Sunday, April 24, 2011

Springy Chocolate Birds' Nests with Willow Bird Baking

Woohoo!!! I'm in Texas! 

The move went fairly well...unless you consider the whole not being able to find the U-Haul until the last minute and finding out The Hubble's car had to go into the shop for a $400 part 2 days before we were supposed to leave "well." But hey...we all made it in one piece and nothing seems to be broken (so far). 

While I'm busy unpacking the towers of boxes surrounding us, my dearest Julie was kind enough to share one of her creative recipes with us. Julie is beyond amazing and has inspired me so much! From homemade croissants to 7 pound cheesecakes, this lady makes me strive for greatness! So after you check out this adorable cupcake topper, make sure you run over to Julie's blog and check her out (as if you don't hang on her every word already).

Thanks again Julie!!! And if you asked The Hubble, he would tell you to take a bunch of my shoes...but I'm reluctant to part with them...seeing as how they are super cute. ;-)

This is Julie from Willow Bird Baking, stepping into Maranda's glamorous shoes for a moment to bring you a guest post. And what an honor to be asked to step into these shoes! (No, seriously, they're really cute shoes. Maranda, can I have these?)

Anyway, she's just moved from the wintery middle-of-nowhere to a land of perpetual summer, so I thought I'd bring a little bit of spring to Jolts & Jollies.

These birds' nests are a fun, sweet way to do it. They're the easiest no-bake cookies this side o' the Lone Star state (and probably on the other side, too), but are adorable when they're finished. Making birds' nests is also a great project for little hands to help with once the chocolate has cooled a bit.

You can eat these as cookies, but as you can see, I used mine as cupcake toppers for some springy cupcakes. They would also be adorable on top of a big cake.

To make about 7 of these sweet nests, you'll need:

3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chow mein noodles
candy eggs (I love the malted chocolate ones!)
parchment paper or a silicone mat

Once you have your materials, melt your chocolate chips according to directions on the package, stirring as you go. Add the chow mein noodles to the chocolate and gently stir to coat. Make little 1/4 cup-ish piles of noodles on your parchment paper or silicone mat.

Let the chocolate cool for just a few minutes before molding it (while still warm and pliable) into a nest-like shape. Allow to harden fully (I stuck mine in the fridge for a few minutes) and decorate with candy eggs. Eat as cookies, or use these to top cupcakes!
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