bake cookie recipe, but instead of doing the plain old cookie drops, I made nests! I use pretzels in my no-bake cookies, which made the nests even better because they looked like little sticks.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Nest Cookies

The nests were easy to form and it was actually kind of fun…therapeutic even. I think the chocolate peanut butter aroma was very soothing, my kind of stress management:)

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Nest Cookie Recipe

I added little chocolate pastel eggs to the nests when they were dried and showed them to Caleb. He LOVED the nests. He said they were perfect because they are the same color as real birdie’s nests…and they didn’t have any coconut. Ha!

And how did they taste? Amazing…did you even need to ask? Chocolate peanut butter no-bakes with chocolate candy eggs? Yassssss!

These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Nests are perfect for spring and Easter. They would be a super cute addition to your Easter brunch or dessert table…or you could put a nest at each place setting on your dinner table. How Martha Stewart is that? So fun! Enjoy!

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Nest Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Nest Cookies

These easy nest cookies are the perfect treat for spring. They are fun to make and eat!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
Servings
18 nests

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups quick-oats or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chopped pretzels
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups  chocolate Easter egg candies
  • Note-you can make these gluten-free by using gluten-free oats and pretzels!

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add milk, sugar, and cocoa and stir to combine while bringing to a boil. Boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Add in peanut butter and vanilla, and stir until smooth. Stir in oats, chopped pretzels, and salt.
  2. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and form into bird nest shapes. Press down the center with your thumb so there will be a place for the candies. Let the nests cool completely. Place egg candies in the center of the nests. Serve.
  3. Note-you can store the nests on in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 4 days. Add the egg candies when you are ready to serve.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. My daughter lost her tooth the other night and got Easter egg candies as a part of her treat from the Tooth Fairy. I know, the Tooth Fairy giving away candy… but she lost it unexpectedly and the tooth fairy wasn’t prepared! But we were looking for something fun to do with her eggs and I think we are going to have to make these this weekend. It’s perfect because she can do so much of the recipe on her own. Can’t wait!

  2. Those candy eggs get me every time also!!! Darn I hate this of year!!! So tempted with all the wonderful goodies!! LOL!! cookies are so cute and wonderful idea! Thank you for always sharing all the goodies!!

  3. I tried this recipe! So cute. However, my nests were very runny. They did not firm up(like in your picture). Can you help me? Where did I go wrong?
    Thanks!

    1. Definitely need to cook these for at least 3 minutes. 1-2 minutes is not enough time for the sugar to boil and you’ll end up with a gooey mess =|

  4. I cooked mine for 2 minutes; however, they were very dry and wouldn’t even drop. They were a big crumbly mess. Did I not stir the oats and pretzels soon enough? I couldn’t even form a nest. In stead it looks like a pile of dirt on the wax paper.

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