Easter Macaroon Nests
Happy Easter everyone! This year I really wanted to make some macaroon nests and fill them with chocolate eggs. They just look so cute and I love pretty much anything with coconut! I experimented with the egg whites. The first batch was a runny disaster, as I didn't beat the egg whites enough and added the sugar at the beginning. So the next time I beat them without the sugar until they were stiff, and then gradually added the sugar. You want to be a bit light-handed with this step, as dumping the sugar in all at once will deflate the peaks, so the best way is to add it like a fine rain. I like to put the sugar in a measuring jug, so it's easy to pour little by little. This batch was a success, and I highly recommend toasting the coconut first, as it adds more flavour. These nests paired with chocolate eggs are pure bliss. Enjoy!
4 cups shredded coconut (not desiccated) temperature
4 large egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mini chocolate eggs (I used M&M’s crispy speckled eggs)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees celsius). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the coconut out in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, then take out and stir to prevent burning, and bake for another 5 minutes. Set aside on a rack to cool.
- In a large bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and keep mixing for another 5 minutes. Mix in the vanilla and salt.
- Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the toasted coconut.
- Using an ice cream scoop (about 4 tbsp), place the balls onto the baking sheet at least 2 inches apart and gently press your thumb in the centre to create a nest. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- Remove from baking sheet immediately and allow to cool completely on a rack. Once cool, fill each nest with mini chocolate eggs.
Note: Macaroon nests will keep covered at room temperature for 3 days or up to 5 days in the refrigerator.