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Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nests


Today is the first day of spring and I’ve got major spring fever. Bring on the tulips, chirping birds, green grass, picnics at the park, and sunshine. I am also in the mood for lemon everything! Lemon pancakes, lemon muffins, lemon saladslemon bars, and lemon cookies. Hellooooo spring!

To celebrate the first day of spring, I made Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nests. These little nests are bursting with lemon and scream spring! And they are a fun treat for Easter too, which is coming right up! Spring has officially sprung!

Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nests on A fun treat for spring!


Last year we made Coconut Nutella Macaroon Nests and they have become a favorite. The only problem, Josh can’t eat them because he is allergic to all things that involve nuts, even Nutella. I know, sad day.

I really don’t need to be eating an entire batch of Nutella Macaroon Nests by myself, swimsuit season is right around the corner, so I created coconut macaroon nest cookies that Josh can help me eat. Josh loves lemon, so I knew he would love these lemony coconutty treats!


The coconut macaroon nests have fresh lemon juice and zest mixed into the coconut. I baked the nests until they were set and slightly golden brown around the edges. When I pulled them out of the oven, I pressed my thumb into the center to create a little bird’s nest.

I filled the centers with lemon curd. I love our lemon curd recipe, it is easy to make and SO good. You can use store bought lemon curd if you are in a pinch! I like Trader Joe’s lemon curd.


I decorated the nests with little “eggs.” I took a trip down the Easter candy aisle and found some pretty pastel jelly beans. They look like eggs and taste even better. They are the perfect sweet ending to my cute little nests.

Celebrate spring with Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nests. They are easy to make and super cute! They are perfect for ringing in spring!  They are also a great addition to any Easter basket and will also look great on any Easter brunch or dinner table. So festive and fun! Happy spring!


Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nests

Yield: 10 nests

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18-20 minutes

Coconut Lemon Macaroon nests are easy and fun to make. A perfect treat for spring and Easter!


2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 1/2 cups sweetened coconut
3/4 cup lemon curd
Jelly beans


1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract,lemon juice and salt. Stir until combined. Add in the lemon zest and coconut. Mix well.

3. With a spoon, scoop up about 2 Tablespoons of the dough and place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Form the cookies into the shape of a bird nest. Press down the center with your thumb.

4. Bake cookies for 18 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and press your thumb down in the center of the nests again. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes or until they are firm and set. Remove with a spatula onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.

5. Place about a tablespoon of lemon curd in the center of each nest. Place 2 jelly beans in the center of the nest. Finish decorating the nests and enjoy!

Note-you can make these 2-3 days in advance. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. Let come to room temperature and then decorate with jelly beans.

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85 Responses to “Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nests”

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  1. Erica — March 20, 2013 @ 5:41 am

    Yayyy for lemon (and spring)!! Def a perfect easter dessert

  2. These are adorable and I’m sure they taste amazing!

  3. Ohhh, looks delicious! I need to buy some lemon curd!! Gorgeous cookies!!

  4. shelly (cookies and cups) — March 20, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Coconut and lemon are PERFECT together! Love these!

  5. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 20, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    What an amazing treat for Easter! The lemon and coconut combo is great!

  6. Gloria @ Simply Gloria — March 20, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Such a darling treat for the family for Easter…lemon and coconut…scrumptious!

  7. Tieghan — March 20, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    I am on a huge coconut kick and these are fuel to my fire!! I love the addition of the Easter eggs! So cute!

  8. Jenny Flake — March 20, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Perfect little Easter Treats! So fun!

  9. Jen @ Savory Simple — March 20, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    These are adorable!

  10. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 20, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    These are too adorable!!! Love all things lemon and coconut. :)

  11. katie — March 20, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    These are so darling!!! Perfect Easter treats!!!

  12. Cookbook Queen — March 20, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    I absolutely love lemon or coconut anything, so these are basically perfect.

  13. Laurie {SimplyScratch} — March 20, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    How stinkin’ cute!! I love these!!

  14. Shaina — March 20, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Loving the twist on macaroon nests. Lemon is perfect for right now.

  15. Ashley C — March 20, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    These are perfect to use up some leftover coconut and lemon curd. I might have to try these with chocolate eggs.

  16. We must secretly be related because I just posted coconut macaroon “nests” with pineapple jam filling on my blog today :) Long-lost culinary cousins? Yours look so fun and festive!

  17. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — March 20, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    Love that you filled the nests with lemon curd! Perfect for welcoming in spring!

  18. Brianna — March 20, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    How perfect are these for kiddos? Totally adorable! Great Easter recipe. :)

  19. Kelly — March 20, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    What a cute idea, these look delicious! :)

  20. I love macaroons- and making them into nests is just plain adorable.

  21. Anna (Hidden Ponies) — March 20, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    I love these! So springy and fresh!

  22. Heather Christo — March 20, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    Oh! These are SO cute!! I made chocolate ones for my chocolate happy girls the other day, but I would so prefer these lemon- my favorite!!

  23. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — March 20, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Really cute idea!

  24. marla — March 20, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    These are so pretty and fun for Easter!

  25. Donna — March 20, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    WAAH!!!…In France it is sooooo difficult to find the sweetened variety of coconut!!

    I CAN find large “shreds”…but unsweetened….Would I destroy your spectacular recipe if I used non-sweet coconut?!…Any suggestions?…Really wanting to make this very timely and appropriate recipe for our Easter festivities!!!

    • Two Peas replied: — March 20th, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

      No, they will be a little less sweet, but they are plenty sweet:) They will be fine! Enjoy!

  26. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — March 20, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    These are so cute! I made your coconut Nutella nests last year and those were great, too!

  27. Chris — March 20, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the combination of coconut and lemon. It’s my absolute favorite. I can’t wait to try these. :)

  28. Amy — March 20, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

    Spring fever for sure! These look and sound perfect!

  29. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 20, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    I bet these are bursting with flavor and sweetness! Such a perfect way to ring in spring :)

  30. coconut macaroons are my mom’s favorite. :) and it’s her birthday in a few weeks. you just reminded me to make them for her! Thanks Maria!

  31. Julie @ Table for Two — March 20, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Ahhh these are adorable!!! I LOVE coconut macaroons – I used to eat way too many of these :) I love the nest idea – it’s so darling!

  32. Gaby — March 20, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    I’m ready for spring too!! And these cookies are the perfect way to welcome it in!

  33. Diana @ Eating Made Easy — March 20, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    I’m listening to the bird’s chirp as we speak! Spring is definitely in the air. Such a cute creation! What kind of jelly beans are those, I like that they are speckled !

  34. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 20, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

    Maria, these are so cute and I KNOW they taste amazing!

  35. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 20, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    These are so adorable! Love the macaroon nests!

  36. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — March 20, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

    I’m on a lemon kick too, and these are perfect! SO pretty.

  37. Aimee @ Simple Bites — March 20, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    So cute and so easy!

    Totally on the lemon bandwagon here. =)

  38. Lisa | With Style and Grace — March 20, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    these are adorable!

  39. Laura Dembowski — March 20, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    I am so excited for spring too! Now if only the weather would get the memo! These look and sound wonderful. My life is also Nutella- less, as I am allergic to chocolate. But lemon curd sounds like a lovely alternative filling!

  40. These are so cute! Lemon and coconut are great together!

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