Toasted Coconut Meringue Nests

by Kelli on April 11, 2014

Toasted Coconut Meringue Nests

I’ve had the festive idea for Toasted Coconut Meringue Nests floating around in my head for weeks.  Perhaps even months, since my food blogger brain usually jumps way ahead when it comes to holidays (I may or may not have already started thinking about July 4th ideas).  Then I got my final push of inspiration from Laura’s meringue cups last month….the girl just makes meringues (and everything else she makes) look so beautiful.

Toasted Coconut Meringue Nests

Whenever I’m working on recipes that call for egg yolks (like last week’s tutorial on how to make a quick aioli), I always make sure to save the whites.  Always!  There are a ton of uses for egg whites, but my two favorites happen to be meringues and angel food cake.

I store them in a covered container in the fridge, with a note on lid that lists the date and number of egg whites.  It could happen, but chances are you’re not going to use the exact number of whites in the container at the same time.  This is totally ok.  There are two ways to remove the amount of whites that you need – by weight (large egg whites weight approximately 1 ounce) or measuring spoon (1 large egg white is approximately 2 tablespoons).  Egg whites will keep in the refrigerator for about four days, alternatively they also freeze well.

Toasted Coconut Meringue Nests

I’m always a little confused by meringues.  I believe they’re meant to be a cookie, but I always think of them as a candy.  Either way, they’re light, airy, crisp, super sweet and this version is has a beautiful coconut and vanilla flavor.

While the meringues do require a bit of a lengthy bake time, they’re surprisingly easy to make.  Once the Meringue Nests have baked and cooled, fill them with your favorite egg-shaped Easter candies.  My favorites are Cadbury Mini Eggs or Whoppers Robin Eggs (this is what I used).  Reese’s Pieces Eggs or  jelly beans also work well.

Toasted Coconut Meringue Nests

Toasted Coconut Meringue Nests are the perfect (and, edible) Easter decoration or addition to your dessert table.  If I was hosting Easter dinner this year I would include one of these sweet, airy nests on each guest’s plate next to the place card.  If you’re hosting Easter this year, I think you should do that….partly because I think it’s a cute idea and also so I can live vicariously through you.

Toasted Coconut Meringue Nests

Yield: Makes approx. 15-20

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded coconut
  • candy eggs

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.

Use a small glass/measuring cup/can (I used a measuring cup), about 2-3 inches in diameter, and trace circles on a large piece of parchment paper, a couple inches apart. Flip the parchment over, with the pencil marks facing down, and place it on a large baking sheet.

Prepare a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and set aside.

Add the egg whites and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on low until the egg whites start to foam, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed and whisk for another 2 minutes. While whisking at medium speed, slowly add in the granulated sugar. Whisk for another minute, then add in the vanilla. Increase the speed to high, and whisk until glossy and stiff peaks form.

Use a rubber spatula to transfer the meringue from the mixing bowl into the pastry bag.

Starting at the center of the circle, pipe the meringue in concentric circles until it reaches the outer edges, to form the base of the nests. Continue piping two times around the outer edge of the nest to form the sides. Repeat with the remainder of the meringue.

Coat each of the nests with shredded coconut.

Transfer the meringue nests into the oven and bake for 90 minutes, until golden. Turn the oven off, but leave the meringues inside for 30 more minutes to continue drying.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Once fully cooled, remove the meringue nests from the parchment and fill with candy eggs.

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Enjoy!

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme April 11, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Ok, first off, you are ridiculously kind. THANK you!

And secondly, these cookies are adorable! Definitely some of the best Easter baked goods I’ve seen!

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Kelli April 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I speak the truth. You are constantly inspiring me :)

Thanks, friend! Have a great weekend.

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Leah April 11, 2014 at 8:25 AM

what a cute idea!!! those pictures are so perfect too!

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Kelli April 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Thanks so much, Leah! Have a great weekend!

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Jess @ whatjessicabakednext April 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

These little meringue nests are super cute!

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Kelli April 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Thank you, Jess!

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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life April 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Kelli, these are SO cute! The candy eggs are my favorite :) What a great way to use coconut, specially when short on time (not that I know anything about that haha!)

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Kelli April 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Thanks so much, Mary Frances! I’m with you on the candy eggs….so hard to pass them up :)

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor April 11, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Such beautiful little eggs nest cookies! I love how the meringue makes them look so light and fluffy. Have a wonderful weekend, Kelli!

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Kelli April 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Thanks, Ashley! Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea April 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM

These are absolutely adorable. I love the ‘sticks’ of coconut for the texture. Plus toasted coconut is sooooo flavorable. Your creative inspiration became a manifested winner.

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Kelli April 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Thank you, Carol!!

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Taylor @ greens & chocolate April 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM

I love your tip on storing egg whites…I never know what to do with them! Now I definitely know…make these little cuties!

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Kelli April 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM

So glad it was helpful! Thanks, Taylor!

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Natalie @ Tastes Lovely April 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM

These are just too cute Kelli! And I love your idea of saving your egg whites. I’m so bad, I usually just dump em. But using them for meringues is a way better use of them.

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Kelli April 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Thanks so much, Natalie!

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Julia April 14, 2014 at 6:48 PM

These are adorable! Perfect for Easter. My nieces and nephews would love to whip up a batch of these to celebrate the holiday. I’ve never made meringues, so it’s high time I un-confuse myself and get to meringue-ing some Easter nests :)

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Kelli April 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

You should totally get on the meringue wagon….you’ll be shocked at how easier they are to make!

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Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg April 14, 2014 at 7:47 PM

These are so adorable.

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Kelli April 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Thank you, Norma!

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Zainab @ Blahnik Baker April 14, 2014 at 9:46 PM

These are too cute and perfect!!

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Kelli April 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Thanks so much, Zainab!

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Erin | The Law Student's Wife April 14, 2014 at 11:24 PM

So so SO CUTE! I love mysterious meringues too, even if I can’t classify them. This is so creative, and I love the coconut.

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Kelli April 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Thanks, Erin!

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ashley - Baker by Nature April 14, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Er my gosh… the cuteness!!! It’s almost too much! I want to look at them a few more minutes… then devour!

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Kelli April 15, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Ahhh, you’re too sweet! Thanks, Ashley!

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Nik@ABrownTable April 15, 2014 at 12:41 PM

These are the cutest little nests perfect for Easter! I would have a hard time sharing.

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Kelli April 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Sharing these nests is no easy task, that’s for sure :) Thanks, Nik!

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simple green moms April 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

these are super cute! perfect for my little man =) great idea!

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Kelli April 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Thank you! You’re little guy will love these :)

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Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron April 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM

How cute! And I agree, meringues aren’t really ‘cookies’ to mr, but whatever category they fall under, they’re delicious :). Love the toasted coconut!

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Kelli April 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Totally agreed, Denise! Thanks so much!

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dina April 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

so festive and cute!

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Kelli April 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Thank you, Dina! Have a great weekend!

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