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Birds Nest Cookies, or Easter Haystacks, are a quick and easy no-bake recipe! Chow mein noodles coated in chocolate candy melts make cute nests to hold candy eggs. This Easter egg nest recipe is a great make-ahead treat you can share with family and friends.

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Lots of easter nest cookies on parchment paper topped with candy eggs

Easy Chocolate Birds Nest Cookies

These adorable bird nest cookies are a variation of classic no-bake haystack cookies all dressed up for Easter! It’s one of my favorite recipes to make for Easter and the spring season because they’re super easy and the store great so that you can make them ahead.

If you’ve never had haystacks, I am very excited for you to try this recipe! They’re sweet and crunchy no-bake cookies that are simple to make. Classic haystacks look like… haystacks! But, it’s really easy to turn them into cute chocolate Easter birds nest cookies.

This recipe for Easter nests uses chocolate candy melts and crunchy chow mein noodles to make the nests. Some candy eggs add the finishing touch.

Easter egg haystacks are fun for spring celebrations and Easter. Plus, they’re so easy you can make a big batch of this Easter nest recipe to share at your holiday meal or with family and friends for a sweet gift.

If you want an easy recipe, Easter nests are the one to make!

Overhead shot of all ingredients needed to make easter nest cookies

Ingredients in Easter Bird’s Nest Cookies

Candy melts – I recommend Ghiradelli Melts, Candiquik, or Almond bark.

Chow mein noodles – these are crunchy noodles in a can. You can find them in the Asian aisle at the grocery store.

Candy eggs – Cadbury Mini Eggs are great, but you can also use jelly beans, robins’ eggs, or M&M eggs.

4 grid collage showing how to make candy nests

How to Make Birds Nest Cookies

  1. Place the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Warm them in 30-second increments on 50% powder, stirring between each increment until smooth.
  2. Add the chow mein noodles to the melted candy melts and stir.
  3. Drop scoops of the mixture onto a prepared baking sheet. Top each nest with three to four candy eggs.
  4. Chill the Easter haystacks until they are set.
Side shot of easter nest cookies topped with egg candies

Expert Tips

For the best birds nest cookies, use good-quality candy melts. Ghiradelli is best, but Candiquick and almond bark are also good. I would avoid the kind you can get at craft stores because they don’t taste as good.

Use white chocolate, dark, or milk chocolate candy – your choice!

You can top the chocolate Easter nests with any candy eggs you like.

Use a cookie scoop to form the nests and place the eggs before the candy melts set.


Can I use white chocolate candy melts?

You can make white chocolate egg nests with white chocolate candy melts. Just follow the instructions on the package for melting them.

How to store birds nests?

Bird’s nest cookies should be stored in an airtight container. They will keep well in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Can you freeze Easter nest cookies?

You can freeze Easter bird nests, but they keep for two weeks in the fridge, so I don’t usually freeze them.

Can I use pretzels instead of chow mein noodles?

Yes, pretzels work great!

I hope you give this recipe for Easter bird nests a try this year! They’re adorable and look great on a dessert platter, or package them up for gifts. Enjoy!

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Easter Birds Nest Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Easter Birds Nest Cookies are SO easy to make with just 3 ingredients – these are fun for the kids and delicious too. Use any kind of candy eggs for the top!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 15 Cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 10 ounces candy melts see note
  • 2 cups (134 g) chow mein noodles
  • Candy eggs see note


  • Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  • Melt candy melts in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments on 50% power, stirring after each interval.
  • Once the candy is melted and smooth, stir in chow mein noodles. Scoop mounds of the chocolate noodle mixture onto the cookie sheet. Top with 3-4 candy eggs.
  • Chill to set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Recipe Notes

  • Candy Melts: You can find these in the baking aisle. I recommend, in order of taste, Ghiradelli Melts, Candiquik, or Almond Bark. You can also buy them in colors at the craft store but they don’t taste very good.
  • Flavor: Use chocolate or vanilla or a combination of both!
  • Candy eggs: We love using Mini Cadbury Eggs but you can also use jelly beans, Robins eggs, or M&M eggs.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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Easter Birds Nest Cookies are SO easy to make with just 3 ingredients – these are fun for the kids and delicious too. Use any kind of candy eggs for the top!

Dorothy Kern

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