Sweet Treat: Easter Macaroon Birds’ Nests

7 Apr

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Just a quick and easy treat I forgot I wanted to share in time for Easter! I made these last weekend for an Easter Egg Hunt and I think they turned out really great. You can make them plain or chocolate (or both like I did!). And really, all things considered, they really aren’t that bad for you (well, at least the macaroons aren’t). Either way, they are an easy, perfect treat for the holiday weekend.

Coconut Macaroon Robins Nests

Ingredients:

2/3 cup sweetened fat free condensed milk
1 large egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups sweetened coconut
1/2 cup Nutella
2 TBSP cocoa powder (Optional)
1 bag/box of Robin’s Eggs (or other Easter candy)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
2. 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. If you want to make chocolate nests, mix in the cocoa powder at this time too.
3. 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.
4. Bake cookies for 15 to 17 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and press your thumb down in the center of the nests again. 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.
5. Fill a sandwich bag up with about ½ cup of Nutella. Snip the corner off with scissors and use the bag as a pastry bag to pipe about a TBSP of Nutella into the center of each nest. Place 3 egg candies in the center of the nest. Makes about one dozen.

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