Coconut Macaroon Nests

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These Coconut Macaroons shaped into nests and garnished with candy eggs are a delicious, sweet, and easy spring dessert!

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.  (This might be one of the reasons I was a chubby little kid. Ha! Oh well.)

Coconut Macaroon Nests:

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.

How to Make Coconut Macaroons:

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 eggs, 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 these coconut macaroons are 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

Want more Easter and spring dessert ideas? Check out:

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.

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

Coconut Macaroon Nest Recipe:

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut, easter, jelly beans, macaroon, spring
Servings: 30
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Decorating 2 mins
Total Time 47 mins
These Coconut Macaroons shaped into nests and garnished with candy eggs are a delicious, sweet, and easy spring dessert!

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (14 ounces) sweetened flaked coconut - 14 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips - melted
  • 70-90 mini candy eggs

Instructions

  • 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, lightly whisk together the eggs whites, salt, and sugar to combine. 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.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 92mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
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Comments

  • Elaine DiSanto at

    Hi, Michael…
    So, did they freeze well? How long did you have them in the freezer?
    Thanks!

  • Nelofar Shaik at

    The wonderful technique of using coconut. You nailed it.

    These tiny nest may help me in the upcoming potluck gatherings.

  • The Buzz Events at

    Thanks for sharing this amazing information it will be really helpful for me.
    I like all your post and I bookmark your website to see your latest post.

  • Camille Bauer at

    They stuck to the pan. Don’t know what I did wrong. And I was so foreward to having these cuties for my Easter dinner.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh bummer! I’m so sorry to hear they stuck.

      xo Michael

  • LW Koehler at

    I just finished making these to take to my daughter’s for Easter. They look fabulous! My husband sneaked one that didn’t come out as well and said that they taste good, too! Thanks for posting. They’re lots of fun!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Love that! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

      xo Michael

  • Kimber at

    Would I be able to use this recipe for a regular muffin tin? Would anything need be to doubled to account for the larger size?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It should work, the amount you get may just be different depending on the size of the pan.

      xo Michael

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