You know how everyone talks about Target – how they walk in and walk out with way more than they need? I never got that until now, but it’s dangerous.
Target roped me in a few weeks ago when I needed to buy Cool Mint Oreos, pastel M&M’s, and a few other things for some baking projects – because where else can you buy all those things in one place? I even wrote a list; the plan was to get in, get out, and get just the essentials. But then…I couldn’t help slowing down by the kitchen aisles… stopping to look at all the fun cups, plates, and silverware… meandering down the food aisles just to “see what was there”. And don’t even get me started on the M&M’s. Who knew so many types of M&M’s even existed? Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut, peanut butter, mint, coconut… what the heck? How was I supposed to pick? I came for one type and went home with three – three types of M&M’s that I didn’t really know what to do with. And as I checked out at the cash register armed with my Oreos, my three bags of M&M’s, and a few bars of chocolate (nothing else), the cashier made some remark about how that was his kind of shopping. Cringe :( (This isn’t normal for me, honestly!)
But as it turns out, I should definitely take a weekly shopping trip to Target to raid the baking/candy aisles (haha) all in the name of research. It was perfect inspiration for Easter baking, because the M&M’s Speck-tacular Eggs I bought eventually led to these – Nutella Brownie Cups. Marshmallow Creme on top. M&M Easter Eggs to top it all off. Nutella Brownie Easter Egg Nests, as I like to call them.
I love layers in my desserts, and this dessert has THREE delicious ones. The Nutella Brownie Cups are moist, soft and chewy, but not overly rich. It’s like they were made to go with the creamy, fluffy Marshmallow Creme on top. And the M&M Speck-tacular Eggs, which are at least twice as good as regular M&M’s because they have twice the chocolate, are like the crowning gems that you can’t decide whether to eat first or last or somewhere in between. Does anyone else have these conundrums?
The best part about these Easter Egg Nests – besides the fact that they’re way too cute – is the simplicity of the recipe. Not only are these crazy good, they’re really easy to make! You need about 5 minutes to whip up the brownie batter and another 5 minutes once they’re baked and cooled to decorate. As much as I love baking and can do it all day, I get that sometimes an easy dessert is nice. I’m pretty sure these would be a huge hit at the dessert table for Easter or any spring occasion. And really, who needs to hunt for eggs when you can find them right on top of your brownies?!