Quick and easy birds nest cookies (Easter chocolate nest), homemade with simple ingredients. No bake dessert filled with candy eggs and chocolate birds.
These cookies have a chewy texture with a combination of chocolate and coconut flavors that are always heavenly. It's definitely my favorite version of these cookies. Besides, this is a great activity to get into the kitchen with your kids and have fun making some wonderful memories! If you are looking for more bird themed desserts, check out my Robin Egg Pinata Cake or Peacock cake for more ideas.
How to make easy birds nest cookies (Easter chocolate nest) recipe from scratch?
- Lightly toast- Coconut and almonds.
- Mix together- With melted chocolate in a mixing bowl.
- Drop tablespoons- Of this mixture onto a cooking tray.
- Make impression- With thumb or spoon in the center of each cluster.
- Place chocolate- Bird in the center of each cluster and toss on some sprinkles.
- Stick on- Mini chocolate eggs and Sixlets around each cluster.
- Chill in fridge- Until cookies are firm. Enjoy!
Variations for homemade chocolate nest
Use different nuts- I like to add some almonds for a subtle crunch, but you can add whatever nuts you like, such as pecans or walnuts. You can also omit them altogether.
Try different candies- There are many different types of Easter candies, chocolate, and sprinkles to choose from. Mix things up and see what combination you like best!
Try different chocolate- I used semisweet, but you can try milk chocolate or even white chocolate (just know it will be a white nest instead of brown).
Vary the center piece- You can choose different types of candy birds or even use a bunny for the center of the cookies! And each one doesn't have to be the same. They can each be unique, especially if all your kids are helping you in the kitchen.
Wrapped or unwrapped- I think the chocolate birds look best while still in their foil wrapping, but you can place them on with or without it.
Tips and techniques for no bake Easter nests
If the candies are not sticking securely to the nest- Try to stick them on with a little bit of melted chocolate, because it acts like a glue.
Line cookie tray with wax paper- Because otherwise the bird nests will stick to the pan and be difficult to serve out nicely and the pan will be more difficult to clean.
Watch toasting time- Because you don't want the coconut or nuts to burn and turn black. This will ruin both the look and the flavor. Keep an eye on them.
Make imprint while still warm- Because otherwise the chocolate firms up and you won't have that little spot to place your candy bird. Press into the cookie while the chocolate is still warm.
Make clusters even- So that you get an even 14 nests that are all about the same size. It helps to use the same spoon for each scoop you drop on the tray. Also, don't let the clusters touch or they will stick together.
Storage for birds nest dessert
Fridge- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature or fridge for 2-3 days.
Freezer- Keep in an airtight container for up to 1 month, thaw, and serve.
More Easter Desserts
Birds Nest Cookies (Easter Chocolate Nest)
- 2 ½ cups Coconut Sweetened, Shredded
- ⅓ cup Almonds Chopped
- 7 - 8 ounces Chocolate Semisweet, Melted
- Chocolate birds
- Mini chocolate eggs
- Sixlets candies
- 2 tablespoon Easter sprinkles
- Lightly toast the coconut and almonds in the oven at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, add the toasted coconut, almonds and melted chocolate.
- Mix everything with a spoon until you have a sticky mixture.
- Drop tablespoons of this mixture onto a cooking tray, lined with wax paper.
- Push your thumb or the back of a wooden spoon in the center of each cluster (similar to a thumbprint cookie).
- Stick a chocolate bird in the center of each cluster and toss some sprinkles. Also, stick some mini chocolate eggs and Sixlets around each cluster.
- Chill in the fridge until chocolate coconut cookie clusters are firm. Enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature or fridge for 2-3 days.
- If the candies are not sticking securely to the nest, you may have to stick them with a little bit of melted chocolate. It acts like a glue.