Spring Chick Cookies are a sweet, easy spring candy recipe. All you need are Nutter Butters (or similar long rectangular cookies), orange candies, yellow coating, and candy eyeballs to make these fun little chicks. They're so simple, kids can help make and decorate them, too!
If you're in the mood for more cute and easy animal cookies, try these Easter Bunny Cookies as well!!
- 15 Starburst candies (orange)
- 16 oz candy coating (yellow)
- 24 Nutter Butter cookies (or similarly shaped cookies)
- 48 candy eyeballs (see Note below)
1. First, cut the Starburst candies into beak and feet shapes. To make the beaks, cut 3 candies diagonally, then cut them diagonally again, so each candy yields 4 thick triangle shapes. These beaks will be too thick, so cut them in half widthwise so each one yields 2 thinner triangles. You should have 24 small triangles now.
2. To make the feet, cut the remaining 12 candies in half so each one gives you two thick rectangles.
Cut the rectangles in half widthwise to make thin rectangles. Trim triangle shapes from one edge of each rectangle to make a foot shape. You should have 24 pairs of feet.
3. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper, and set aside for now.
4. Place 16 oz yellow candy coating in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating, until the coating is melted and smooth.
5. Using forks or dipping tools, dip a cookie in the coating until it's covered completely. Remove it from the coating and let the excess drip back into the bowl, then place it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper.
6. After you have dipped 3-4 cookies, pause and decorate them before the coating on the cookies hardens. Take one beak and press it on top of each cookie. Add 2 candy eyeballs above the beak. Take 2 feet and press them into the bottom of each cookie.
7. Repeat the dipping and decorating process until all of the cookies are finished. Refrigerate the tray briefly to set the chocolate, for about 15-20 minutes. Once set, the cookies can be served immediately. The cookies keep well, but the candy decorations do tend to get very hard and chewy after being exposed to air for several days. If you do want to store them, keep them in an airtight container at cool room temperature.
Note: If you don't have candy eyeballs, you can easily make eyes for the birds by melting some white chocolate chips and dotting them on the chick faces.
Once the white chocolate is set, melt dark chocolate and dab a small circle of dark chocolate in the center of the white chocolate to make the eyes.