Just a few days ago, I posted a recipe for Inside Out Lemon Meringue Pie – I had a few meringue cups left after everyone was served, and my 3 year old son was wondering why I had birds nests sitting on the counter. That got me thinking.
I grabbed a package of shredded coconut and tossed a cup of it into a ziplock baggie. I added a few drops of blue, red, & green food colouring as well as a tablespoon of water. Once the bag was sealed, I shook it up & ended up with just the shade of brown that I was looking for. I also did a bag of cheery green coconut, just in case the brown looked weird, but as it turned out, I liked the brown just fine!
I added a few candy eggs, and voila! The nest was complete! Why not try out these cute Meringue & Coconut Birds Nests this weekend, and then whip up some Inside Out Lemon Meringue Pie for your Easter Dessert, while you’re at it?
- 4 egg whites, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 250.
- Whisk egg whites in mixing bowl on medium speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar & vanilla, continue whisking for another 2 minutes.
- Turn mixer to high, and gradually add sugar. When your egg whites are shiny and stiff (if you lift the mixer out of the bowl, the egg whites should form stiff peaks), they're ready to go.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and use a cup or jar to trace circles onto the paper. These will be your templates for piping the meringue.
- Fit a pastry bag (I use disposable plastic ones from the dollar store) with a large open star pastry tip and scoop meringue into the bag.
- Starting in the middle of the traced circle and working your way out, pipe the meringue onto the parchment paper until you're circling the template that you drew. Without lifting the piping bag, circle around on top of the meringue base and pipe a layer or two on the rim.
- Bake in oven for ~45 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheets on the counter.
- If you want your meringue to be perfectly white, bake at 225 for up to 2 hours. The lower your oven temp, the whiter your meringue. I prefer a quicker baking time with a big more colour.
These super-cute Easter Bunny Cookies will delight any child!
Another easy recipe using dyed coconut – how cute would these be?! Also, pin these cupcakes for use for a future farm-theme birthday party!
I’ve used the Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix before to make cookie cups for Christmas, but never thought to do the same at Easter!
I know a few kiddos who would LOVE to help make this exciting cake! It’s actually not complicated at ALL!
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