Nutter Butter Chickens

Good morning!  I am typing this post from a hotel room … the hubby and I are on “spring break”.  We are not college kids, but the parents of a college kid left at home to go to work and school while we have fun!  I like this version of a spring break and highly recommend it ;)  These little pops were made the night before we skipped town.  It has been a year since I made Nutter Butter Chicks … they grew up … into Nutter Butter Chickens!

Nutter Butter Chicks Chickens

While the kid is home studying … maybe he can figure out the answer to this question …

Chicken Nutter Butter

I love these little guys … or girls … easy to make and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Here are the easy peasy instructions and stuff that you will need to make about 16 Nutter Butter Chickens …

  • 1 pound white/vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1 package Nutter Butter Cookies
  • 16 sticks (I used wooden coffee stirrers)
  • 32 white Jordan Almonds
  • 32 orange Reese’s Pieces (I found a pack of orange ones shaped like a carrot in the Easter candy at Target)
  • 32 candy eyeballs
  • 16 yellow candy chips (such as Wilton Rainbow Chips)
  • 16 each jumbo & small red heart sprinkles
  • Tweezers may be helpful!

Nutter Butter Chickens

  1. Melt candy coating.  Line a tray with wax paper or parchment.  Use the coffee stirrer to separate a Nutter Butter, use a little melted candy to attach the stirrer, put cookie back together immediately.
  2. Dip cookie into melted candy, tap off excess, drag bottom of cookie across the bowl’s edge to remove excess candy and place on prepared tray. Move to step 3 immediately.
  3. Place 2 Jordan Almonds against cookie to form wings, add 2 orange candies for feet and then add a large red heart in the top/middle as the “comb”.  Note:  it may be necessary to hold this still for a moment for it to stick, tweezers help!  Chill to set or let sit at room temp.
  4. Use a dot of melted candy to attach small heart (wattle), beak and eyeballs.

Nutter Butter Chicken Rooster

My guys gave opinions …

  • The Peanut Butter Man says … the chickens look like Casper (the friendly ghost) … silly man! … corrected himself rather quickly … also added that the Nutter Butter came before the chicken!
  • Son #3 says … they look like cartoon chickens … smart man! … just the look I was going for :)

I love your comments!

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Baby pics …

Nutter butter chicks  Nutter Butter Chicks

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Reese’s Easter Egg Bunnies

Good morning!  Can you believe that Easter is just two weeks ago?  I had a plan for Easter ideas that I wanted to share with you … the plan got tossed out the window while I was drying my hair the other day!  I came up with a new idea … I’ll call it the “hair idea” and will share it in a few days.  A Target trip was necessary for supplies for the “hair idea” … while I was wandering the Target aisles picking up the supplies … another idea was born that I should, but won’t call the “hare idea” … Reese’s Easter Egg Bunnies …

Reese's Easter Egg Bunnies

 

I hope these bunnies make you smile!  They are easy to make using a few store-bought candies and a little patience ;)

Reese's Rabbit Big Ears

These are the supplies that you will need to make these  Big Ear Bunnies …

bunny marshmallow ears

  • Reese’s White Peanut Butter Eggs
  • Large marshmallows
  • Mike & Ike candies
  • White Hershey-ets
  • Tiny black pearls
  • SweetWorks pink pearls
  • Pink sugar
  • Flower Sprinkles
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik) (about 1/4 cup for 6 bunnies)
  • Tray lined with wax paper or parchment.

Mike & Ike carrots marshmallows

  1. Make the carrots … use a sharp knife to make a small cut in one end of an orange candy and insert a green flower sprinkle.
  2. Make ears and tails … use scissors to cut a marshmallow in half to make 2 tails and cut another one diagonally to for 2 ears (you will use 1-1/2 marshmallows per bunny)
  3. Dip cut edges of marshmallows in pink sugar.  Egg bunny
  4. Use melted candy to attach candies in the following order … ears, nose & eyes, carrot, hands/paws.
  5. Attach feet/paws.
  6. Attach tail to backside … this will help stabilize the bunny for standing.
  7. If you want to make your bunny stand up … drop a small (1″) circle of melted candy on wax paper and place the bunnies body and tail on it … hold until set.

Easter Bunny Reese's Egg

I did have one egg that was a little smooshed/cracked … tried to salvage it by covering the cracks with a tail and make a “back view bunny” … bunny tails seem to be loved by everyone!

Reese's Easter egg bunny tail

Do you like bunny tails?  I look forward to your comments!

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The Life of Peeps

My family is laughing at me … not in a good way!  It is very obvious that the guys and I don’t think alike … eye rolling is going on with the laughing … probably because of this little Peep story!  It’s Easter time, Peeps and marshmallow eggs are everywhere!  We have a family of Peeps living at our house!  I am not an expert on Peeps, but this is what I believe to be true about The Life of Peeps …

 

Peep Family Eggmallows chocolate nests

It all began like this …

Peeps chocolate nests

Mr. & Mrs. Peep met … fell in love … married … set up house nest keeping … marshmallow babies eggs magically appeared in the nest … the eggs hatched … giving life to the sweetest little marshmallow chicks … they all lived happily ever after … the end!   That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it ;)  Pssst … I know that they really ended up in Easter baskets!

chocolate nest marshmallow chick eggs

Let me explain how this all makes sense to me … Peeps are soft marshmallows with a sugar-coating … these little Eggmallows are marshmallows with a sugar-coating … therefore, the two must be related!  I hope you remember the Sweet and Salty Potato Stix Stacks … perfect nesting material for Peeps!  Is my story making any sense?  According to my family … I may be loosing it … the real question is … did I ever have it?

