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Easter Bird Nest Macaroons

These Easter Bird Nest Macaroons are the perfect dessert to add to your Easter Sunday fare! Not only are they super cute but these cookies come together super easily as well. It just makes my heart happy when easy AND cute are thrown together in the same batch of sweets. 
 

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Easter Bird Nest Macaroons from butterloveandcowboys.com

Easter Bird Nest Macaroons from butterloveandcowboys.com
Now, let’s talk macaroons for a minute. Is there anything worse than a dry, crusty macaroon? I can only think of one thing. You guessed it- a dry pan of funeral potatoes! That’s a different story for another time though. This recipe produces a moist and luscious macaroon. I promise! A can of sweetened condensed milk can make about everything moist and that happens to be a large part of what makes up the coconut cookie base. 
 

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Now, let’s talk coconut. If there are any coconut-haters reading just sit tight for a second. I have always enjoyed toasted coconut, but until the last year or so, I despised coconut any other way. The first time I ever had these was over ten years ago, way back in my coconut-hating days. My sister Jessie made them for an Easter trip we spent visiting their family.  I had one bite and was a goner. These Easter Bird Nest Macaroons had me hooked!
 

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Easter Bird Nest Macaroons from butterloveandcowboys.com

Plus, they are dipped in a chocolate ganache. Chocolate ganache can make everything better. 

Easter Bird Nest Macaroons from butterloveandcowboys.com

Easter Bird Nest Macaroons from butterloveandcowboys.com

Easter Bird Nest Macaroons from butterloveandcowboys.com

 
Lastly, these bad boys are topped with Cadbury Mini’s and drizzled in white chocolate. I simply adore Cadbury Mini’s, but you could use other chocolate candies, like M&M Eggs, Robin’s Eggs, or Hershey Eggs. In my non-negotiable opinion though Cadbury chocolate is the tastiest 🙂 

Happy Easter! 

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Easter Bird Nest Macaroons
A moist and luscious macaroon dipped in chocolate ganache, topped with Mini Cadbury Eggs, and drizzled in white chocolate!
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10037 calories
665 g
12129 g
608 g
466 g
333 g
4510 g
7108 g
500 g
1 g
238 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
4510g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 10037
Calories from Fat 5369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 608g
936%
Saturated Fat 333g
1665%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 68g
Monounsaturated Fat 170g
Cholesterol 12129mg
4043%
Sodium 7108mg
296%
Total Carbohydrates 665g
222%
Dietary Fiber 54g
217%
Sugars 500g
Protein 466g
Vitamin A
435%
Vitamin C
20%
Calcium
346%
Iron
375%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 5 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
  2. 2/3 cup flour
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the ganache
  1. *2 cups chocolate chips
  2. 1 cup heavy cream
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Topping
  1. 60-65 Mini Cadbury Eggs
  2. 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven @ 350 F. Combine flour, coconut flakes, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
  2. 2. Place sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in separate bowl and mix until combined. Add dry coconut mixture and mix well.
  3. 3. Shape mixture into about twenty balls. Make the "nest" in the middle of each ball by moistening the back of a spoon, by dipping it in water, and shaping the nest with it. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
  4. 4. Let cool completely on cookie sheet. To make the ganache, pour chocolate chips in a small-medium size bowl. Microwave the cream for one minute then pour over the chocolate chips. Whisk until chocolate chips melt and thoroughly combine. Add vanilla and whisk. Dip each macaroon in the chocolate ganache. Completely cover the entire cookie with the ganache. Place on a greased cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Let set until cooled and the ganache has hardened up a bit.
  5. 5. Place three Cadbury Mini Eggs in each nest. Drizzle with melted white chocolate chips if desired.
Notes
  1. *The original recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips. We prefer more of a milk chocolate taste, so I used about 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips and 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips. Use whatever chocolate chips or mixture of chocolate chips you prefer.
  2. Yields: 20 macaroons
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fat
608g
protein
466g
carbs
665g
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Cookies

Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Reese's Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie?! We sure love them around here. Now, a few years ago, stuffing cookies became kind of a big deal, and for good reason. To be honest with you, we rarely don’t stuff our chocolate chip cookies with something. I am happy to share our favorite way to stuff a cookie today. Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies have forever changed the way we look at the original treat. 

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The possibilities of what you can stuff into cookie dough are endless. You can use any candy bar you like, oreo cookies, brownies (which I will blog about later as “Brownie Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies” are a favorite of ours),  or even caramel squares. My point is simple-lots of options people. Lots. If you choose to go the the candy/candy bar route, I highly recommend Reese’s. While other candy bars would be delicious as well, the shape and size of a Reese’s fits great. 

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See? I told you! They are perfect. We also choose Reese’s because they are My Cowboy and I’s favorite candy. You will fast learn as you follow this blog we are peanut butter/chocoholics. Big time. So, if chocolate and peanut butter aren’t your thing, go ahead and use whatever YOUR favorite is!

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Now, as I come nearer to posting the chocolate chip cookie recipe I use, please understand it is indeed my personal FAVORITE chocolate chip cookie. The credit for this recipe goes directly to my big sister, Jessie. She has taken the classic favorite and perfected it. I will talk more about her cookie recipes and all the tips and tricks she has taught me through the years, plus ones I have learned on my own, to make the ideal, cookie in the future. And I will give her all the due credit she deserves then, as I have done here, but in more detail. 

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Reese's Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from butterloveandcowboys.com

Reese's Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
A fun and limitless twist on the original classic- chocolate chip cookies.
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6852 calories
911 g
1122 g
325 g
83 g
196 g
1547 g
1726 g
471 g
11 g
104 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1547g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6852
Calories from Fat 2859
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 325g
499%
Saturated Fat 196g
980%
Trans Fat 11g
Polyunsaturated Fat 18g
Monounsaturated Fat 86g
Cholesterol 1122mg
374%
Sodium 1726mg
72%
Total Carbohydrates 911g
304%
Dietary Fiber 19g
76%
Sugars 471g
Protein 83g
Vitamin A
184%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
57%
Iron
68%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups butter, softened (NO SUBSTITUTIONS)
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  6. 4-5 cups flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1-2 bags milk chocolate chips (I usually use at least 1 1/2 bags. We like a lot of chocolate.)
  9. *24 Reese's peanut butter cups
Instructions
  1. 1.Grease a standard size cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 325 F. Cream butter and sugars several minutes, until light and fluffy.
  2. 2. Add eggs and mix well. Add vanilla and mix well.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl combine flour and baking soda. I generally start out with about 3 1/2 cups of flour then slowly add more as needed. Gradually mix the dry flour mixture into the wet ingredients. The cookie dough should not stick to your fingers. If it does, add some more flour, a little bit at a time. Using too much flour is also a problem so add the flour in fairly small amounts.
  4. 4. Unwrap all the Reese's cups. Flatten out a 1-2 inch size ball of dough in the palm of your hand. Place a Reese's cup in the center and enfold it in the dough. Ensure the Reese's is mostly covered all around by the cookie dough.
  5. 5. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until edges begin to turn brown. We prefer them a little under-cooked as opposed to over-cooked, because they will get dry and hard.
Notes
  1. *I use a lot of Reese's peanut butter cups in my baking and I have found the most cost-effective way to buy them is to purchase the snack-size Reese's. One package contains 12 snack-size peanut butter cups. Using the regular size of Reese's peanut butter cups is great as they are a little bigger, but if you use candy a lot in baking, the snack-size packages are generally the cheapest way to buy most candy bars.
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fat
325g
protein
83g
carbs
911g
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