I recently tried a coconut macaroon at Lorraine’s Patisserie and fell in love – it was so light and full of crunchy coconut. Heaven. (And before you ask, I am not talking about the often confused macaron, there is a recipe for one here if you like).
And since Easter is coming up, I couldn’t help but think the fluffy white balls looked vaguely like bunny tails (?!), and when pressed in the centre – birds nests!
These are ridiculously easy to make and have only 4 ingredients in them! You can also make them smaller and sandwich halves together with a ganache.
- 3 egg whites, room temperature
- 1½ cups caster sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ cups shredded coconut
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
- Beat the egg whites in a bowl using an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
- Gradually add the sugar, beating constantly, until the mixture becomes stiff and glossy.
- Fold the vanilla extract through with a spatula.
- Gently fold the coconut through with your spatula. Be careful not to overmix the mixture as you will lose the volume of the egg whites.
- For big macaroons, use an icecream scoop to portion out the mixture onto your tray. If you want to sandwich them with a ganache later, use a teaspoon to portion the mixture.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the macaroons are slightly browned. Allow to cool completely before serving.
To make macaroon birds nests for Easter, gently press in the centre of each macaroon before they go into the oven to form a birds nest shape. Once the macaroons are cooked and completely cooled, fill with small Easter eggs (I used M&M Easter eggs). For another Easter-themed birds nest recipe, check out my Chocolate Peanut Butter Birds Nest Cupcakes.
What are you baking for Easter?