This is what you will need to create about 14 Peep family nests …

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  • 3-4 cups of Shoestring Potatoes
  • 1 pound chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Jet-Puffed Candy Eggmallows (I found them at WalMart)
  • Peeps (I used the original yellow marshmallow chicks)
  • Black edible marker

Nest of Peeps Eggs

  1. Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the package.  Mix in about 3 cups of potatoes,  drop spoonfuls  on waxed paper.  Use a spoon to create a nest with a well in the center.  If you have extra chocolate at the bottom of the bowl, mix in some more potatoes!
  2. Add a marshmallow egg (or 2) to the nest and chill for a few minutes … or …
  3. Use the marker to draw eyes and beak on eggs and stand them up in the nest, then chill.
  4. (not in photo)  I used a toothpick dipped in chocolate to draw a moustache on Mr. Peep and eyelashes on Mrs. Peep.

Peeps family chocolate nest

 

After everybody was done laughing at me for the moment and ate part of the Peep Family… this is what they had to say …

  • The hubby really liked the Eggmallows (straight out of the bag) and nests!  He is so easy to please ;)
  • Son #3 is my Peep lover.  Now that he has grown up and matured, he only eats one Peep!  In his words “who would have ever thought that shoestring potatoes and chocolate could taste so good!”
  • My words … “Mom is always right!”  When will they ever learn?

Peep nests marshmallow chick eggs

 

 

Are you a Peep lover?  A sweet and salty lover?  Do you believe my story?  Did I ever have it?   I do ♥ your comments!

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Happy Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring!

I wish that the snow is melting, flowers are blooming, trees are budding and the air is a little warmer!  

New spring and Easter ideas are swirling around in my head … will be sharing some in a couple of days.  In the meantime, these little Spring Chicks just want to say “Welcome Spring” to you …

Chick marshmallow pop

 

Marshmallow Pops

Chick Cupcakes

 

Chick Cupcakes

Nutter butter chicks

Nutter Butter Chicks

m&m's Chicks

 

M&M’s Chicks

always look forward to your comments!

 

Reese’s Pieces Nest Cookies

Yesterday I was on Facebook (miracle!) … asked if it was too late to share another Easter treat … the general consensus was to do it … so I did …

Reese's Pieces Nests

The bag of Reese’s Pieces Pastel Eggs has been sitting on my kitchen counter for several days, just waiting for me to bake cookies.

I can’t tell you how many time I have been asked … “Can I open the Reese’s Pieces?”

Do I live with a bunch of candy eating kids … NO … my kids are grown up!

As I’m typing this … my hubby just got home from work … saw the cookies and asked “Can I have one?” … I laughed and gave him permission.  Maybe I do live with a bunch of candy eating kids ;)

Cracked eggs ready to hatch

After the cookies cooled, I noticed that some of the candies cracked.  I thing that’s OK … because eggs in nests do eventually crack … right?

Look what happens when they crack … chicks are born …

M&M's chicks home

I apologize for showing the chicks again … I just never get tired of them!

Let’s get down to business … cookie making business …

Peanut Butter Cookie Nests with candy eggs

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 cups flour (I use unbleached)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate sprinkles
  • 1-2 (10 ounce) bags of Reese’s Pieces Pastel Eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Place silicone mat or parchment paper on baking sheets.
  2. Cream butter and sugars until very soft.  Add vanilla and egg, beat well.  Add peanut butter and mix well.
  3. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until well blended.  Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
  4. Then roll the balls in the chocolate sprinkles and place on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350º for 11-13 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and place candy eggs on cookie and gently press down (forming the nest).  Let cool on the pan for 10 minutes and move to cooling rack.
  7. Makes about 40 cookies.

Please note:  I wanted to put 3 eggs in each nest … 1 bag of candy was not enough.  If you want 3 eggs … buy 2 bags of candy!

001 Scoop and roll …

002 Peanut M&M’s would work!

003 Put the eggs on warm cookies!

Easy peasy … don’t you think?  You know how I look forward to your comments!

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Nutter Butter Chicks

My love of Nutter Butters continues …

Nutter butter chicks

I started making these little chicks last week … showed some ‘experimental versions’ to my friend Stephanie … I knew that she would give me an honest opinion.  Then I told her about my idea for Skateboarding Peeps … went home and made those instead of  the chicks!  I guess the chicks just needed a little more time to hatch ;)

This is what you will need …

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Work on the wax paper …

  1. Insert the wood stick about half way up the cookie and separate the cookie … put a small amount of melted candy … put cookie back together and let candy harden. (This step is very important … my cookies fell off the stick when I skipped this!)
  2. Dip the cookie in melted candy … tap off excess … lay on wax paper.
  3. Place 2 orange Reece’s Pieces as the feet … 2 yellow for the wings.
  4. Place 2 black sugar pearls for eyes … 1 orange Rainbow Chip for the beak.  I did use tweezers (for food only).
  5. Chill for a few minutes.

Favorite Little chick

I love chicks … do you remember these chicks from the past?

Chick marshmallow pop Marshmallow Chicks

Chick Cupcakes Chick Cupcakes

m&m's Chicks M&M’s Chicks

Maybe my love of chicks goes back to my childhood … I talked (begged and pleaded) my Grandma into getting two real chicks for my sister and I … they grew up into roosters … I would walk my young rooster up and down the street on a leash … as it got older it became very mean … we gave the roosters to the neighbor’s gardener, so they could live on a farm … at least that is what I was told and want to believe ;)

My hubby knows of this story and laughs because I walked a rooster on a leash!  He grew up in the country … I grew up in the suburbs :)

I love all of the chicks … do you have a favorite one?

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