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.
The bank holiday is just around the corner (an extra day off, yay!), along with the major chocolate feast and we can't wait. But how about we mix up tradition slightly and stick with the theme of cookie dough, you know because it's way better and still includes chocolate chips! These Easter Egg Truffles are perfect for your kids, and your mini Easter hamper, or you can keep them all to yourself. You've been warned; they're highly addictive. Truffles can be terrible when it comes to dipping them in icing, however, don't worry, they dip amazingly well and don't break apart. If you're not the best drizzler, try practising your skills on some parchment paper before you go for it, so you know that the chocolate is thin enough! I'll just get into it, shall I?
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You will need:
115g of butter
150g of packed brown sugar
260g of all purpose flour
Two teaspoons of vanilla extract
400ml of sweetened condensed milk
175g of mini chocolate chips
Pink, blue, purple and white candy melts (available at Hobbycraft, Lakeland etc.)
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Firstly, cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy and beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour, scraping down the sides when necessary.
Then set the mixer on a lower setting and add the sweetened condensed milk. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape down the bowl thoroughly. Once this is thoroughly combined, add in the chocolate chips and stir.
Form the dough you've just made into medium sized balls (about 1 inch) and then shape them into eggs. Place on parchment paper, wrap with clingfilm and place to chill overnight.
Next, melt the candy melts according to the directions on the bag. Keeping the truffles in the fridge, make sure you remove 2-3 at a time and dip them in the candy melts one at a time with a fork. Gently tap off any excess paper and pop back onto parchment paper.
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These are probably the best Easter treat we've ever created. Sorry chocolate eggs, but you're hollow and dull. Move over, Cadbury, because Gookie Dough is in town. Another idea would be mixing in peanut butter to your dough because this makes the recipe have a Reese's Cup kind of effect which is something we all love. Peanut butter is so underrated! Happy Easter Cookie Monsters!