Gookie Dough Easter Nests
Switching things up this hump day with a unique recipe. You've heard of the classic shredded wheat or cornflake cakes which resemble Easter nests, but we've gone up in the world. In this delight, we use chow mein noodles as the nests which are coated in chocolate and peanut butter goodness. Sounds crazy right? But don't knock it until you try it! And as for the eggs? We use Gookie Dough which is shaped into little eggs and is covered in candy melts. Super cute, let's get right into it.
You will need:
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One miniature tub of Gookie Dough in your choice of flavour
Pastel candy melts
170g of semi-sweet chocolate chips
170g of butterscotch chips
266g of creamy peanut butter
170g of chow mein noodles
Firstly, take your Gookie Dough and roll them into small balls (about half an inch wide), pop them on some parchment paper and put back into the fridge to set.
For the nests, you need to grease a 12 muffin tin and in a large bowl, microwave the chocolate and butterscotch chips. Ensure you do this in 30 seconds intervals, stirring in between. Once this is thoroughly combined, stir in the peanut butter until smooth and creamy.
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Now, carefully add the chow mein noodles, use a rubber spatula for this because you want to avoid breakage as much as possible. Coat them thoroughly with the chocolate mixture. Using a large spoon or your fingers, press some of the mixture into each of the muffin spaces, making sure you create a well in the middle for your Gookie Dough to sit in. Chill the nests for at least an hour.
Melt your candy melts and follow the instructions on the packaging. You need to dip your Gookie Dough balls out of the fridge and coat them, do this using a fork and pop them back onto parchment paper to set. It's important to take about five of them out of the fridge at a time, so they don't become too soft. Tap the fork on the side of the bowl to remove any excess. Once dipped, pop into the fridge to set completely and wait for about an hour.
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Lastly, take your Gookie Dough eggs and nests out of the fridge and pop 2-3 eggs in each nest. Adorable!
So what do you think? Looks adorable, now all we need is a chocolate tree! It would also be great to decorate the eggs with royal icing or edible pens which is perfect fun for the kids during the holidays. The crunch of the noodles and the creaminess of the peanut butter goes perfectly. Maybe just try it out of curiosity and you'll also have an excuse to buy more Gookie Dough! Recipe credit goes to Erica Sweet Tooth.