Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests

This is a quick and easy Easter dessert recipe for coconut macaroons filled with Nutella and topped with peanut M&M’s to look like a bird’s nest and eggs.

Spring has sprung and you know what that means:  spring cleaning, baseball, tank tops, Easter bunnies, and well.. allergies for many people, including me a little bit this year.  Bleh.  I really love spring.  I can’t tell you how happy I am that winter is over and spring is finally here! (Even though we hardly can call what we had here in Rochester a winter!)

Well, somehow Easter has snuck up on me and is now just a few days away!  This coconut macaroon nutella nests recipe is a wonderful cookie recipe for any Easter celebration.  They are the perfect  addition to your Easter table or a spring party!  They are moist, festive,  tasty, rich, chewy,  and most importantly, cute!  So, so cute… and a fun treat to have on the table for Easter dessert.  They don’t have to be Easter specific, however.  The pastel colors are cute for spring, in general.  Enjoy and let me know what you think!  I think that I will make these a yearly tradition in my home.

What are some Easter traditions in your family?

INGREDIENTS:

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups sweetened coconut
1 cup Nutella
“Bunny Mix” Peanut M&M’s (or other Easter candy)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

In a large bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until combined.

Add in the coconut and mix well.

With a spoon, scoop up about 2-3 Tablespoons of the dough and place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Form the cookies into the shape of a bird nest. Press down the center with your thumb.

Bake cookies for 17 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and press your thumb down in the center of the nests again (be careful not to burn yourself).

Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes or until they are firm and set. Remove with a spatula onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.

Place about a tablespoon of Nutella in the center of each nest.

Place 3 egg candies in the center of the each nest and then they are ready to serve!

Note: you can make these a couple of days in advance. Store in an air tight container on the counter.

Recipe source: adapted from twopeasandtheirpod.com

 

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

26 Responses to “Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests”

  1. Tiffany C
    April 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM #

    Very cute and easy! I used this recipe as my first attempt at macaroons, and everyone went back for more!

    • April 7, 2012 at 5:24 PM #

      That’s awesome! This was my first attempt at macaroons, also. They were a lot easier than I expected!

  2. April 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM #

    So pretty! These look mighty tasty and quick to make.

    • April 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM #

      They were a lot easier to make than I thought they would be (this was my first attempt at macaroons). Thanks for the comment!

  3. April 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM #

    Wow! How cute are these cookies. They combine all of my favorite things- especially nutella!

    • April 11, 2012 at 5:13 PM #

      Thanks for the nice comment, Jennie!

  4. April 14, 2012 at 3:22 PM #

    lovely will be trying them soon :-)

    • April 15, 2012 at 2:20 AM #

      I hope you like them! Thanks for commenting!

  5. April 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM #

    ooo really cute! :)

  6. May 1, 2012 at 2:24 AM #

    Love coconut macaroons and these are way too cute! :)

  7. May 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM #

    Hey! Just wanted to come back after seeing this recipe and let you know how much I loved it! I made it for my family at Easter and it was a hit. Here’s a link to my photos of the macaroons I made. http://julielavelle.com/blog/13500896/easter2012

    • May 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM #

      Thanks for letting me know! I’m so glad you all liked them :)

  8. June 3, 2012 at 9:07 PM #

    Spring is by far my favorite season! Fall is a close second, but I just love the feeling of new beginnings that arrive with Spring. These look delicious!

    • June 4, 2012 at 1:38 AM #

      Thank you! And thanks for commenting!

  9. Riley
    March 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM #

    Does anyone know how many they make?

    • March 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM #

      Hi Riley, This made about 10 “nests” for me. Thanks for visiting my page!

  10. March 28, 2013 at 8:53 AM #

    Hi Ashley! These are beautiful!

    • March 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM #

      Thanks, Jenna! I love the spring colors this time of year.

  11. March 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM #

    I do so agree. Springtime IS the best season.
    These special Easter cookies look so tempting and cute!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • March 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM #

      Thanks, Daniela! Happy Easter!

  12. April 8, 2013 at 9:22 PM #

    SO CUTE! I want to dive into that pile :)

    • April 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM #

      LOL Thanks, Averie!

  13. Marlene Schmitt
    March 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM #

    These look so delish! I love macaroons and am definitely going to try these. My 64 yr. old brother is in a Alzheimer nursing home and when I visit him I’ll take these for the nurses! (That is if I don’t eat them all before hand)! Lol

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