Easter Bird Nest Treats

For Easter this year, my parents decided to host brunch at their house, rather than go out and eat.  Since brunch would be at home this year, everyone decided to contribute to the spread.

The Englishman was already making lamb chops and his Easy Irish Soda Bread, but I felt I should contribute to the feast as well.  After spending way too many hours looking at delicious Easter desserts on Pinterest, I finally decided on these adorable Macaroon Nutella Nests from Two Peas and their Pod.

This recipe is really easy to make and the result is so cute!  I followed it exactly, except subbing Nutella for an organic cocoa spread I found at Whole Foods (I love Nutella, just couldn’t find it).

These treats would be a perfect addition to anyone’s Easter Basket.

Easter Bird Nest Treats (original recipe here)

Ingredients:

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut
1 cup organic cocoa spread
Robin Chocolate Eggs (I used the Whole Foods brand)

Directions:

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

2. In a large bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract, and salt.  Mix until combined.  Add in the shredded coconut.

3. Scoop up the dough with a spoon and place dough on the parchment paper.  Form the cookies into the shape of a nest (mine started more as a round ball) and then gently press down the center with your thumb.  Don’t press too hard or the cookie will start to fall apart.

4. Bake cookies for 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and press your thumb down in the center of the nests again.  Again, do this as gently as possible to form a nice little thumbprint in the middle of the cookie.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then move to a cooking rack or a plate.

5. Once cookies are cool,  place about a tablespoon of cocoa spread in the center of each nest. Place 2-3 egg candies in the center of the nest. *Note: My cookies weren’t quite cooled enough yet and some of the candy eggs ended up getting cracks down the middle.*

Once the treats are finished, either serve immediately, or store in a Tupperware container for up to 3 days.

Happy Easter!

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