easy brownie bird nests

I’M NOT USUALLY A FAN OF CULINARY ORIGAMI. Yes, I’ve been known to roll up a sandwich or two, and maybe even use a muffin pan to produce “castle” casseroles as a treat for the kids (read: to get them to try something new) but those things take all of an extra 35 seconds, and even I have that. Sometimes. Which brings us to these brownie birds’ nests. If you have a pan of brownies, a bag of Easter candy and a round cookie cutter, you’re in.

I’ll show you how easy they are right here.easy brownie bird nests, foodlets

1. Start with a pan of brownies. You can make them from scratch (complete with a little spinach inside), from a box with a few healthier updates or straight from the box to your oven. (You could even buy brownies pre-made.) The point here is a little holiday fun. There will be time for flax seed later on, and boy do my kids know it. If you do make your own, choose a flat and shallow pan, rather than the “thick” option that usually bakes in an 8×8 pan.

pan of brownies for brownie nests, foodlets

2. Cut round circles. I used a round cookie cutter that’s about 2 1/2 inches across.

cut out round shapes, brownie birds' nests for easter from foodlets

3. Melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips. I used the microwave on high for 30 seconds, stirred, then back again for 15 seconds. Worked perfectly. This will be your glue for the eggs.

melt chocolate for egg glue, foodlets

4. Dip the bottom of a few eggs (I used Cadbury mini-eggs) in the melted chocolate and set on top of the “nest”. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

brownie birds' nests for easter, foodlets

5. Add coconut if you want to.

brownie birds' nests for Easter, foodlets.com

6. Revel in the glory that is a dish where your kids actually squeal with delight, or climb up on the counter to immediately pluck those eggs right off the top–whichever comes first at your place.



  1. Vanessa D. says

    I love those little eggs! I somehow got in a trip alone (!) to target recently, and bought a tiny, personal sized bag of those chocolate eggs at the registers. They were gone before I got home (otherwise, I may have had to share!). This is a great idea – might be what we bring to Easter dinner!

    • charityc says

      Ha, I love those little eggs myself, Vanessa. And you’re right to have enjoyed them while the getting was good. The little guys gobbled them all up before I even tasted one this time…but I’ll get more. Happy Easter and thanks for your note!



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