Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies come together by forming chocolate coconut macaroons into bird’s nests then decorating with colorful Peeps chicks and candy-coated chocolate eggs for a festive Easter cookie or springtime treat!
When we lived at our last house, we had sparrows that built mud nests in the corners of our back porch each spring. My husband hated the mess, but the birds usually laid their eggs before he had a chance to deter them from building their nests there…so then, of course, we had to leave the nests alone and let the baby birds grow up and fly away before knocking down the mud.
In our current house, we have a big bush in our front flower bed that has apparently been an appealing location for a little finch to build her nest for several years in a row. The advantage of that location (for me) is that the nest is at eye level and I can occasionally peer through the branches to check in on the progress of the eggs, capturing photos like this one (from a few years back):
Anyway, in my mind, nothing symbolizes springtime like a bird’s nest! When I was brainstorming spring blog post ideas back in February, I knew I wanted to create some sort of bird’s nest cookie, and I thought that making a chocolate version of my tried and true coconut macaroon recipe would be a good start. I figured I could also hit the store to see what kind of bird and/or egg Easter candy I could rustle up.
The only problem? By the time I finally created and photographed my nests, about 467 other cute bird’s nest cookies and cupcakes and cakes had popped up all over my Pinterest feed! Food bloggers are a creative lot, y’all, but since there are about eleventy billion of us, there aren’t many (any?) ideas that haven’t already been done before in some variation.
But I still struggle with the guilt when I have an idea for a recipe and then someone else beats me to it. It happened with my recent Spring Salad…I came across an extremely similar salad about a week after I posted it, but then saw that the publishing date was actually two days before mine. And now, I have a post on my calendar for next week, and I just saw a very comparable recipe when browsing Pinterest today. Ugh.
So all of this is to say, I have great admiration for all of the talent out there in blog land, and if I am ever inspired by a particular recipe or if I adapt something that I’ve found somewhere else, I will always attribute credit with a text link under my recipe. However, if I have an original (or what I think is original) idea, and I make plans for it, create it, and/or photograph it before discovering that someone else had the same original idea…I pretty much have to proceed with my post anyway (or I won’t have anything to blog about!).
Each blogger’s variation is different and reaches a different audience, and while I think we all need to be cognizant of stepping on each other’s toes — and we should definitely give due credit when our recipe is inspired by or adapted from someone else’s — we also can’t be expected to read each other’s minds or predict who’s going to post about what, when. 🙂
Okay, enough of my disclaimer. Onto these cute little Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies! I’ve been making these coconut macaroons for years, and ohmygoodness…why in the world did it never occur to me to add cocoa powder to the recipe before now?! Yummy. I made these nests larger than my usual coconut macaroon cookies, and consequently, they did need to bake a few minutes longer. I also learned that when it comes to nests, messy is better! The nests with random bits of coconut sticking up in different directions looked more authentic than the ones that were perfectly round and smooth.
After baking off my nests, I knew that I needed something to make my candy accents stick in the center of the each nest, so melted chocolate seemed like the obvious choice. As for candy, there are a ton of different options for mini eggs out there, but I think that candy coated chocolate eggs are the way to go for these cookies.
Chocolate complements chocolate (better than a jelly bean egg would), and the candy coating gives you lots of cute pastel options. I used Cadbury mini candy-coated chocolate eggs, but there were multiple options in the Easter candy aisle. Finally, what says Easter better than sparkly-sprinkled, marshmallow-centered Peeps? The little Peeps chicks looked right at home in my bird’s nests, and the marshmallow paired nicely with the chocolate and coconut flavors as well.
Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cookie Recipe
Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies
- 4 egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups packed sweetened flaked coconut
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted
- Mini candy-coated chocolate eggs
- Peeps marshmallow chicks
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare two cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites until frothy. Mix in salt, sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, and flour and beat another minute until smooth and thickened. Stir in coconut until all ingredients are well combined.
- Use a cookie scoop to drop a scant 3 tablespoons of dough per cookie onto prepared cookie sheet, spacing cookies at least 1-inch apart and fitting 7 to 8 cookies per pan. Using fingers to form dough into a nest measuring approximately 2 1/2 inches across with an indentation in the center. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes or until cookies are set. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once cookies are cool, place a spoonful of melted chocolate into the center of each nest, and arrange three chocolate eggs on top or press in a Peeps chick.
Recipe adapted from Coconut Macaroons here on Five Heart Home.
More Easter Treats
- Easter Egg Chocolate Swirl Pretzel Bark
- Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
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