Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests

How adorable are these Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests?! They're so easy to make too!

These Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests are dipped in chocolate and are an absolutely adorable treat to make this Season!

How adorable are these Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests?! They're so easy to make too!

For some reason whenever I start to see Peeps at the grocery store I have to buy them.

My Aunt is known for being wildly in love with Peeps and always having a package or two in her house, so maybe it’s some sort of nostalgia for me? Last time I went to the grocery store a package just magically appeared in my cart, but I’m pretty sure my 4 year old had something to do with it.

How adorable are these Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests?! They're so easy to make too!

I had these adorable marshmallow Peeps staring at me, wanting to be made into something cute, and all I could think of was chocolate and coconut.

They’re my downfalls.

How adorable are these Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests?! They're so easy to make too!

I decided to make these adorable nests to give to some of my friends and my kid’s teachers for Easter! I ended up packaging them way cute in a cookie bag. One nest with an adorable Peep on top.

Oh my gosh, I just typed out Poop on accident! #AutocorrectFail

How adorable are these Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests?! They're so easy to make too!

So let me tell you about these macaroons. They’re so simple and so amazing guys!

I mixed together some sweetened coconut, a little sweetened condensed milk and a touch of almond extract. Then, to give these cookies some body without making them too heavy, I whipped up some egg whites until they were fluffy and then folded it into the coconut mixture.

How adorable are these Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests?! They're so easy to make too!

I used an ice cream scoop (about 4 tbsp size) and made large rounds. Once they were on the cookie sheet I gently pressed my finger in the middle to create a nest.

Off they went into the oven until they turned a light golden brown!

How adorable are these Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests?! They're so easy to make too!

Once they cooled I dipped the bottoms in chocolate and placed a few candy coated eggs in the nest.

I think they turned out adorable and seriously tasty! I couldn’t keep my hands off of them.

How adorable are these Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests?! They're so easy to make too!

Don’t forget the Peep! 🙂

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Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests

These Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests are dipped in chocolate and are an absolutely adorable treat to make this Season!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 30 min.
  • Cook Time: 27 min.
  • Total Time: 57 minutes
  • Yield: makes 12 nests 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 14 oz. sweetened flaked coconut
  • 7 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 large egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 oz. chocolate candy melts, melted according to package instructions
  • Candy coated chocolate easter eggs or Jelly beans
  • Peeps marshmallow Chicks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add the coconut, sweetened condensed milk and almond extract stirring until evenly combined.
  3. Place the egg whites and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer (a regular bowl and hand mixer will work too) fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the egg whites until medium peaks form. DO NOT OVER BEAT.
  4. Gently fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture and use an ice cream scoop (about 4 tbsp) to scoop out balls. Place the balls on the parchment lined baking sheet at least 2 inches apart and gently press your thumb in the center to create a nest. Bake for 25 to 27 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  5. Remove from baking sheet immediately to a cooling rack. Let cool completely.
  6. Dip the bottoms of the coconut macaroon nests into the chocolate and place on a sheet of parchment paper to dry. Fill each nest with the chocolate eggs (or jelly beans) and top with a Peeps marshmallow chick. Enjoy!

Keywords: coconut, macaroon, nests, candy, chocolate, marshmallow, jelly beans

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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
17 Responses
    1. You can make these several days in advance. Just store them in an air tight container. I prefer mine stored in the fridge, but they can also be stored at room temperature.

  1. Elizabeth

    I tried out this recipe and followed it carefully. The instructions say to whip egg whites to medium peak, which is what I did. However, medium peak is not enough to hold the mixture together. My mixture was runny and ended up in the trash. Your instructions should read stiff peaks, not medium. I have researched some other recipes for macaroons that use condensed milk and they all say to whip the egg whites to stiff peaks, which is what I will try next time.

    1. Hi Elizabeth. I’m sorry your macaroons didn’t work out. You’ll want to do medium peaks to stiff peaks. I say medium peaks so when you remove the beaters the peak will fall over but still hold it’s shape. Stiff peaks would mean the peak will stand up straight. Go go with medium here because most have a tendency to over beat and that will ruin the cookies.

    1. Hi Marisa, thanks for pointing that out! I forgot to put that in the instructions! You’ll just add the salt to the egg whites before whipping to medium peaks. I’ve updated the recipe. Thank you!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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