Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form.
Then, slowly add the sugar, beating constantly until the mixture is glossy and stiff (another minute or so). Beat in the vanilla extract until just combined.
Fold in 1/2 cup of shredded coconut. Do this gently so you don't flatten your meringue.
Spoon mounds of the mixture onto each baking sheet. Use a spoon to shape each mound into a 4-inch-wide circle with a 2-inch-deep depression in the center.
Give your treats the look of a nest by sprinkling shredded coconut over each one.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the meringues are dry and the coconut has turned golden brown.
Once cool, tuck malted candy egg or jelly bean into the nest for each child in the family.