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Birds Nest Cookies

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 10 -12
Calories: 0
Author: [email protected]


  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup shredded coconut divided
  • Cadbury mini eggs Or Jelly Beans optional


  • 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.