WHILE I MARRIED a redneck so you won’t have to, I’ve also scoured the web to try out
the cutest ever Easter Treats, again, so you don’t have to. And, I made ’em easier than they originally were, ’cause who’s got time to get out every pot, pan and dish you own?
Now, you know I’m no Martha Stewart, and I strongly feel that the mega-conglomerate Betty Crocker was concocted in the pit of hell, but, like my Granna Lucie, I love to bake, ever since the days I tried to poach eggs in my Easy-Bake Oven. Tip #1: Don’t try to poach eggs in an Easy-Bake Oven . . .
Here’s the thing: it’s hard to get my novel writing done when I’m bakin’ my behind off, so I’ve cut corners, made short cuts. And I know you’re busy, too, so here’s what I came up with.
These little babies are so easy and fun to make (also, not very messy), it’s a great project, and you can get the kiddos involved.
The first on my trial list was a teeny little sugar-bomb masquerading as an easy-to-make but super-cute little Peeps on a Pastry. Darlin’ mini-Peeps on a cupcake tucked into a sweet little toasted coconut nest, from Martha Stewart, of course. She did her chicks with a pastry bag, but you could use mini-Peeps, or do what I did. Pop a marshmallow on parchment paper, zap for 15 seconds, pinch the the top into a beak and the bottom into a butt, and paint it light blue with watered down food coloring. I poked out the eye holes with a greased tooth pick and used sprinkles for the eyes . . .
Now, Mama used to make Chow Mein Butterscotch treats, and that’s what I used when I made these tasty little treats. To make a mega-batch (and trust me you’ll need a mega-batch), you need:
3 cups of butterscotch chips
1 cup of peanuts (you can skip the peanuts but they’re yummy that way)
1 can of chow mein noodles
Melt the butterscotch in a non-stick sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly with a greased plastic spoon. I used my NuWave cooktop and sauce pan, which is also great for the kidlets, because it doesn’t get hot to the touch, unless you’re accident prone like me and hit your elbow on the hot part. *Stir in peanuts first, chow mein noodles last, because if you put the noodles in first, they’ll break into tiny pieces in an unbecoming manner.
Dollop them into a greased muffin tin and mold into little nests, then pop in a Peep and a few tiny candy eggs. *I used Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs.
Let me know how yours turn out. Mine are almost gone already. Writer Fuel, you know . . .