Happy Easter! These simple to make cookies provide a tasty edible nest for small Easter egg candies.
NO BAKE EASTER EGG NEST COOKIES
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 cups sugar
5 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
small Easter Egg candies
Mix oatmeal, coconut, and almond pieces in a large bowl.
Place sugar, cocoa, butter, almond butter, and milk in a large saucepan.
Cook, stirring frequently, until chocolate mixture comes to a full roiling boil.
Boil for 1-2 minutes.
Remove pan from heat and add vanilla. Stir in oatmeal mixture.
Scoop cookies out by spoonfuls onto wax paper. For regular non-holiday candy cookies they are finished at this point.
Use a small spoon to make a depression in the center of each cookie and press in several small Easter Egg candies. Press the eggs into the cookie a bit so they will stick when it hardens. I used mini robin eggs and peanut m&m’s in Easter colors, but any small Easter Egg candy would work. Allow the cookies some time to harden before eating if you want them to stay together and not be sticky. Resistance is often futile though and some cookies usually get eaten right away.
Different options for these cookies include using regular cocoa instead of dark, or half regular and half dark. Peanut butter and peanuts can be exchanged for the almond butter and almonds, or for a nut-free choice use 1 cup of butter and no nut butters or nuts at all. Coconut may also be omitted.
Game Day Treats
For a game day treat option, omit the vanilla and stir in 3 Tablespoons amaretto after removing chocolate from heat and before adding oatmeal and coconut. Decorate in team colors. Almond m&m’s are the closest to football shaped.