Sometimes, being Canadian has some pretty awesome perks. Steve Nash, Thanksgiving in October (who wouldn't want it early?), colourful money, dill Pickle AND ketchup flavoured potato chips (UH-MAZE-ING), Jim Carey, Rick Mercer, and one pretty fantastic national anthem. Obviously this could go on and on, feel free to add to this stellar list. What's your favourite Canadian thing?
Back to the point, the awesome Canadian thing I am talking about right now is chocolate. Sometimes I feel really bad for my southern neighbours and their less than perfect chocolate. I love you guys, but your chocolate is sub-par. Around Easter in my neck of the woods, you can get little drops oh heaven, disguised as a chocolate eggs, covered in a perfectly sweet and crunchy candy shell. I'm talking about Mini Eggs. It's not really spring until these delectable and addictive little treats make their way into my kitchen. And living room. Ok fine, and bedroom. I don't even usually like milk chocolate.
I wanted to incorporate these into a dessert, and I do have a whole bunch of ideas, but yesterday I had a little 5 year old helper. We thought this would be a pretty fun Easter snack.
This is your typical no-bake oatmeal cookie recipe. Mine calls for coconut, but my friend told me she uses peanut butter instead. I used pb this time, and prefer the coconut, but my hubby really liked it this way.
Chocolate Robin Nests
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup peanut butter OR coconut
- 6 tbsp cocoa
- 3 cups quick oats
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 pack or mini eggs (or whatever you can find at the store)
Boil your butter, milk and sugar for 2 mins. Add vanilla.
Remove from heat and quickly add remaining ingredients.
Drop by the tablespoon onto the cookie sheets and form into nest shapes.
Add your eggs or candy right away so they will stick to the nest.
Refridgerate until firm. Store in fridge.