Chocolate Macaroon Nests

This chocolate bird nests cookies recipe is an easy and simple delicious Easter treat that includes coconut and chocolate, topped with festive jelly beans for eggs. Chocolate Macaroon Nests are so cute!

easter chocolate macaroon nests

Chocolate Macaroon Nests

Easter is one of those holidays that centers around making and sharing the best in meals in food. Our Easter is spent with the family with a morning egg hunt, some fun crafts, and ends with one remarkable ham dinner and delicious treats pretty much all day long.

After such a long winter, this holiday represents ‘fresh’ for myself. It’s the start of green grass {the fake kind in baskets} and all the pastels colours you can handle. 

As with many other holidays, we do a little baking during the Easter season – mainly in the themes of eggs, bunnies and chicks. The kids always request my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Eater Eggs for easter recipes, they are like cookie dough and so soft!

In keeping the the theme this year, we made a wonderful Easter treat to count down to the holiday and the start of Spring. I wanted somehting different besides my must-loved and ever-popular Funfetti Cake Mic Cookies.

chocolate macaroon nests easter treat

Chocolate Macaroon Nests is a recipe from the Kraft Canada website, one which caught my eye for being just too cute and so incredibly easy. I mean, look at the cute cute little bird nests!

Plus, I love recipes like this, that I can bundle up in little packages and share with family and friends. These are a fun easter treat that that is also an easy recipe to make, and make a great choice for class parties.

The nest shape is perfect for Easter, such a festive treat. These are always a huge hit.


How to Make this Chocolate Bird Nests Cookies Recipe

You’ll need the following simple ingredients to make this easter nests recipe. the full detailed instructions and simple steps are on the printable recipe card below.

  • Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • flaked coconut
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • vanilla extract
  • jelly beans
  • semi sweet chocolate
chocolate macaroon nests coconut easter recipe

To Make: Heat oven to 325ºF. Combine dry pudding mix, coconut, milk and vanilla into a large bowl. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls, 1 inch apart, into 30 mounds on parchment paper covered baking sheets.

Bake cookies for 12 to 15 min. or until firm. Immediately transfer macaroons from baking sheets to wire racks; press 3 jelly beans into top of each. Cool completely.

Melt chocolate as directed on package, in a large microwave-safe bowl heating in 20 second intervals to avoid burning. Dip bottoms of macaroons in chocolate; place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Let stand until chocolate is firm and they are room temperature.

The result is bird’s nest cookies and a fun treat, with a firm bottom and little chocolate eggs or jelly bean eggs in the middle for bird eggs in chocolate nests!


Bird’s Nest Macaroons Variations:

  • You can also use Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding instead of chocolate to make white chocolate macaroon nests. Try almond extract for a different flavour.
  • Add in some butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips for a new flavour.
  • Instead of jelly beans, try this recipe with cadbury mini eggs or peanut butter m&m in the little nests. I personally love chocolate candy eggs, cadbury eggs are my weakness. You really can use favorite easter candy.

Storing Information: Place birds nest cookies in an airtight container or cookie tin, for up to two weeks. For best results, keep refrigerated.


You need few ingredients to make these Chocolate Macaroon Nests, and the result is adorable little nest bundles that are not only pleasing to the eye, but insanely delicious.

If you are contributing a treat to the school class, or want an impressive treat at your dinner table this Easter, this recipe is for you! You’ll appreciate this easiest easter treat, it’s the perfect themed sweet treat.

I also suggest my Glazed lemon Cookies, now these are insanely delicious as well and have that springtime feel.

What Easter treats are your favourite?


Chocolate Macaroon Nests
easter chocolate macaroon nests

Chocolate Macaroon Nests

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Chocolate Macaroon Nests are an easy and simple delicious Easter treat that includes coconut and chocolate, topped with festive jelly beans for eggs. Cute!

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding, 4-serving size
  • 2-2/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 2/3 cup canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 90 mini jelly beans, about 1/2 cup
  • 4 oz Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325ºF.
  2. Combine dry pudding mix, coconut, milk and vanilla. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls, 1 inch apart, into 30 mounds on parchment-covered baking sheets.
  3. Bake 12 to 15 min. or until firm. Immediately transfer macaroons from baking sheets to wire racks; press 3 jelly beans into top of each. Cool completely.
  4. Melt chocolate as directed on package. Dip bottoms of macaroons in chocolate; place on waxed paper. Let stand until chocolate is firm.

Notes

VARIATION
Prepare using 1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding and almond extract.
SUBSTITUTE
Prepare using Baker's White Chocolate.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK
Store leftover sweetened condensed milk in tightly covered container in refrigerator up to 1 week. Serve over cut-up fruit or hot cooked oatmeal. Or for extra flavour, stir into your cup of hot brewed coffee or tea instead of regular milk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 24 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 11gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

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66 Comments

  1. These will most definitely be made for our Easter get together. They look adorable and delicious!

    1. OMG! So funny! I’ve Never heard anyone but my husband say this! LOL only he tells my kids in his wrestler voice ” You! Get it my belly” I’ll be sure to let him know he is not the only one using this line! ????

  2. These little chocolate nests are adorable and perfect for spring and Easter! Love them! Pinning and saving for later!

  3. Oh my goodness, these sound delicious. I love Macaroons and yet somehow never thought of making them myself. I love how you put them into nests. How fun

  4. These are so cute. Plus, they look delicious! I wish I could just reach into the computer and pull one out, haha.

  5. This would be a fun treat to make with my daughter! And perfect for Easter too!

  6. Those look great! You have three of the best ingredients on the planet: coconut, chocolate, and jelly beans. Yum!

  7. I love simple, themed ideas like these. I bet they would be good as an Easter dinner dessert for the kiddos!

  8. Yum! I bet my kids would pick out the jellybeans on all of them and leave me the rest LOL

  9. Oh my these look super delicious! They are really cute too for an Easter treat.Thank you for this splendid idea that I love. 🙂

  10. I love this idea. I am always looking for a creative ideas to use around this season. I will have to use these with the kids I work with, I know they are going to really enjoy them.

  11. These are adorable. I need to make a treat to bring to the inlaws house for Easter and I think my kids would enjoy helping make these.

  12. These are so cute! I am adding them to my baking list for Easter, thanks for the recipe!

  13. These look good and they looked like they were actually harder to make then what the recipe says, I could totally make these..lol

  14. These are super cute & easy sounding to make! I think I would replace the jelly beans with Mini Eggs though 🙂

  15. These look delicious, and so simple! They’ve inspired me to try making “nests” using my mom’s no-bake chocolate cookie recipe. Thanks!

  16. These are so cute , i wanna make them for my grandson for Easter Thanks for sharing ,

  17. These look so yummy and so fun to bake with the kids! I think since we are not huge fans of jelly beans that we would use mini eggs instead. What flavor of pudding should I use, or does it matter?

  18. These look delicious. My mom made something similar but with Chinese clusters. These would be so much softer.

  19. These sound so cool – I had thought they were like Chocolate Macaroons that I make but they aren’t and I am off to try to make them, even though it isn’t easter!

    M

  20. These sound so cool – I had thought they were like Chocolate Macaroons that I make but they aren’t and I am off to try to make them, even though it isn’t easter! I’m sure I could fill them with chocolate covered mini eggs and they’d disappear!

    M

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