Birds’ Nests

Two years ago, Caitlin and I designed the Grim Peeper, our submission for the Washington Post’s annual Peep Contest.  Unfortunately, we haven’t had the time to collaborate on any recent peep project.

And yet, I still had a bag or two of those yellow marshmallows sitting around the kitchen, chirping to be used.  Around Easter, I noticed a few food blogs featuring bird’s nests, combining chow mein noodles with some of the ubiquitous bagged candy.

Though I liked the concept, the idea of chow mein noodles and chocolate did not sound appealing.  Pretzel sticks and chocolate, however, sounded like a winner.  And with that in mind, I set out to mold my own pretzel nests, complete with chocolate eggs and sitting birds.

*Before handling the melted marshmallows, be sure to allow the mixture to cool a little.  Otherwise, you’re likely to get burned.  It’s also helpful to grease your fingers with vegetable oil.  Finally, mold the pretzels into a basic form at first.  After a few minutes, the treats will have settled, and will be easier to mold into a more precise and detailed shape.

birds’ nests

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
YIELD: 10 Big Nests or 20 Small Nests

3/4 of a 1-pound bag of thin pretzel sticks
1 10-ounce bag of large marshmallows
4 tablespoons butter
Shredded coconut
Whoppers Robin Eggs (I like the miniature eggs)
1 bag of Peeps


1.  Grease a muffin tin.  I used a large muffin tin (with six tins), but a mini-muffin tin would probably work even better.

2.  In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Once the butter is completely melted, add the marshmallows.  Stir the combination until the marshmallows are completely melted, and have mixed with the butter.

3.  Working in batches, break a handful of pretzel sticks in half, and then add the pretzels to the sauce pan.  Keep adding the pretzel sticks until you have added about three-fourths of the bag, and the pretzel sticks are well-coated with the melted marshmallows.  Once you have finished adding the pretzels, remove the pan from the heat, and allow the mixture to cool briefly.

4.  Coat your hands with vegetable oil.  Working quickly, remove the pretzels, and press them into the muffin tins.  Once you have molded the pretzels into the shape of a nest, you can remove them from the tins, and allow them to cool.

5.  Once cool, add the shredded coconut, the robin eggs, and a peep.  Serve!


10 responses to “Birds’ Nests

  1. Laura MacDougall

    They are beautiful! Great art!

  2. these are sooooooooooo adorable!

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  4. Made them for an Owl theme Baby Shower. Turned out great. Worth the effort.

  5. Great! So glad you liked them!

  6. Bama Proctor

    I may use grated chocolate instead of coconut-for those who do not like coconut-but using pretzels sounds delicious

  7. Allen Kowalsky

    This is a great Idea I guess you can eats this will you let me know.

  8. Yes. Everything is totally edible.

  9. Can you make these the day before & they will still be good?

  10. Yes, you can definitely make them ahead. Sorry for the delayed response!

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