Eggs in a Nest Cookies (Easter recipe)

Valentine’s Day has just passed and our girls are already talking about Easter, specifically the candy. I have to admit that I’m starting to think about it too. Partly because the weather should be warmer by then, and part because of our family traditions.

We had a day off together today so we thought we’d brainstorm and make a new Easter treat that we could add to our traditions.

A fun Easter egg cookie recipe that requires no baking, is easy to make, and kids can help out with most steps.
I took an old recipe for cookies that my mom used to make and made a few changes, then we picked up a bag of Mini Eggs and we got started on making the cookies into nests. The recipe involves some cooking on the stove so there were a couple of steps that my daughters couldn’t help with, but there was some pre-stove mixing, Mini Egg sorting and putting the eggs in the nests; these were all steps they loved to help with.
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To create the nest look, I used mini cupcake/muffin tins and a muffin top pan pictured above that I picked up at Superstore. If I had to choose, I liked the look of the muffin top pan better, but both were fine.

Eggs in a Nest Cookies in the pan
Eggs in a Nest Cookies
Yields 28
This is a fun dessert for Easter or spring time.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  2. 1/3 cup cocoa (baking cocoa, unsweetened)
  3. 1/2 cup milk
  4. 1 cup quick cooking oats
  5. 1 cup sweetened coconut, shredded, but not too fine
  6. 1/2 cup peanut butter (we use the natural PB, no sugar added)
  7. 1 tsp coconut extract (can substitute vanilla if you don't have it)
Instructions
  1. Add sugar, cocoa and milk in a pot. Mix together and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Bring the mixture to a hard boil for two minutes while stirring occasionally to make sure it is not burning to the bottom.
  2. Remove from heat and add in oats, coconut, peanut butter, and coconut extract. Combine well but don't wait too long as mixture begins to cool quickly.
  3. Drop into each section of your mini muffin tins, then add 1 - 3 Mini Eggs into the center of each tin to make the cookies look like nests.
  4. Allow to cool for a couple of hours, then with a knife, carefully loosen them from the tin and store - - or eat.
Notes
  1. The oats and coconut give the appearance of twigs, etc sticking out of the 'nest' so make sure your coconut is not shredded too finely.
  2. After you stir everything together, get them into your mini muffin tins quickly as the mixture will start to cool.
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Perfect for Easter, these are easy to make and require NO baking.
Sheri Landry
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.
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9 comments… add one
  • Diane Ugo Mar 26, 2014, 4:01 pm

    I relly like the look of this, I found it at the Whatever Goes Wednesdays link party. When you say whute sugar, do you mean castor or granulated?.

  • Natasha in Oz Mar 15, 2014, 4:18 pm

    What a sweet idea for Easter! I think I might make these instead of buying Easter eggs this year. Thanks for the recipe and tutorial.

    My weekly Say G’Day Saturday linky party has just started and this post would be a perfect addition.Please stop by if you have a minute!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  • Kelly @ Eyes On The Source Mar 12, 2014, 10:08 pm

    Yummy and beautiful!

  • Betty Mar 1, 2014, 9:50 am

    I bet the girls had a fun time making these yummy cookies. Great idea. Hugs and kisses, miss you all!!!

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Mar 1, 2014, 5:46 pm

      They did. Favorite moments included sorting the mini eggs, putting the mini eggs in the ‘nests’ and licking the cookie off of the spoons when we were done.

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