Easy Easter Bird’s Nest Cookies – Kid Friendly Recipe

Delicious cookies in the shape of a bird's nest. Perfect for Spring or an Easter gathering.

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We love cooking and creating fun things for our kids to eat in our house. This Easter treat is perfect for a Spring gathering.

My daughter loves throwing on her matching apron and mixing and scooping. So preparing for a fun 1st Birthday party, we made these super cute Bird’s Nest Cookies for our guests.

These are great for any springtime party or Easter get-together. My husband isn’t a huge sweets fan, but he LOVES these. Some people like to use chow mein noodles to make haystack cookies, but for these nests, I prefer long coconut. 

DSC04220 Gather all your ingredients (Some not shown) and preheat your oven to 300°F. DSC04223

Grab your little one to help you because this is a simple recipe that they can help you with. They love watching their creation start to take shape and turn into little nests.DSC04226

Stir two egg whites in a large mixing bowl. Add a pinch of salt and whisk the mixture until frothy. Let your little one do the mixing for a moment, and then you can do the fast stuff to make it frothy.  DSC04227Mix in your sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.

Fold in your coconut. Then fold in sugar and flour. Mix and make sure all of it is good and coated. DSC04231

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. With damp hands, put a heaping tablespoon on the lined pan. Push them together to make oval or round shapes. Then form it into a nest but pushing into the center. Make sure it’s all still touching and that you can fit one or two candies inside. DSC04233

Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. I’ve seen other recipes add chocolate to the inside of the nest to make the candies stay, but we like them just the way they are. Less messy too. Easy Easter Bird's Nest Dessert - Kid Friendly RecipeTake your candy eggs (we used Cadbury Mini Robin Eggs because they look so real, but any chocolate eggs or even jelly beans would work) and place them in the nest. This was my daughter’s favorite part.

Bird’s Nest Dessert (Macaroons)

Easter Bird's Nest Cookies Macaroons

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 10
Calories 232 kcal

What you will need

  • 2 large egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Bag unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs


  • Preheat oven to 300°
  • Separate egg whites in a large bowl and add the pinch of salt, whisk until frothy
  • Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and mix well
  • Fold in coconut then sugar and flour
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • With wet hands place a heaping tablespoon onto the lined cookie sheet
  • Push together and then push your finger into the center to form little nests big enough to hold your candy
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown
  • After they cool completely place your candy inside the nest
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    • No the recipe is correct. This makes them easier to mold into the nest shapes. Trust me try it they taste fantastic!My whole neighborhood let me know.

  1. I made these, and about 15 minutes into the cooking process, I looked in and noticed that all the Condensed milk had come out, and was just sitting around the nests.

  2. I love how easy the recipe is! I was looking on Pinterest and I came across this recipe and another and I have plans to make these tonight! Can’t wait!


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