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Coconut Macaroon Nests

Coconut Macaroon Nests – fill with your favorite candy, or use jelly beans or Easter eggs for a fun holiday treat.

Coconut Macaroon Nests - fill with your favorite candy, or use jelly beans or Easter eggs for a fun holiday treat.

Easter is right around the corner so when I saw these coconut nests, I couldn't resist trying them.

Really though, it was just an excuse to buy jelly beans.

I intended to buy chocolate eggs as that is the candy featured in the original recipe, but I couldn't resist the “gourmet jelly bean” bag as I passed it in Trader Joe's.

I think at least 50% of my purchases at that store are impulse buys and I don't think I'm alone. Must learn their marketing secrets.

Coconut Macaroon Nests - fill with your favorite candy, or use jelly beans or Easter eggs for a fun holiday treat.

From my experience, there are two types of jelly bean eaters.

One type eats them by the handful, and the other type picks out their favorite flavors and eats them one by one. (Or rather, picks out their least favorite flavors one by one first.)

Luckily with this brand I like all the flavors – well, except the licorice – but at least I don't have to worry about getting a weird buttered popcorn flavor mixed in and ruin it all.

Technically I guess there's a third type, people who don't like jelly beans at all. So for you guys, you can pick your favorite candy to throw in these nests. Maybe get those chocolate eggs I meant to get.

Or I'm sure there will be another impulse option near checkout if you go to Trader Joe's.

Coconut Macaroon Nests - fill with your favorite candy, or use jelly beans or Easter eggs for a fun holiday treat.

I made these in a regular muffin pan, though if you have a mini-muffin pan they'd be even cuter. Or you can just put a dollop on the pan and press them down like a thumbprint cookie before you bake.

The original recipe had the ingredients cooked together on the stove beforehand, but I skipped that and it worked just fine. I'm all about time saving here 😉

Need more Easter recipe ideas? Check out this list of 40+ vegetarian Easter mains, sides, and desserts.

Yield: 10 nests

Coconut Macaroon Nests

Coconut Macaroon Nests - fill with your favorite candy, or use jelly beans or Easter eggs for a fun holiday treat.

Coconut Macaroon Nests - fill with your favorite candy, or use jelly beans or Easter eggs for a fun holiday treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup egg whites, (from 5 eggs)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 10 ounces sweetened coconut flakes
  • jelly beans or other candy, for filling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together egg whites, sugar and coconut flakes together.
  3. Spray a muffin pan with oil to prevent sticking.
  4. Add a heaping tablespoon of coconut mixture into each tin and use the back of the spoon press mixture in and make the nests.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes or until browned. (If using a mini muffin pan, will take less time. Check after 15 minutes.)
  6. Once cooled, fill with jelly beans or other candy as desired.

Notes

Recipe adapted from SkinnyTaste

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Kari

Monday 21st of March 2016

These are too adorable!! Love this idea! Kari

Linda @ 2 Cookin' Mamas

Monday 21st of March 2016

These are so adorable Kelly! And I'm with you & Valentina, Trader Joe's definitely causes me to buy much more than was ever on my list - but it sure is good! Love that you found a way to save some time in making these - that is always a plus.

Kelly

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

Thanks Linda! We must learn Trader Joe's marketing secrets :)

Valentina | The Baking Fairy

Monday 21st of March 2016

These are absolutely adorable and perfect for Easter! And I'm the same way about Trader Joe's... I always buy things I most definitely don't need haha!

Kelly

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

They have a way of getting us to do that don't they!