Macaroon Easter Nest Recipe

Easter is quickly approaching, so we’ve been having fun in the kitchen as we look for cute ideas to entertain the kids at Easter Brunch. My mom came up with this adorable Easter basket made with her chocolate macaroon recipe.

Chocolate macaroons are essentially refrigerator cookies, so they’re really easy and quick to make. The secret is to get your sugar mixture to a roaring boil in the pot before adding the oatmeal and coconut. If it doesn’t, the macaroons won’t harden as much as you’d like them to.

Chocolate Macaroon Bird's Nests








Here is the recipe:

Macaroon Easter Bird’s Nests

Makes: about 40 cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 5 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


    1. Put a large pot on the stove. Add the butter and melt. Stir in the milk and sugar.
    2. Bring the sugar mixture to a roaring boil and let it boil for several minutes.
    3. Remove the pot from the stove. Stir in the oatmeal and coconut. Mix well.
    4. To make one large Easter nest: Put a piece of wax paper on a baking sheet. Spoon about half of the mixture onto the paper. Use  a spoon to shape the mixture into a basket shape. It will be hot, so won’t want to use your hands. Keep it looking rough and natural. Refrigerate until cool.

You could also make mini nests and fill them with pink and blue chocolate eggs. Cute and impressive on a brunch table.

For the egg and coconut color, we experimented with fruit. We boiled some blueberries for the blue and some cherries for the red. Then we dipped the egg and coconut in the dye. The colors aren’t as vibrant as synthetic dyes, but they are all natural and have a soft, pastel tone to them. Quite pretty!

Have you ever colored eggs with an all-natural dye? Leave a comment below and let us know what worked for you. We’re still experimenting!


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Nicole L'Esperance loves to cook from scratch. She is the co-author of the Easy Recipes from Scratch cookbooks found on

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