Coconut Macaroon Nests

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Easy gluten free coconut macaroons shaped like a bird’s nest, filled with mini chocolate Cadbury eggs – a tasty Easter treat!

Easy gluten free coconut macaroons shaped like a bird's nest, filled with mini chocolate Cadbury eggs – a tasty Easter treat!Coconut Macaroon Nests

More of my favorite Easter desserts are Easter Egg Cake Balls, Hot Cross Buns, Easter Egg Coconut Cupcakes and a Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Easy gluten free coconut macaroons shaped like a bird's nest, filled with mini chocolate Cadbury eggs – a tasty Easter treat!

These were inspired by this month’s Martha Stewart Living magazine, but after trying the recipe in the magazine, I thought it would taste better adapting it from my favorite coconut macaroon recipe instead. But rather than baking them on a cookie tin, you use a mini muffin tin to create the little nests. Fun to make with the kids!

What makes a macaroon a macaroon?

A macaroon is a type of cookie that is baked with ground coconut and almonds, or another type of nut, as its’ main ingredients.

What is the difference between a macaroon and a macaron?

Macaroons are a coconut-based, sweet and chewy cookie with lots of texture while macarons are a meringue-based delicate cookie that ranges in a large variety of flavors and fillings.

Do coconut macaroons need to be refrigerated?

No, if you’re eating the cookies within the first couple of days there is no need and keeping them in a container will be fine. But, if you plan on eating them over the course of 2 weeks or so, then I would keep them in the fridge to keep its’ moisture.

Easy gluten free coconut macaroons shaped like a bird's nest, filled with mini chocolate Cadbury eggs – a tasty Easter treat!
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Coconut Macaroon Nests

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158 Cals 3 Protein 20 Carbs 8 Fats
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 18 servings
COURSE: Dessert
CUISINE: American
Easy gluten free coconut macaroons shaped like a bird's nest, filled with mini chocolate Cadbury eggs – a tasty Easter treat!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup from 5 large egg whites
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 10 oz sweetened coconut flakes, I used Baker's
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • cooking spray
  • 72 mini Cadbury chocolate eggs

Instructions

  • In a heavy saucepan combine egg whites, sugar and coconut flakes and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until all the ingredients combine together, about 12 minutes. The mixture should be sticky and moist, not dry.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the almond and vanilla extracts.
  • Set aside and let it cool 10 minutes, should be warm.
  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. Spray a nonstick a mini muffin tin with oil.
  • Drop heaping tablespoons into the tin, lightly press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the tin to make "nests" with the back of the measuring spoon.
  • Bake 22 to 25 minutes, or until golden.
  • Let it cool 10 minutes, then carefully remove from the tin.
  • Arrange the nests and top each with two mini chocolate eggs.

Nutrition

Serving: 2nests, Calories: 158kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 25mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g
Blue Smart Points: 9
Green Smart Points: 9
Purple Smart Points: 9
Points +: 4
Keywords: Coconut Macaroon Nests
Easy gluten free coconut macaroons shaped like a bird's nest, filled with mini chocolate Cadbury eggs – a tasty Easter treat!
Easy gluten free coconut macaroons shaped like a bird's nest, filled with mini chocolate Cadbury eggs – a tasty Easter treat!
Easy gluten free coconut macaroons shaped like a bird's nest, filled with mini chocolate Cadbury eggs – a tasty Easter treat!

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48 comments

  1. Great recipe, in order for the mini eggs to stick I dipped them in icing as another person commenting suggested, great idea! They taste delicious & will make again!

  2. Has anyone tried the unsweetened coconut. I saw a comment where someone said to soak in water then add power sugar but i don’t have any. Would it not be ok with just the unsweetened coconut?

  3. Not sure why this is on a skinny website but they are great!  If I would make these again I would use a small dollop if icing to hold the eggs in place. Hard to pick up without the eggs falling out of nest. 

  4. These are so cute and really delicious, but the mini muffin tin was a fail for me. They stuck even with cooking spray & the bottoms didn’t cook properly – they practically fell apart. So I made the rest on a cookie sheet and molded them with my hands (sticky, but easy). I just sort of made a thumb print cookie shape. They pealed off sprayed tin foil with no problem at all, and cooked perfectly. They were also big enough to hold two eggs and I melted some dairy milk chocolate, and plopped a little in the hole so the eggs would stay put. Other than the muffin tin method, then was great!

  5. When do I put the salt in?
    Please answer back before my mixture dries up

  6. I don't have a mini muffin pan, so used a regular sized muffin pan, lined with paper cups. I sprayed the paper liners with a little non-stick spray and would say DEFINITELY use non-stick spray, even on the paper liners as the dough is very wet and sticky and it will stick to the folds on the paper liners. I put about 1 Tbsp of batter in each cup, which will yield 18-24 nests. When they came out of the oven they were a little puffed up in the center, so I used the bottom of a kids medicine cup to flatten the center a little (bottom of a shot glass would work too). I then let them cool completely before peeling off the paper liners. Some of the macaroon dough stuck to each liner, but I only lost one due to too much sticking to the paper. You just have to peel slowly and carefully. Next time I'll use a bit more non-stick spray, love this recipe!

