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Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests

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Classic macaroons are easily transformed into these festive Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests with just a few simple steps! The coconut lovers in your life will adore these holiday cookies. 

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Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests

I have a bit of a crush on coconut desserts, so it’s no surprise I came up with an Easter treat featuring one of my favorite cookies, macaroons. These coconut macaroon Easter nests started with Alice Medrich’s classic macaroon recipe.

Using a generous scoop to form the balls in order to get a sizable nest, I created a well right in the center while they were hot and pliable. The filling is up to you, but I made it easy by using a jar of fudge sauce I was gifted over the holidays. Lemon curd is another fun idea—especially if topped with jelly bean eggs! I tried loads of different Easter egg candies, but thought these Cadbury Mini EggsCadbury Mini Eggs looked the best.Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests filled with fudge sauce and topped with chocolate eggs! #coconut #cookies #macaroons

Tips for Making These Easter Cookies

  • Use your favorite macaroon recipe if you like.  Many folks love the easy version using a can of sweetened condensed milk which would work fine.
  • Make the cookies a little larger than your normal macaroons. This is so you can fit some filling and 3 candy eggs into the divot you form in the center.
  • Mix and match your fillings and candies. I almost made a small batch of chocolate buttercream frosting, but decided on an easy, store bought alternative. As stated above, lemon curd is a nice spring option, too.
  • Be careful what candies you top on which fillings. I had some Reese’s peanut butter eggs that might not have paired well with lemon curd.
  • You’ll want to form the nest when the cookies are fresh out of the oven. I used the back of a measuring spoon. It stuck a bit at times, but since the well was going to be filled, it really didn’t matter.
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Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests on a small plate

Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests

Classic macaroons are easily transformed into these festive Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests with just a few simple steps! The coconut lovers in your life will adore these holiday cookies.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Cookies, Holiday

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 cups sweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Adams’ vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar premium fudge sauce (you won’t need it all)
  • Candy Easter eggs, I used Cadbury Mini Eggs

Instructions

Line two baking sheets with parchment. Set aside.

Fill skillet halfway with water and bring to a simmer. In heatproof bowl, combine all ingredients and place bowl into skillet. Cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes, till mixture thickens and becomes opaque. Remove bowl from water and let cool for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350º.

Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of batter (I used a large cookie scoop) and place about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake for about 5 minutes, then decrease oven temperature to 325º and bake till cookies are lightly browned with some darker edges, 10-15 more minutes.

Remove from oven and use a spatula to tap the edges of the cookies to make a more circular shape. Then take a measuring spoon and made an indentation in the center. Keep in mind the size of egg candies you want to place in the nests.

Cool completely on a wire rack.

Fill the center of each cookie with a generous spoonful of fudge sauce. Garnish with egg shaped candies.  Store in the refrigerator to keep fudge firm.

Notes

This classic macaroon recipe from Alice Medrich is the perfect base for these Easter cookies.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
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24 comments on “Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests”

  1. I love coconut macaroon…so much more than French macarons.. These easter nests are so beautiful, festive and very delicious too. Happy Spring, Liz!

  2. So nice and gentle … Thank you Liz ! Enjoy the holidays !

  3. They turned out cute and look great on your skinny rectangular dish! Happy Easter Weekend Liz:@)

  4. OMG, that’s so pretty, dear! xoxo

  5. Outstanding! I LOVE this recipe and your beautiful presentation. This is the kind of cookie I like to make for the Easter holiday.

  6. One of my husband’s favorites!

  7. Another super adorable Easter creation Liz!

  8. One of my favorite Easter treats!

  9. Anything with coconut!

  10. Such adorable Easter nests, and the perfect way to indulge in more mini eggs! 🙂

  11. Cutest food EVER!

  12. Love this cute idea!

  13. Love these cookies! Those mini eggs are my ultimate weakness every year!

  14. Love these cookies! Those mini eggs are my ultimate weakness every year!

  15. Love coconut macaroons for being soft and chewy at the same time. Filled with chocolate sauce and decorated with chocolate eggs, they look pretty too!

  16. These are so cute, Liz!! I’d have to remember to leave some for the kids… 🙂

  17. These nests are so cute!

  18. What a fabulous cookie idea! Crunchy, chocolatey and delicious. How cute would these be in an Easter basket!

  19. These are fun cookies for Easter. I have a love for coconut too and coconut macaroons are one of my favorites. Liz, I wanted to wish a Happy Easter!

  20. Great dessert Liz! I’m the only coconut fan in our home but I’d have no problem having these to myself. Ironically, my favorite Easter dessert that I’ve only made 2-3 times is my mom’s Coconut Cake with Pineapple Filling.

  21. Cute idea! Our favorite Easter dessert is sour cream lemon pie.

  22. So festive and pretty! I love macaroons too and having the chocolate easter eggs in the centre just takes them up a notch or two! Happy Easter to you, Liz and your lovely family.

  23. These are just so cute and perfectly festive.

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