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Bird’s Nest Cookies

Bird’s Nest Cookies are a fun and festive treat that are perfect for an Easter Celebration! This macaroon cookie recipe is also versatile and can be made for any special celebration.

Bird's Nest Cookies on a white wood background with a glass of milk.

We have had some serious winter weather over the past few days here in Maine. It started out with a snow storm on Thursday changing over to an icy mess. Of course school ended up being canceled for the kids on Friday. Typically we try to get outside and enjoy a snow day, but it was entirely too slippery and dangerous to be outdoors.  So, we hunkered down inside and played some board games…did I mention the internet was out? That was actually a blessing! After a few rounds of Family Trivial Pursuit, I decided to do a little baking with the kids. We ended up making Bird’s Nest Cookies, which we had not made since last Easter. These festive macaroon cookies are so easy to make and they are always a hit for Easter or any other holiday celebration!

Bird’s Nest Cookies

Side angle photo of coconut macaroon cookies with mini Cadbury eggs.

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What ingredients do I need for the Bird’s Nest Cookies?

There are just seven simple ingredients in this colorful holiday cookie recipe. You will need: 

Ingredients for macaroon nest cookies.

How do I make the Bird’s Nest Cookies?

These colorful cookies are super easy to make! There are just a few simple steps to create this Easter themed treat. Start out by preheating the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Then, add the coconut, condensed milk, salt and almond extract to a medium bowl and stir until combined.

Coconut and egg whites in a glass bowl.

Next, place egg whites in a large bowl and use a beater to beat eggs until stiff white peaks have formed.

Egg whites in a glass bowl.

Gently fold the egg white mixture into the coconut mixture.

Egg whites being stirred into coconut mixture in a large glass owl.

Drop generous tablespoonfuls about I inch apart onto a prepared baking sheet. Press your thumb into the center of each cookie to shape a bird’s nest. 

Bird's nest cookies on a baking tray ready to bake.

Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until set and delicate brown. Then remove and cool on a wire rack.

Bird's Nest cookies fresh out of the oven on a baking sheet.

While the cookies are cooling, place white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Drizzle white chocolate into the center of the cookies and place 3 mini eggs on top and allow to set until white chocolate hardens. 

Cadbury eggs, white chocolate and coconut cookies on a wire rack.

Serve and enjoy!

Bird's nest cookies with mini Cadbury eggs in the center on a wire rack.

What else can I use for the Bird’s Nest Eggs?

These delicious Bird’s Nest Cookies can be made any time of year, not just at Easter. However, the mini Cadbury eggs can be tough to find when it is not the “Easter Season”.  So, there are several alternatives you can use. Jelly beans work great for eggs in the nest. Other seasonal candies can be substituted in the nest, like candy corn at Halloween or red hot candies for Valentine’s Day. Get creative and mix things up! 

Looking for more great cookie recipes? Give these delicious treats a try!

How do I store the Bird’s Nest Cookies?

The cookies can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Bird’s Nest Cookies

5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bird's Nest Cookies, Easter Cookies, Macarons, Macaroons
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 32 Cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside
  • Put the coconut, condensed milk, salt and almond extract in a medium bowl. Stir until combined and set aside.
  • In a large bowl use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.
  • Drop generous tablespoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Press your thumb into the center of the cookie to form the shape of a nest.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until set and delicate brown.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 second intervals stirring between them until the chips have melted.
  • Drizzle some melted chocolate into the macaroon nest and place 3 of the mini eggs on top.

Notes

The Bird's Nest Cookies will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.

Close-up of Bird's Nest Cookies with mini Cadbury eggs in the center.

So Tell Me…

What is your favorite thing to do on a snow day? Have you ever made Bird’s Nest Cookies? Do you have an Easter recipe that is a family favorite? 

Thank you so much for stopping by. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great week!

 

 

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Leslie

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

What an absolute adorable recipe for Easter! My kids would love helping with this one! So sweet!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

These are so cute! So fun for spring.

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Wednesday 12th of February 2020

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Shayla

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Oh my goodness, these are SO DARLING! I love them!