  7. Made these Easter morning….turned out great! Yes, I did lose 2 or 3 that were firmly stuck to the tin. I highly recommend the cadbury eggs…a bite of macaroon and chocolate together is divine (can't imagine a macaroon/jelly bean bite would be the same).

  8. Made these for Easter, and they were yummy and highly complemented. However, they didn't come out of my greased muffin tins very easily and most didn't retain their nest shape. I think my mix was a little too dry. I put them in little 2 oz plastic cups, which worked well, and allowed people to take home a couple of cups with lids after dinner. I might try with my macaroon recipe next time. Cute idea!

  9. Tried these out today for an Easter treat but unfortunately they did not come out of my mini muffin tin nicely at all – not sure what went wrong, since I followed the recipe to the letter. Taste was great though!

  10. Awesome recipe!!! I'm so excited to put these out for easter desert tomorrow surrounding my coconut cake!

  11. I tired these. They taste very good, but next time I would use mini muffin paper cups. Many of them stuck to the bottom and I lost about 8 of them. I used a non stick pan and sprayed it. Otherwise, very cute and tasty. Too tasty!

    • I LOVE how easy they are and how they taste. However, I had the same release issue even though I oiled non-stick muffin tins. Next time the paper cups. This is otherwise a keeper!!

  12. Can the Coconut be dyed green first?

  13. These are wonderful. Mixture looked a bit dry as I was stirring it on the cooker top so I added butter. Poured melted chocolate an chocolate sprinklies over them. Wish I could post a photo. They look so cute.

  14. Can these be made the day before? Or do you recommend making them the day of?

    Thanks! They look great!

  15. When do you add the salt?

  16. I accidentally didn't add the salt because it didn't say when to add it so I completely forgot about it. Do you add it with the coconut mixture when it's in the pot?

  17. How long can you store them?

  18. Can these be filled in with some kind of custard/curd/pudding?

    • Your custard might seep through. I'd recommend "painting" the inside of the nest with melted chocolate and letting it harden, then filling with your choice of custard/curd 🙂

  19. I bought Egg Beaters whites to make these. I hope it works! What do you think?!

    • I think they'd work. Typically you need real eggs when you're whipping them, as Egg Beaters don't fluff up the same way. But I've found that they work just as well when you'll be cooking them (either stovetop or baking). Good luck!

  20. My daughter wants to know if these are gluten free?

  21. Can you use dried coconut flakes?

  22. Love, love, love the looks of these! And I am a big fan of mini eggs as well, the perfect little treat 😀 I hope you have a lovely Easter Gina 🙂 xx

  23. Children will love them so much!

  24. How cute are these!? Definitely going to make them for Easter!

  25. Could one make these using unsweetened coconut?…In France..I am only able to obtain the desiccated, unsweetened version? Could some sort of liquid sweetness be added if not the right consistency for the nests to "hold together"?
    Thanks for any potential solutions!

    • I found a note on a website called Everyday Life that suggests moistening each 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut with 1 Tbsp. hot water, allow it to stand 10 min. before adding the coconut to the recipe, and adding 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar to the recipe for each 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut you use. I hope that helps! 🙂 – Sheri

      • Thanks Sheri! I won’t use the sweetened kind from the grocery because of the chemicals in it (I won’t eat anything with propylene glycol in it). Your response about the water and sugar added to the dry coconut is something I will try.

  26. Ok, cutest thing I've seen in ages!

    the show TheKitchen had nests made with chocolate covered pretzel sticks, and I though they were adorable, but yours are even better!

  27. when do you add the pinch of salt? I assume w/ the sugar and egg whites?

  28. We have a peanut/treenut allergy here – what would be good to substitue the almond extract for?

    • I have often just used vanilla extract in place of almond in various recipes. I have not made the macaroons, but vanilla has always worked for me when I haven't had almond. – Sheri

    • Try the artificial almond extract!

  29. These macaroon nests look so cute. I could stare at them all day, but eat them I must.

  30. These look great for Easter! Just gotta pick up some mini eggs. Thank you for your inspiration. Your website has changed my life. 🙂

  31. Look yummy! What is the point value without the eggs?

  32. What an adorable idea! I never would have thought of using macaroons to make nests like this, but it looks like it works really well 🙂

  33. These look so cute! I just hope they taste as good as they look!

  34. I tried the MS ones too and wasn't impressed, despite how cute they looked. I will give your recipe a try! I was also planning to play around with trying to do a chocolate version, although I don't know how I would really go about doing that.

  35. These look like so much fun, my boys would love them! Thanks for sharing