When I think of the Easter season, one of the first things that comes to mind are pretty, pastel coloured Easter eggs. With my Polish background, it’s tradition for my family to colour Easter eggs on Good Friday, and then take them to church on the Saturday before Easter and get them blessed by a priest. The eggs symbolize new life and a new beginning.
Speaking of new life, that’s what Spring is all about. With the snow melting and flowers beginning to blossom, you’re sure to see tons of baby animals, including baby birds. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a few bird’s eggs inside a nest.
This is what inspired me to make chocolate birds nests for the Spring and Easter season. Aren’t they adorable? The base of the nest is made up of chocolate, coconut, and oats. It’s essentially a simpler, no-bake version of the Reindeer Nose Macaroons that I often make around Christmas time. Once the ingredients are all mixed together, you need to form them into round shapes with a large indent in the center. Below, you can see the bird’s nests starting to take shape.
The mixture was a little sticky, so I left the nest shapes out on the counter for about 30 minutes to solidify. This made them easier to work with so I could add in the chocolate eggs.
I used chocolate eggs from my local bulk food store. They’re essentially the same thing as Cadbury Mini Eggs. You can experiment with different items, however, such as chocolate eggs, jelly bean eggs, or even Peeps. I think that would look really cute, having a marshmallow bird in the nest watching over its eggs!
To adhere the eggs I used melted dark chocolate. I found that this blends the best with the chocolate macaroons, and also tastes delicious! My best advice is to work carefully, however, because it can get a bit messy. Having smears of chocolate all over your pastel coloured eggs certainly isn’t desireable!
Feel free to download a copy of the recipe for yourself: Chocolate Birds Nests Recipe.
I did a bit of experimenting and also made a white chocolate version of these macaroons. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate, but I had a lot of people to serve and I wanted to offer them some variety. I think the brown nests look much more authentic, but it’s nice to have some white nests to brighten up the plate as well. Which ones do you prefer? (By the way, if you can see bits of green underneath some of the eggs, that’s because I had a bit of leftover frosting from the cupcakes that I made and figured I’d use it up!)
As always, I made a Youtube video tutorial showing the process for making these chocolate birds nests, which you can watch above. Be sure rate my video, leave me a comment, and subscribe to my channel!
And with that, I’ll leave you with a little taste of just a few of the delicious treats that were served at my house this Easter. A plate full of chocolate macaroon bird nests and lemon cupcakes with buttercream icing. Delicious! Happy Easter and Happy Spring to all of you! I hope you enjoy the time with your family, and eat lots of chocolatey treats!
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