Need some ideas for Easter recipes? Surprise your family with this Easter Meringue Nests recipe. Just fill them with jelly beans or chocolate eggs and serve them Easter Sunday as a sweet Easter treat.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of Easter treats in the kitchen. From old childhood favorites to new ideas entirely, I’ve been trying my hand at fun ways to serve my family and friends new sweet surprises this spring.
For me, my love for food has a lot to do with its presentation. Some of the most wonderful recipes I’ve enjoyed have been those where the cook took extra care in serving up the meal in an interesting way or on a beautiful plate.
That’s why I love trying new ideas in the kitchen. And I’ve learned, with just a little extra effort, I can create fun treats and recipes for my family that they’ll remember forever.
For this one, I decided to go back to an old favorite. I’ve made meringue nests before and my kids loved them. And since they are super easy to make, I thought I’d add a little something extra to celebrate the season by filling them with Easter eggs to create one colorful display.
I love how beautiful they turned out. By using a bit of blue coloring, the nest turned a slight pastel blue that complemented the colorful chocolate eggs I tucked inside.
Easter Meringue Nests Recipe
Here’s what I use to make the basic meringue nest.
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup sugar
I usually fill my meringue nests with fruit and whipped cream. But this time, I change it up a bit for Easter.
Here’s what I added to make these meringue nests a fun Easter treat.
Next time, I think I’ll experiment with other pastel colors, too. Maybe try to tint a couple of the meringue nests in yellow or a pastel pink. Just decide on what color you want to try, and add the coloring drop by drop. That way, you gradually tint to get the perfect shade that you want your nests to be.
You can check out the detailed step by step of how I made my Easter Meringue Nests at the bottom of this post. Be sure to pin it for later, too, and share the post with your family and friends.
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- 3 egg whites
- 1/4 cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- pastel food coloring gel
- chocolate eggs or jelly beans
- First, set the egg whites out at room temperature for about half an hour.
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with vanilla, cream of tartar to create soft peaks.
- Add the sugar gradually by the tablespoon, beating on high until stiff peaks are formed.
- Add the gel coloring, drop by drop, and mix to desired tint.
- Fill a pastry bag with the meringue mixture and swirl 8 mounds onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Gently press a spoon to create into the top of each swirl to create a shallow cup.
- Bake for 45 - 50 minutes until set.
- Turn off the oven and DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR.
- Leave in the oven for 1 hour.
- Fill each meringue nest with chocolate eggs or jelly beans. Enjoy!