Coconut Macaroon Nests a classic dessert recipe for celebrating spring and Easter | Inspired by Charm

I have loved sweetened coconut for as long as I can remember. When I was a boy, if I had a craving for something sweet, I would sometimes go into my Mom’s baking cabinet and sneak a pinch of coconut from the bag. Into my mouth, that coconut would go. After sucking out all of the sweetness, I would chew what was left. It was pure bliss! (This might be one of the reasons I was a chubby little kid. I literally sucked the sugar out of coconut. Ha! Oh well.)

To this day, I cannot pass on a coconut dessert. (Coconut cupcakes and coconut cream pie are two of my faves.) I also love me some toasted coconut macaroons. They are quite easy to bake, which makes them even more appealing. That’s why today I thought we’d whip up some Coconut Macaroon Nests. With thoughts of spring and Easter in the air, it only seems fitting.

Coconut Macaroon Nests a classic dessert recipe for celebrating spring and Easter | Inspired by Charm

I realize that these aren’t anything out of the ordinary, but sometimes basic is best. These little coconut nests have become a classic spring dessert for obvious reasons. They are a cinch to make, they taste delicious, and they look adorable.

To make them, coconut is mixed with egg whites and a touch of extra sweetness. Tucked and pressed into mini muffin pans to resemble mini nests, they are quickly baked until perfectly browned.

Coconut Macaroon Nests a classic dessert recipe for celebrating spring and Easter | Inspired by Charm

Coconut Macaroon Nests a classic dessert recipe for celebrating spring and Easter | Inspired by Charm

Once they’ve cooled, you add a touch of melted white chocolate to each nest as “glue” and then tuck in a few candy eggs for color and crunch.

Coconut Macaroon Nests a classic dessert recipe for celebrating spring and Easter | Inspired by Charm

You can use any type of candy egg you prefer: candy coated chocolate, jelly beans, Jordan almonds, or malted-milk eggs, to name a few options. I filled some of my nests with jelly beans and some with malted-milk eggs. After all, variety is the spice of life!


Coconut Macaroon Nests a classic dessert recipe for celebrating spring and Easter | Inspired by Charm

Coconut Macaroon Nests a classic dessert recipe for celebrating spring and Easter | Inspired by Charm

And that’s it, my friends. I told you this dessert is simple. These nests are a classic, tasty, and fun treat for spring that your guests are sure to love.

Coconut Macaroon Nests a classic dessert recipe for celebrating spring and Easter | Inspired by Charm

Coconut Macaroon Nests

Makes about 30

Here's what you will need:
4 egg whites
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (14 ounces) sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted
70-90 mini candy eggs

Begin by preheating your oven to 300 degrees F. Coat the cups in a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and set the pan aside.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs whites, salt, and sugar. Then, with a fork, mix in the coconut.

Drop 2 tablespoons of the coconut mixture into each prepared mini muffin cup.

Lightly press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of each cup. (Use your thumb or a wine cork.) Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until lightly golden on top. (Loosely place a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the pan if the coconut starts to brown too quickly.)

Let the nests cool in the tins on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then run a spatula around the edges of the muffin cups to loosen the nests. Carefully lift out the nests and allow them to cool completely.

With the melted chocolate in a piping bag (or plastic baggie with a corner cut off), pipe a small amount of chocolate into each nest. Add 2 or 3 candy eggs and press them gently to secure.

Pack and store in an air-tight container.

Print

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living.

Coconut Macaroon Nests a classic dessert recipe for celebrating spring and Easter | Inspired by Charm

Coconut Macaroon Nests a classic dessert recipe for celebrating spring and Easter | Inspired by Charm

If you’ve never tried making Coconut Macaroon Nests for spring or Easter, I definitely recommend giving them a try. They’ll make a beautiful and tasty addition to your seasonal entertaining.

Enjoy!

If you like these Coconut Macaron Nests, then I think you’ll love my Easter Dessert Kabobs. Aren’t they adorable?

Easter Dessert Kabobs - Spring / Easter rainbow dessert recipe ideas | Inspired by Charm

These creative and colorful kabobs are a fun way to serve dessert for spring or Easter. You can learn how I made them by clicking HERE.

Comments

  • Lisa B at

    Aww, Michael, your post about eating coconut when you were younger reminded me that when I was a child, my sister and I used to steal my father’s hidden can of coconut(he too is a HUGE coconut fan) and hide behind the sofa to scarf it up! Love anything coconut, and will for sure be making these soon!

  • sarah at

    These look perfect for a potluck I have coming up (simple to make, high impact). Any idea if you can freeze them?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Mine are in the freezer now in hopes I can use them for Easter. I’ll have to get back to you on how they are after they thaw.

      xo Michael

  • Ronda at

    These are adorable!

  • Shadani Group at

    Interesting recipe for children . The must like this as it is really colorful and Representative.

  • Theresa @DearCreatives at

    Hi, These scream Easter & spring! I love coconut macaroons. Why doesn’t anyone else in my house? I bet these are amazing. Pinned them in case we spend Easter with others & then I can make them! Other wise I’d eat them all myself. lol Love your site btw.

  • Linda at

    how do you melt the chips? Microwave? In a double boiler? Are directions on the pkg? Do you add anything to the chips?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You can melt them however you prefer. I used a microwave for this recipe (at 30 second intervals), but a double boiler works great too. And no, just the melted chips.

      xo Michael

  • Sharon at

    Thankyou so much for this wonderful idea!! I will make these my place card holders for Easter dinner. You have the best and cutest ideas!

  • Suzin at

    I adore any kind of coconut Michael, but that little touch of chocolate inside the nest … just golden! Thanx for sharing 🙂

  • Yeeling at

    Absolutely love everything coconut. These look so cute, delicious and definitely perfect as small bites for guests! Thanks for sharing these!

    Love from Singapore,
    Yeeling

    http://artelounge.net | An Online Space for Travel + Inspiration

  • Maureen at

    Have you ever tried dipping the bottoms in melted dark chocolate? A favourite bakery does that with this macaroons and it is so delicious! I may try it with these.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! I have seen that. I actually thought about it, but I liked the look of the nests without them. I’ll have to whip up some regular macaroons for that. Ha!

      xo Michael

      • Pieri at

        I’ll be making these for Easter….wonderful to look at and delicious to eat!!!
        Thank you!

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          You’re welcome! 🙂

          xo Michael

  • heather (delicious not gorgeous) at

    is it easter yet?! and i like that these aren’t sweetened condensed milk based like other macaroons i’ve made before (tasty, but a bit sweet).

  • Chantal at

    Oh my gosh these are insanely cute! Great idea and undoubtedly yummy ?
    This would make a cute easter gift for the nieces and nephew. Save your egg cartons and place a nest in each pocket. One could even alternate..3 larger candy eggs + 3 nests per carton! Love it! Thanks Michael ?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! I love those ideas. I’ll definitely give them a try next time I whip up a batch of these.

      xo Michael

  • jane patterson at

    Can you color the coconut green?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Sure! Just add the coloring into your egg whites.

      xo Michael

  • Julia at

    These are adorable, easy to make and so yummy! Keeper! Thank you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re welcome! Glad you like them!

      xo Michael

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