The thought of cooking with kids is appealing to me. I imagine we will learn some math as we measure ingredients and enjoy each others’ company. And this does happen. But I am not going to lie. I do spend a lot of the time biting my tongue because things are not as perfect as I’d like them.
Today I present a recipe to you that does not require perfection! It’s easy enough to do with kiddos. And the time commitment is small as well. (And P.S. They’re even gluten free. Just make sure to check the ingredient list on the coconut and egg candies you buy.) I also love these because they make Easter time or spring time feel just a little but more special.
Enter Birds’ Nest Cookies.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Before you even call your little ones to help you, separate two egg whites and set those to beat. Then bring in the kiddos. (No one needs to be separating eggs with a kid hanging on their leg. This is not your best life. So let them watch 5 more minutes of cartoons.)
Ok, now call your little helpers.
Mix coconut, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and salt in a bowl.
After that is mixed well, fold in the egg whites.
Now, learn from my mistake and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. For real, do this and you will be happier than I am.
Then (on the parchment paper like a smart person) spoon a heaping mound of the coconut mixture onto the cookie sheet. Have your little ones press down the middle of each mound to create a nest.
This is the part where you will want to take over and make perfect nests. Don’t do that, crazy lady. (Preaching to myself here.)
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes until the edges are golden.
Once they’ve cooled, dip candy eggs (I used Cadbury) into some white frosting. Let’s not get fancy here, people. I just bought a can of white frosting from the baking aisle. Press the candy eggs into their nests. And ta-da! You have an easy spring time treat.
Enjoy spring. Enjoy your birds’ nest cookies. And enjoy your babes!
- 14 oz. of sweetened coconut
- 1 cup (or 14 oz. can) of sweetened, condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 egg whites
- one bag of egg-shaped candies
- a small amount of white frosting
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Separate egg whites and beat them until they form stiff peaks.
- Combine coconut, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and salt.
- Fold in egg whites.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a spoon to form a heaping mount of the coconut mixture on cookie sheet.
- Using your fingers, form a nest shape with each mound.
- Bake for 20 minutes until the edges are golden.
- Once cooled, dip the underside of candy eggs in frosting and stick to the nests.