Saturday, April 7, 2012

Almond Macaroon Nests

i am in charge of dessert this easter. while i am up to my elbows in lemons, flour, egg whites, sugar, and butter, i bring you these adorable cookies i made last weekend. seriously, how cute are these little birds nests for easter? they are great for spring in general.

i used nutella in some nests and triple chocolate fudge sauce in others and they both turned out beautifully.

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of course you could omit the nest making step and simple use this recipe for almond macaroons.

note: when i make macaroons, i pulse the coconut in the food processor a couple times before adding it. i think they hold together better when the coconut is a little finer.

Almond Macaroon Nests
very slightly adapted from two peas and their pod
makes 24 cookies

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 2/3 cups sweetened coconut
nutella or fudge sauce
easter candy eggs

preheat oven to 320 degrees F.

in a large bowl stir together milk, egg white, extracts, and salt until combined. mix in coconut.

scoop golfball size amounts of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets. form into balls and use your thumb to make an imprint in the center so it looks like a nest. bake for 16-18 minutes until lightly golden brown. remove from oven and let cool slightly on sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

pipe nutella or chocolate of your preference into cooled hollowed out nests and top with easter candy eggs.

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