Chocolate Bird Nest Cookies


I'll never forget the first time I tried coconut and chocolate together. After this life-changing experience, I had to develop a recipe using the same flavor combination. With simple ingredients and only a few easy steps to follow, these cookies are definitely worth tweeting about. Even better, they are completely gluten-free

Yield: makes 12 cookies


Things you'll need

  • 7 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • Royal Icing
  • Fod Coloring
  • 36 mini candy eggs (Cadbury) 


  • Two #1 decorating tips

Let's get started!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites and sugar until frothy. Whisk in the cocoa powder, salt and vanilla.
  4. Using a spatula, fold in the melted chocolate and coconut until well combined.
  5. Shape 2 tablespoons of batter into a nest. Place 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake until the cookies are firm to the touch, 12 to 15 minutes.
  7. Let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Time to decorate!

  1. Divide the royal icing into 2 bowls and tint one bowl black and the other orange. Scoop into separate decorating bags fitted with #1 tips.
  2. Pipe 2 black dots on the candy eggs for eyes. Pipe a small orange triangle for the beak.
  3. Place 3 eggs in each nest.




Written By Rosanna Pansino

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