Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Making Nests for Spring

 For the first day of Spring Aaron made us a Happy Spring sign, and I after some laying in bed and thinking (I have a bad habit of doing that in the mornings when I don't feel like getting out from under the warm covers) came up with the idea of these nests for a fun springtime dessert.
Bird's nest cookies. The leaves behind are some that sprouted from branches Mara brought in and put in water about a month ago. They are fun to have to make things look Springy inside as it is snowing outside.
 My sister Keren had given the kids the Candy Eggs (they were Reeses eggs)  and I had thought it would be fun to make some sort of "nest" for them. I then realized that our boiled (no bake) cookie recipe would work quite well. This recipe has long been a favorite of ours, it is quick and easy to make and I keep the supplies stocked in my kitchen. I think this is a fairly common recipe so probably many of you already have and use it but just in case you don't, here it is:

Boiled Cookies (That is what my Mom always called them but most people call them no bake cookies)

Combine in saucepan and cooke over med. high heat:
  • 1 cup sugar (I often use a bit less)
  • 3 T. Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
Bring to a boil and boil for two minutes, stirring often.
Remove from heat and add:
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1/ cup coconut
Mix well and drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Makes about 4 dozen.
The kids loved the cookies!
 Have you been doing any Springtime projects?


Brandi said...

Thank you for your blog. It is really refreshing and inspirational. This cookie recipe will be perfect. I can't wait to make it. My son has to be gluten-free so that is a huge plus. Thank you!

Mary Ann said...

Yum! We love those cookies. My mom always called them Top-Of-The-Stove Cookies. :-)

Never thought of making birds nests with them. What a great idea!

In The Potter's Hands said...

Ooh, thanks for the idea Abbi! It's McKayla's turn for snack on Wednesday and I've been trying to think of something creative, cute and simple. This is it!

angie said...

In this recipe, do you use instant or old fashioned oatmeal? Thank you!

angie said...

I wonder if you could also make nests out of rice crispy treats.

Abbi said...

I hope you all have fun with them too!

Angie, With the ones pictures I used quick oats and that is what I prefer but I have used regular oatmeal many times too. I would think you could make cute nests with rice crispy treats too. I actually first thought about making something like that with bran flakes to use for the nests but then thought of the Oats cookies.


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