These no bake birds nest cookies are made with chocolate, butterscotch and chow mein noodles, then finished off with candy eggs. The perfect easy Easter dessert!

This is pretty much the easiest Easter treat ever; all you need is 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make adorable and delicious cookies that everyone will go crazy over! Serve these cookies alongside peanut butter eggs for a sweet finish to your holiday meal.

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Birds nest cookies are a no bake dessert made with chocolate and chow mein noodles.

Sometimes you just need a treat that’s EASY. When I’m entertaining, I often find that simpler is better; it allows me for more time to enjoy my guests and takes the stress out of hosting a gathering. For Easter, I love to make these adorable birds nest cookies. These cookies are adorable to look at, no bake, and only have 4 ingredients. How can you go wrong with that? If you’re looking for more Easter dessert inspiration, be sure to check out my lists of 30 Easter Dessert Recipes and 22 Easter Peeps Recipes!

How to make birds nest cookies

To make birds nest cookies, you’ll need milk chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, chow mein noodles and candy eggs. That’s it! The first step is to melt your chocolate and butterscotch chips together. I feel that the combination of milk chocolate and butterscotch makes for a creamy and flavorful cookie base, but you can also use semi sweet chocolate chips if you prefer.

Milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips form the base of birds nest cookies.

I use a microwave to melt my chocolate by heating the chips in 30 second increments until they’re melted.

Melted chocolate in a bowl for birds nest cookies.

The next step is to stir in your chow mein noodles. You can find bags of chow mein noodles in the Asian area of your local grocery store. The sweet and salty flavor combination works so well here!

Chow mein noodles in a bowl of melted chocolate.

After the noodles are coated in the chocolate, it’s time to form your nests. I use a spoon to shape my nests, and I add a trio of chocolate eggs on top before the cookie hardens. I typically use Cadbury Mini Eggs because I love the flavor, but you can use another brand of candy eggs or even jelly beans!

A plate of birds nest cookies makes a festive Easter dessert.

Birds nest cookies are a totally festive way to celebrate Easter, and let me tell you, they taste as good as they look!! They’re perfect for class parties, family gatherings, or any time you need a fun treat that’s not too time consuming.

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5 from 32 votes

Birds Nest Cookies

AuthorSara Welch
Birds nest cookies are a no bake dessert made with chocolate and chow mein noodles.
These no bake birds nest cookies are made with chocolate, butterscotch and chow mein noodles, then finished off with candy eggs. The perfect easy Easter dessert!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time6 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 12


  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips I recommend using Guittard or Ghirardelli chocolate chips, do not use Nestle.
  • 12 ounces butterscotch chips
  • 12 ounces chow mein noodles
  • 36 candy eggs


  • Place the milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a large bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Stir until smooth.
  • Add the chow mein noodles to the bowl and toss until coated in the chocolate mixture.
  • Spoon 2 tablespoons of the cookie mixture onto a piece of parchment and shape into a nest; top with 3 candy eggs. Repeat the process with the remaining cookie mixture and eggs.
  • Let nests set until firm, then serve.


These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 307mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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  1. I make these with shredded wheat (the big biscuits) instead of chow me in noodles. That makes them a little healthier, and the texture is very nest-like.

  2. I tried this tonight with Nestle Semi-sweet chocolate chips. I meltedf them in the microwave and at first, they started to melt become shiny and creamy. I added 30 seconds and then as I tried to add to the chow mein noodles, the chocolate basically congealed, so I zapped th chocolate and noodles for a little bit longer. The chocolate never melted, it was like mud, and then it became like powder. I wanted this to be easy and fun, so I tried again with an actual double boiler. The chocolate chips never did melt and turn liquid. It remained in a muddy, clay like form. The more I tried to melt it the more powdery it became. What did I do wrong? This should’ve been the simplest thing ever, and instead it’s been a very frustrating experience. I finally threw both batches out. Please help me understand what went wrong!

    1. Nestle changed their chocolate chip formula and they no longer melt well. I’ve had numerous readers report to me having difficulties over any recipe that uses melted chocolate when they’ve used Nestle. I also did my own testing with 5 brands of chocolate chips and had the same experience. I thought I had updated all my chocolate based recipes to indicate that Nestle should not be used, but it looks like this one got missed. So sorry this happened to you! I’d recommend using Guittard or Ghirardelli chips.

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you so much for your reply! For a little while, I thought I was crazy! My mother, who is a longtime wonderful cook, speculated that they had done something differently, and you confirmed for us that she was right! Thank you so much for your great explanation. I will try the other mirselsctgat you recommended. I’m not sure what Nestlé was thinking, but it’s probably not their best move? I may contact them as well. Thanks again! I loved your blog and pictures! 😊

  3. This is so cuteeeee! I am sure our little cousins will love this and enjoy seeing a bird nest that is edible. Lols! Definitely a great idea. Thanks for this! I will try making it for them.

  4. 5 stars
    These cookie nests look really cute. They also look quite easy to make. Great for Easter just around the corner.

  5. This are super cute. I think I’ll try making these with our granddaughters when they come over for a visit. They will love them.

  6. My mother in law makes these at Christmas. I love the idea of adding the eggs for a fun Easter cookie.

  7. 5 stars
    This is always a fun one to make. I tried it for the first time a few years back and it was delicious.

  8. These birds nest cookies look absolutely amazing. I would really like to try this recipe. I bet my kids would LOVE these!

  9. 5 stars
    These are adorable and so cute too! I know my kids would have fun helping me make them. They would be great to take for an Easter Party or even for a party that is spring themed.

  10. I don’t think I’ve ever made these before but it is definitely something we would all look. I love honestly how creative it is. I think I might try this for Easter this year.

  11. 5 stars
    This is such an adorable Spring recipe. My kids love to bake and cook with me, and I would love to try out this recipe with them. They would especially love decorating the eggs!

  12. 5 stars
    Cute idea. We call these haystack snacks but I love the name Bird’s Nest Cookies. How appropos for the Easter holiday. They really area easy to make and everyone loves them.

  13. 5 stars
    My mom use to make these when I was a kid. They were always so good. She put jelly beans in the middle.

  14. 5 stars
    I just love these! How cute. My daughter will for sure what to make them for Easter. We enjoy the Cadbury Mini Eggs too!

  15. The birds nest cookies really stands out and looks so cute. It also would be such a sweet treat for everybody.

  16. When making Easter treats these are always on the list. Everyone loves them and thinks they are adorable, right before taking a bite. The grandkids love to help and fill in the nest.

  17. 5 stars
    I make these for Easter every year and the kids love them. They are so cute and delicious. I’m looking forward to making them again this year and will be using your recipe.