Chick in a Nest: Tasty Homemade Easter Treats

These DIY marshmallow chicks in sweet, crunchy nests make for some seriously impressive homemade Easter treats.


These homemade marshmallow chicks in sweet, crunchy nests make for some seriously impressive Easter goodies. Pair them with our oh-so-easy Creamy Easter Eggs for a delicious treat that’s sure to be a big hit with kids of all ages.

Pressed for time? Keep things nice and simple by topping your nests with a few candy-coated chocolate eggs or jelly beans.

Makes about 12

How-To: Chicks

1. Place 5 tablespoons cold water in a large bowl. Sprinkle 2 ¼ teaspoons gelatin over water to soften; set aside.

2. In a medium pot over medium heat, combine ¼ cup water and 1 cup sugar and stir until sugar has melted. Increase heat to high; insert a candy thermometer at side of pot. (Do not allow it to touch the bottom.) Without stirring, heat until thermometer reads 238°F (soft ball stage), about 6–10 minutes. (If crystals begin to form on sides of pot, dip a pastry brush in water and brush down the sides of the pot.) When sugar syrup reaches 238°F, carefully pour into bowl with gelatin.

3. Using an electric hand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat mixture until glossy and soft peaks hold their shape, about 8 minutes. Fill a large piping bag, fitted with a round ¼-inch tip, with mixture. Working quickly, hold the piping bag at a 90-degree angle and squeeze out marshmallow mixture to form a chick body, making it thicker at one end and pinching at the other. Pipe additional mixture onto the thick end, pulling up to form a head and beak. Repeat with remaining mixture.

4. Working quickly, spread 3 cups yellow sanding sugar on a rimmed sheet pan. Sprinkle sugar on chicks, coating completely.

5. Combine 1 teaspoon cocoa and ¼ teaspoon water and stir to form a paste. Dip a toothpick in cocoa paste and dab on sides of chick head to make eyes.

How-To: Nests

1. In a double boiler, melt 1 bag (300 g) butterscotch chips (scant 2 cups).

2. Place 3 cups chow mein noodles in a large bowl. (We like Farkay brand because they’re extra-thin.) Pour melted chips over noodles and stir to coat.

3. Using your hands, scoop up about ¼ cup of noodles and press into a greased muffin-tin well, forming an indent in the middle and pressing up at the sides to make it nest-shaped. Repeat with remaining noodles. Let nests harden before removing from muffin tin.

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