It is getting close to Christmas, so I am starting to bake. This is the first Christmas in years when the whole family will get together, so I am trying to bake a few of the traditional and a few new things. One of the things I have made every year is Bird's Nests. I have seen them called haystacks.
This recipe used to be made in a double boiler. It must have been, because I was born before microwave ovens and made them as a teen! I use a microwave because it is fast. And because I can use a bigger bowl. This is also a good project for kids. It is easy and fast.
1 package Butterscotch Morsels
1 cup peanuts
1 can or 1/2 bag of Chow Mein noodles
Wipe a section of counter with a damp rag and they lay out about 3 feet of wax paper. The moisture on the counter will keep it from curling up.
Empty the package of Butterscotch Morsels into a large glass bowl. Microwave for one minute. Stir and return to the microwave for one more minute.
The morsels won't look melted. Stir vigorously until smooth. Add in the peanuts and stir. Lastly add the Chow Mein noodles, but this time fold it in carefully. You don't want to break too many noodles.
Drop large spoonsful onto the wax paper. The Bird's Nests will set up quickly. Particularly on a cold day and a granite counter top.
Store in air tight container. I like to place a sheet of wax paper on the bottom of the container. Then place one layer on it. Next cut a section off the cleared wax paper and place on top of the cookie layer. Going green while making cookies!
There will be a few "orphan" noodles left on the wax paper. These are up for grabs as a reward for doing this very time consuming and difficult labor. ;))