Chocolate Macaroon Nests for Easter

Cadbury Mini Eggs are one of my all time favourite treats, and I know they are available all year, but there’s something special about saving them for Spring time! Most years I add them into chocolate chip cookie batter but I’ve always loved the idea of putting them into something that looks like a little nest and I’m a huge fan of anything coconut so I came up with these chocolatey macaroon nests that have a similar taste to a Samoa cookie and look absolutely adorable for Easter!
 

Chocolate Macaroon Nests for Easter

Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped semi sweet chocolate)
  • 1 bag of cadbury mini eggs (or any small easter treats you prefer – around 200 gm or 7 oz worth)

 

Instructions

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine water, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a small saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat.
  4. In a medium-sized, heat-proof bowl, combine shredded coconut with cocoa powder and slowly pour in hot syrup, stirring until combined. Let mixture cool (10-20 min).
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. In a separate bowl or stand mixer, whisk egg whites and vanilla extract together until foamy and thick.
  7. Fold in the coconut mixture.
  8. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out mounds of the coconut mixture. You want golf-ball sized mounds. Space the macaroons 2 inches apart.
  9. Press your (clean!) finger into the centre of each mound to create a nest to put your mini eggs or treats of your choice into once they are cooled.
  10. Bake until nice and golden brown, around 15 min, rotating baking sheet if necessary. Place baking sheets on racks and let cool completely.
  11. Melt your chocolate chips or chopped chocolate in a heat proof bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until melted completely, I like to check on it in 10 second intervals and stir it up.
  12. Spread a bit of the chocolate into each cooled nest and place your mini eggs or treat of choice on top. Once the chocolate hardens, they are ready to enjoy!

FYI: My nests spread a bit too much during baking but I was able to re-shape them once they came out of the oven, while still warm and they held their shape once cooled. Don’t be afraid to manipulate them a bit if need be.