Easter Nest Cookies

I’ve been making these little nest cookies as gifts to friends and neighbors every Easter since 2015. I attach and Easter poem or Bible verse. I love to do it. They aren’t the healthiest, but they can be healthy-ish (ideas below). They are just such a cute, bright, special-occasion Easter gift that I can’t resist sharing.

 

About the Eggs

You can use regular Cadbury eggs, jelly bean eggs, etc. or you can go the healthier route and use blueberries, raspberries, almonds, almonds or white chocolate covered almonds…..or just make regular cookies that aren’t in a nest shape.

These Unreal Vegan Peanut Gems would be the perfect healthier and vegan candy eggs.

 

About the Nest

The cookies are sweetened with maple syrup or honey, and have no oil or butter (of course!). For the most traditional no-bake cookie and to save a little money on expensive maple syrup if you’re making large quantities, I’ve also used this recipe from Eating Bird Food before with regular sugar.

Although less nutritious, the most popular way to make these is with chow mein noodles and chocolate chips. I think whole grain oats are a step up and are also tasty, though!

The Symbolism of Eggs at Easter

I love the symbolism of eggs at Eastertime. Because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can all begin anew every single day, every time we choose to change and repent. If you’d like to listen to one of my favorite songs about Christ, click here. “No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me.” This is a beautiful video about starting fresh and new, starting today. Thanks to Christ, every day can be a fresh piece of paper, no matter what we did before.

Happy Easter!

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Healthier No-Bake Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

These healthier no-bake cookies have no butter or sugar, and are oil-free! They taste great made with peanut or almond butter.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: cookies, healthy, no-bake, plant-based, quick, vegan
Servings: 14 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (can be omitted)
  • 1 cup quick oats (can sub 1/2 cup with cereal like rice crispies, chex, or corn flakes for more crunch)
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. To a small pot, add peanut butter, honey, milk, cocoa, and salt. On medium (NOT high) heat, stir until completely melted and smooth. Once melted, cook and stir about 1 minute longer, constantly stirring to avoid burning. 

  2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Then add coconut and oats, and optional peanuts. Stir until well-combined.

  3. Scoop out 1 tablespoon-fulls and drop onto wax paper. Let chill in refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Store in refrigerator. Makes about 14 cookies. 

  4. For nest cookies, make an indentation in each cookie and put 2-3 candy eggs, almonds, or berries in each one.

Recipe Notes

For a fudgier, more traditional cookie, you could add 1/4 cup coconut oil with the cocoa and peanut butter. You'd add 300 calories to the batch, though. These are delicious without! 

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