Easter Chicks in Chocolate Chip Nest


Easter is always a good time to go all out with desserts that have adorable, cute animals in pastel shades. I came across this fun idea of using chocolate chip dough as a nest for chocolate eggs on branappetit.com one day and decided to try it, adding some baby chicks in the "nest" for good measure. After all, eggs hatch, don't they? :)

If you have a gathering of family and friends on Easter, imagine the reaction when you present everyone - kids and adults - with their very own chocolate chip nest of cute chicks and candy eggs for dessert. Best of all, they are very easy to do and kids would love to help you make this.

You can use any chocolate chip cookie recipe to make the nest. I used a copy of Mrs Fields Chocolate Chip recipe.

Make the "nest"

Once the dough is chilled, put about 2 scoops of dough into each cavity of a regular sized cupcake mold. I used my Wilton blue silicon mold but any cupcake mold will work.If you are using a mold that is not silicon, make sure you grease it properly.

Wet your fingers and shake off the excess water. Then press the dough into the bottom and sides of the cupcake mold cavities. Bear in mind that the dough will rise quite a bit during baking, so you should make the bottom and sides as thin as possible. I usually test bake with just one cavity first until I am happy with the results.

Bake at same temperature as suggested in your recipe, but add a few more minutes to the baking time. For the recipe I used, I baked the nests at 190 deg Celsius for about 12 to 15 minutes.

Make the "chicks"

  1. Dust your hands and surface with a little cornstarch to prevent sticking.

  2. Using rolled fondant/sugarpaste, colour a small portion either orange or pink, and a larger portion egg yellow. Roll 2 yellow fondant balls for the head and the body. Size of the head will be about 2 cm in diameter, and the size of the body needs to be just slightly larger than the head. Roll 1 orange or pink fondant ball for the beak. The size of the beak will be very small, about 0.3 cm in diameter. You can adjust the sizes according to your preference.

  3. Taper the body slightly on one end and flatten the tapered end slightly.

  4. Flatten the orange / pink ball slightly and press a line down the middle with a sharp knife. Do not cut through. Using the line as a fold, press the two halves slightly together to form a beak.

  5. Using a little water, stick the head onto the body, then stick the beak onto the head. You need to stick the beak a little higher so the chick appears to be looking up.

  6. Using a very small food brush or a toothpick, dip it into some brown or black food colour gel or liquid and draw the eyes.

  7. Using another small food brush, pick up a little pink petal dust, dust excess off on a tissue, then gently touch the brush to the cheeks, just under the eyes. This is optional.

Putting them altogether

Once the chocolate chip nests have cooled completely, put the chick in the middle and surround it with chocolate candy eggs. I used Hershey's Candy Coated Milk Chocolate Eggs.

If you have any broken candy eggs, put the "shells" on and around the chicks and eggs.

Happy Easter, Everyone!

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Easter Chicks in Chocolate Chip Nests

Equipment & Ingredients

Method

  1. Put about 2 cookie scoops of chilled chocolate chip dough into each cavity of a regular sized cupcake mold.

  2. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of the cupcake mold cavities with damp fingers.

  3. Bake at same temperature as suggested in your recipe, but add a few more minutes to the baking time.

  4. Dust your hands and surface with a little cornstarch to prevent sticking.

  5. Using rolled fondant/sugarpaste, colour a small portion either orange or pink, and a larger portion egg yellow. Roll 2 yellow fondant balls for the head and the body. Size of the head will be about 2 cm in diameter, and the size of the body needs to be just slightly larger than the head. Roll 1 orange or pink fondant ball for the beak. The size of the beak will be very small, about 0.3 cm in diameter.

  6. Taper the body slightly on one end and flatten the tapered end slightly.

  7. Flatten the orange / pink ball slightly and press a line down the middle with a sharp knife. Do not cut through. Using the line as a fold, press the two halves slightly together to form a beak.

  8. Using a little water, stick the head onto the body, then stick the beak onto the head. You need to stick the beak a little higher so the chick appears to be looking up.

  9. Using a very small food brush or a toothpick, dip it into some brown or black food colour gel or liquid and draw the eyes.

  10. (optional) Using another small food brush, pick up a little pink petal dust, dust excess off on a tissue, then gently touch the brush to the cheeks, just under the eyes.

  11. Once the chocolate chip nests have cooled completely, put the chick in the middle and surround it with chocolate candy eggs.

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