April 30, 2011

Easter Cheerio Nest Treats

This recipe is from Lauren's family, from her early days of Easters with family and friends. Recently (before Easter) Lauren was describing these delicious little treats to me, and how her family would make them each Easter, but she hadn't had them in a long time. They look like cute little eggs in nests. Magically, her old neighbor from her hometown sent her a batch for Easter this year, and I can vouch they are very tasty. I imagine they are especially fun to make with and for children. Be sure not to use off-brand ingredients (a tip from Lauren's Mom). I wish I had a picture of them!

What's in it
24 caramels
2. T. water
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (think Jiffy)
1 1/2 cup Cheerios
12 peanut M&M's - preferably Easter colors

How it's made
Put caramels and water in saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring all the time until melted and smooth. Add PB and mix.
Remove from heat. Add Cheerios. Mix until evenly coated.
Drop by round spoonfuls on wax papered cookie sheet. Press 1 M&M into each cookie (like a nest!). Place in refrigerator until firm.
Makes 12 cookies.


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