Recipe: Chocolate Bird’s Nests

Chocolate Bird's Nests Recipe
A Springtime Favorite

These chocolate nests are easy to make – and kids are likely to join in on the fun, too!

This no-bake recipe takes just 3 ingredients and your finished nests will make perfect treats to wrap-up a dinner with friends… or they make great gifts – just toss them into a treat bag!

Foodie Tips:

❤  Use your favorite melting chocolate for this recipe. I used milk chocolate morsels and dark chocolate is next on my list.

❤  To fill your nest you can pick from an array of sweet egg-like objects – jelly beans, malted milk balls, Cadbury mini eggs, or M&M candies. I used pastel colored chocolate covered almonds – they had a good egg shape and great taste!

Ingredients:

5 Cups  |  Chow Mein Noodles
2 Cups  |  Chocolate Morsels
24 – 36  |  Candy Eggs

What To Do:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate for 1 minute. Remove from oven and stir with a spatula. Return to microwave and heat then stir in 30-second intervals until things are well melted. Don’t let the chocolate boil!

2. Add the noodles into the melted chocolate and stir everything with your spatula until well coated.

3. Using an ice cream scoop transfer mounds of the chocolate noodles to a parchment-lined baking tray. Before the chocolate rests, shape the mounds into nests with a fork or your spatula.

4. Place your candy eggs into the nest and let everything rest until cool and hard.

5. Transfer your nests to a serving platter or individual plate.

Yield: About 10 – 12 nests. Enjoy this chocolate bird’s nest recipe!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Recipe : How To Make The Best Ice Cream Sandwich

How To Make The Best Ice Cream SandwichWe All Scream!

After eating one of the best cookies my neighbor Helen introduced me to I knew what was next – I had to turn the cookies into something extra special. A homemade ice cream sandwich.

What’s even sweeter is that after thinking about the best way to form my ice cream (aside from just smashing it between two cookies), I stumbled across a common kitchen item that did the trick exceptionally well – a Mason Jar lid. Check out the recipe details below!

Foodie Tips:Dads Cookie Company

  The awesome cookies I’m referring to are Dad’s Original Scotch Oatmeal Cookies. After I ate my first bag, I knew what I had to do – order a 3 pound box! That’s how I roll.

  While I was tempted to use a flavored ice cream (butter pecan, strawberry, chocolate, etc…) your cookie will likely set the table (so to speak) for what flavor to choose. I used good ol’ fashioned vanilla as my cookie’s taste was the hero of this show.

Ingredients: 

2 Handfuls  |  Your Favorite Cookie (homemade or otherwise)
1 Carton  |  Your Favorite Ice Cream
To Dip  |  Chocolate, Melted (optional)
To Decorate  |  Sprinkles (optional)

How To Make The Best Ice Cream Sandwich
Directions: 

1. Turn your Mason Jar lid (the outer ring and removable insert) upside down. Using a spoon press ice cream into the lid; you can thicken it up a bit for an extra tasty treat. Note: I didn’t let my ice cream thaw in advance; I used it straight from the freezer and it worked just fine.

2. Once filled, push the mason jar insert out from the outer ring to remove the round-shaped ice cream. Using a blunt knife you can easily saw and pry the mason lid off from the ice cream. Presto! Place the ice cream on the bottom side of one of your cookies. Top with another cookie and place your sandwich on a plate or storage container then into the freezer. Repeat this process until you are all out of cookies or ice cream or resistance! Freeze cookies good and chilly (about 30 minutes).

3. Decorate your cookies to your liking. I dipped mine in some fresh melted chocolate. I returned my sweets to the freezer for a few minutes more then served them. They were delicious! And a perfect menu item for your next gathering.

I hope you enjoy these awesome bites!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder and Foodie
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Valentine’s Day Rice Krispies Treats

 Valentine’s Day 2014 Featured Post  A Valentine's Day Rice Krispies Treats Recipe By Home Style Austin
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You’re sure to score points when you put a creative twist on this time-honored favorite. These treats are super-easy to make and super-fun to decorate. Let’s see why …

Tips:

  • Like soft treats? These treats will impress you if consumed within 24 hours of your pressing.
  • For a thicker treat, press your marshmallow mixture into a 9″ x 13″ pan. For a thinner treat, press into a 11″ x 17″ pan.
  • For a quick and tasty shortcut for melted chocolate, use Ambrosia brand Chocolate Flavored Bark Coating (a.k.a. bark coating) – we found ours at our local HEB Grocery. It’s available in chocolate bark and white bark.
  • Just because these treats are perfectly-shaped for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that they aren’t delicious all year round!

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons  |  Unsalted Butter (my family’s favorite is Falfurrias Brand Butter)
1 Package (10 ounces)  |  Marshmallows
6 Cups  |  Kellogg’s Brand Rice Krispies Cereal
Your Favorite  |  Chocolates, Melted
Assorted  |  Decorations (sprinkles, crushed peppermints, strawberries, etc.)

Surprise Your Valentine With These Rice Krispies Treats By Home Style AustinMaterials:

Medium-Sized Pan
Spoon To Stir
Large Mixing Bowl
Wax Paper
Baking Sheet (see size recommendations above)
Cooking Spray
Cookie Cutter (we used a heart-shaped cutter)

What To Do:

1. Melt the butter in a medium-large pan over low heat.

2. Raise the heat up a bit to medium heat and add the marshmallows. Stir until melted – do not let them boil or burn.

3. Pour your marshmallow mixture into the rice krispies and stir until well blended.

4. Using a spatula or spoon pour the mixture into a baking sheet lined with wax paper and press flat.

5. Let cool then cut your treats into your desired shapes. Spray your cookie cutter (or hands) with cooking spray will help prevent sticking.

6. Decorate your treats. Let your creativity impress their eyes and their appetite!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider



~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

 Love Valentine’s Day? Visit our post called “Valentine’s Day The Home Style Way” for our ideas for how to make your day extra special at home. We’re pairing our favorite appetizer, main course, desserts and wine along with some great “at-home” movie recommendations sure to melt hearts.