Bird nest cookies are an easy macaroon cookie recipe filled with jelly beans!

Birds Nest Cookies Recipe

When I was a kid one of my favorite candies to find in my Easter basket were a chocolate birds nest filled with jelly beans.   When I was in college I spent an Easter with a friend and her mother and we made a similar type of cookie using chow mein noodles.  They were delicious! But I can’t seem to find that recipe anywhere.  It occurred to me that I could take my favorite macaroon recipe and make it in to a nest, too.

Macaroon Cookie Recipe

Macaroon cookies are very easy to make.  They generally only need a few ingredients and are ready to bake.  I make them every Christmas, Passover and Easter.   Just mix up the dough to start.

Macaroon Cookie nests

Use a cookie scoop to fill the wells of a well greased mini muffin tin.  I wanted to make sure the nests didn’t stick at all so I used a lot of grease.  They popped right out.

Easter cookies

Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Watch the cookies closely because there is a lot of sugar so they burn easily.  Wait for the edge to get a nice golden brown and then take them out of the oven.  You can see some of my tips got a little darker brown.

Coconut Easter Nest Cookies

Let the cookies cool and then fill with eggs. I used both jelly beans and Cadbury Mini Eggs. I liked the chocolate with the coconut, but you can only fit one mini egg in a nest so I prefer the jelly beans for looks.  Kids love the look of these but they aren’t  big fans of the coconut which means they are all yours!


Coconut Bird Nest Cookies Recipe
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  • 1 14 oz bag (5 1/2 cups) shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 scant cup sweetened condensed milk


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and oil a mini muffin tin well.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, coconut and salt.
  3. Add milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  4. Use a cookie scoop to scoop the batter in to each well of the muffin tin.
  5. Use your thumb to indent the middle of each well to create a nest.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are just starting to brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  8. Fill each nest with a jelly bean or Cadbury mini-egg .


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