Thursday, March 26, 2015

Coconut-Macaroon Nests + Easter Basket Ideas

Thanks to my girl Martha for this easy 3 ingredient Easter treat.  
 Each year around Easter I like to make some sort of treat the kids will be excited about.  True confession I suck at baking, sweets are not my strength at all.  I never know how a dessert recipe will turn out.  These turned out really well, better than I had hoped
These could not be easier to make and it is fun for your kids because they can stuff the eggs afterwards.  Everyone is happy.  Be sure to spray your muffin tins well because these will stick and can be hard to get out otherwise.

|| C O C O N U T - M A C A R O O N   N E S T S ||
via Real Simple

- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 package 14oz sweetened flaked coconut
- cooking spray
- jelly beans and or mini malt balls

preheat oven to 300 degrees
coat mini muffin pan with cooking spray

In a bowl stir together egg whites and salt with a fork.  Mix in coconut.  Drop into each muffin tin.  Lightly press mixture up sides and bottom of cup.  Bake until golden brown edges about 28-30 minutes.

Let cool in tins on a wire rack then run a metal spatula around sides to loosen.  Lift out cups and let cool.  Stuff with jelly beans, M&Ms, cadbury eggs or malt balls.


I wanted to include a few fun Easter Basket Ideas.  I try not to put too much crap in ours and buy a few things they will really love and use mixed in with some candy.  I do pjs because my kids love pjs and they are a great filler.  I also like to include art stuff.  Sterling is really into art these days.

easter basket

Chick Boy Pjs- I always love to give my kids pjs and they love them too.  These chick ones are adorable
Chick Girl Pjs- use code YAY for 40% off
Plus Plus Blocks- we have these and love them.  Both kids love to play with them.
Draw with Scribbles- Sterling uses this all the time.  He loves a doodle pad.
Jellycat Bunny-  Jellycat stuffed animals are the best, so soft and the bunny is adorable

Play and Draw Create- I love a creative gift and this reusable kit looks awesome.

Jellycat Hippo- someone gave Frances this as a gift and it is our favorite.  So soft and cute.
Smallest Rubiks- who doesn't love a rubiks?? Fun for all.


April of Smidge Of This said...

Love those nests! You had me at 3 ingredients. Hey, have you heard of Ed Emberly? If Sterling is into art, he'd probably love those books. We grew up learning how to draw with them, and they are still around - I bought one recently for Ian's coworker who adopted a little girl around Sterlings age. You can find them on Amazon! He breaks the process down and it gives such a sense of accomplishment to the little artist :)

Paige said...

These are adorable! This looks like a perfect activity for my three year old and me! He'll love it!

Unknown said...

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I know how much time it requires to keep updating your blog, but don’t stop doing it!)

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Mrs. W said...

Precious nests! Love the chick PJ's I have a minor obsession with kids PJ's.

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

What a cute idea!!

The Hall Family said...

I love Jellycats! Totally worth the splurge!