Nutter Butter Hatching Chick Cookies

You only need five different ingredients to make these gorgeous Nutter Butter hatching chick cookies. They’re so cute and an ideal addition to your Easter baking list. Nobody can resist biting into one of these gorgeous Nutter Butter cookies, and they’re so much cuter than any kind of Easter cookies from the store. Peanut butter fans who love nutter butter cookies are going to love this jazzed-up Easter version of their favorite sweet snack!

Easter Nutter Butter hatching chicke cookies in a basket.

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These easy Nutter Butter chicks are a breeze to make and even the kids can help out with them. This no-bake cookie recipe is perfect for Easter!

Other Easter treats you might like to whip up include bunny print cookies, rainbow unicorn toast, and Italian Easter cookies.

Delightful Easter cookies in a blue basket with milk, including Nutter Butter hatching chick cookies and decorated treats.

Why You’ll Love These

Simple to make:  There’s no baking involved, as you’re using nutter butter cookies as the base and decorating them with frosting and candies. These are some of the easiest Easter treats ever.
Sweet and tasty: Nutter Butter cookies are already delicious, but add candies, sprinkles, and royal icing, and you’re elevating them to gourmet status!
Great for Easter or the spring: Whether you’re getting excited about Easter or pleased the cold weather is making way for spring, these cookies are festive and seasonal. I bet they’d be amazing with this colorful homemade dragon fruit ice cream.

A plate with Easter treats that are Nutter Butter hatching chick cookies.

Nutter Butter Chick Cookies Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below

Nutter butter cookies: You will need a family-sized package of Nutter Butter cookies (here). If you want to use different cookies, you’ll need something oval or peanut-shaped.
Candies: Yellow candy melts (here) give the perfect bright yellow color of baby chicks, candy eyeballs (here) work well, too, and the round orange sprinkles (here) are great for the beaks.
Royal icing: Royal icing sets harder than soft frosting, so your cookie toppings won’t smudge.

Ingredients to make decorated no bake Easter cookies that look like hatching chicks.

How to Make Hatching Chick Easter Cookies

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card

Melt the candy melts:  Microwave them until completely melted, then dip each cookie into this mixture and let them set.
Add the features: Add candy eyeballs and orange sprinkles and let the cookies set for 15 minutes.
Add the royal icing: Pipe the outline of a broken shell at the top and bottom of each cookie and let the icing set completely.

A plate of Easter Nutter Butter hatching chick cookies.

Substitutions and Variations

Gluten-free option:  If you want a gluten-free version, you will need to find gluten-free cookies.
Different candy options: Wilton yellow candy melts and Wilton candy eyeballs work well. You can use Sweet Tooth Fairy Citrus Candy Sprinkles for the beaks or orange Reese’s Pieces.

Easter cookies made with peanut butter cookies that look like a chick.

Serving Suggestions

Appetizers:  If you want to serve some savory bites with these, consider baby chick mini cheese balls, crispy potato stacks or even an antipasto board.
More cookies: 
There are lots more cookies you might like to make for your Easter cookie tray, including Italian rainbow cookies and Fruity Pebbles meringue cookies.
For the grownups: These strawberry lemonade vodka Jell-O shots would pair well (strictly for the over-21s of course!)

A person is holding a decorated Easter cookie that looks like a hatching chick.

How to Store Nutter Butter Chicks

Store:  Keep the cookies in a Ziploc bag or in an airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.
Freeze:  Although these will freeze, don’t add sprinkles because the color runs everywhere when thawed back out.

Decorated no bake Easter cookies in a basket with milk and eggs.

Top Tips

Get organized: It’s easy to make Nutter Butter chicks cookies if you’re organized, so lay out all your ingredients before you start making them, counting out two candy eyes for each one, sprinkles, and so on.
Catch the drips: Make them on a wax paper or parchment-lined baking sheet to catch any drips.
Let everything set: Wait until the melted candy coating hardens before adding the candies, and make sure you allow ample time for the royal icing to harden before serving.

No bake Easter chick cookies made from Nutter Butter cookies in a basket.
No bake Easter cookies in a basket.

Nutter Butter Chicks FAQs

Do you need to use a piping bag to frost these?

If you have one, then you can, and if not, simply snip the corner off a Ziploc bag and use that.

What’s the easiest way to ice the cookies?

You will be adding royal icing at the top and bottom of each nutter butter cookie to resemble a broken shell. It’s easier to pipe the outlines and then fill them in.

Should you keep these in the refrigerator?

You would need to if they were topped with buttercream frosting, but royal icing doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so it’s best to keep your nutter butter cookie treats at room temperature.

A person holding a no bake decorated Easter cookie for kids.

Nutter Butter Hatching Chicks Cookies

Easter Nutter Butter hatching chicke cookies in a basket.

Nutter Butter Hatching Chick Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies, Easter
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
These easy nutter butter hatching chicks are a breeze to make and even the kids can help out with them. This no-bake cookie recipe is perfect for Easter!
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  • In a medium bowl, add the candy melts and microwave at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir and then continue melting at 50% power in 30 second increments until smooth, stirring between each increment.
  • Push the cookie into the melted candy, completely covering the face, and let any excess drip off.
  • Allow to set on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  • Press two candy eyeballs just above the halfway point of the cookie and immediately press two of the orange sprinkles underneath to form a beak. Let the cookies set for about 15 minutes.
  • Once set, use the royal icing to outline a broken egg shell at the top and bottom of each cookie. Flood the outline fully with the royal icing and shake a little to even it out. Let the icing dry before serving.


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.01mg
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

These Nutter Butter chicken cookies are adorable, and they are really easy to make. All you need is a package of nutter butter cookies, some royal icing, and some candies to decorate them. This is a fun and simple project, and the kids would love to help out making these gorgeous little treats. They taste amazing and might even become your favorite cookie recipe for Easter!

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Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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  1. Kara Butler wrote:

    5 stars
    So adorable. This would be awesome for this coming Easter!

    Posted 3.14.24 Reply