Meringue Nests for Dessert

Brown sugar meringue desserts both topped with whipped cream, one with chocolate eggs and one with fresh frozen, thawed fruit on top ready to be served on a platter

Meringue Nests are a delicious dessert.  This recipe can easily be altered with topping and served for Passover and Easter celebrations.  This recipe is fairly easy and can be made ahead of gatherings.

Brown sugar meringue desserts both topped with whipped cream, one with chocolate eggs and one with fresh frozen, thawed fruit on top ready to be served on a platter

Meringue Nests for Dessert

Brown Sugar Meringue Nests are one of my favorite Spring recipes!

They are not as difficult as they sound and they really don’t have a complex list of ingredients; egg whites, vanilla extract and brown sugar. 

This recipe can be slightly altered and is a perfect serve for both Easter and Passover celebrations.

I make my meringue nests and my whipped topping ahead of time, but I store them separately and then quickly build these delicious bites just before serving. 

It looks like you spent hours, but you did not!

Here is the recipe to whip, bake, build and share…

Meringue Nests

Brown sugar meringue desserts both topped with whipped cream, one with chocolate eggs and one with fresh frozen, thawed fruit on top ready to be served on a platter

Ingredients

  • 5 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 8 oz. whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.  Spread the brown sugar on a non-stick baking sheet.  Place it in the oven for approximately eight minutes, remove it and let it fully cool. 

Place the dried brown sugar into a mini chopper or food processor to bring it to a dried, granulated state.

Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff peeks.  Add in the vanilla extract and sprinkle in approximately an 1/8 cup of the granulated brown sugar at a time and continue to mix with the electric mixer until it has all been added and mixed thoroughly. 

On a piece of parchment paper, make approximately four - 4” circles with a permanent marker.  Flip the paper so that the ink is face down on a nonstick baking sheet; you will be able to see the lines through the paper.  Using a spoon to scoop the meringue onto the paper on the inside of the ring. Bake the meringues at 325 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes.

Turn off the oven, but open it a crack and let the meringues cool in the opened oven for an additional 35 – 40 minutes.

Just before serving, add the whipping cream, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract together in a mixing bowl.  Whip until it is stiff.

Fill each nest with cream and top it off with Cadbury mini chocolate filled eggs with the crisp colored shells or PICS frozen mixed berries that have been thawed.

More on Making this Recipe;

Egg White Time Tip:  Yes, you can crack the eggs and separate the yolk from the whites.  However, then you have all of the yolks that you either toss or find another way to use.  Or, you can simplify and buy the egg whites located near the regular eggs at your Supermarket.

Drawing the CirclesI trace a small bowl, but you can use a ruler or protractor to create the circles as well.  Just make sure you turn the ink side down before adding the meringue.  You can make smaller circles for smaller bites if desired.

Storing Extras:  If you have additional nests and cream, store them separately.

Cooking with Kids:  Every recipe is filled with life skills that help to encourage children’s confidence in the kitchen. Here are a few to focus on when making this recipe;

  • Separating eggs
  • Whipping eggs
  • Electric mixer safety
  • Scooping
  • Baking
  • Oven safety
  • Mini chopper or food processor safety
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Following directions

More Easy Desserts:  Want a no bake dessert option?  Check out my mini Spring Dirt Cups.  They are deliciously easy and can be prepped ahead.

Four bowls of easter dirt on a tray filled with easter grass

No Bake Spring Dessert Dirt Recipe Link 

25 Comments on “Meringue Nests for Dessert”

    1. Two out of three are meringue fans over here, but I LOVE IT! My grand mother used to make meringue cookies when I was a child. I think half of my ‘liking’ is associated with fond memories :). Hope you had a great Easter with your family…
      ~ Jodie

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  2. Yummy! I love making meringues (when they work) and this is such a great festive idea for Easter. Thanks for sharing at the mixer, Jodi!

    1. I know, meringue can be tricky. Knock on wood, these nests have always been a success :)!

      Hope your Easter was great…~ Jodie

  3. The extra fine brown sugar sounds like a very nice touch — love meringues! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  4. This is such a cute idea, my daughter would love it! I am not such a great cook so I might use some already made meringue or cream.

    1. I say give it a try…this recipe might be the one that works 🙂 and if it doesn’t, a ring of pre-made cream filled with berries will give you the same nest affect. Enjoy either way & hope you had a wonderful Easter with your little ones…
      ~ Jodie

  5. Looks delicious. You are so talented! Thank you so much for linking up your great recipes with us. We love it! Are you coming to show us something new again today? A fresh linky party will open today in about one hour…. ~ Rose.

  6. Yum, this sounds so very simple and delicious – looks terrific! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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