I am all about last minute Easter preparations around here, mostly because Easter always seems to sneak up on me. We haven’t dyed eggs yet, nor have we even found the Easter baskets. Time is running out. But I loved this idea so much and it seemed simple enough, so I decided why not? If nothing else at least I managed to do this – Easter will not pass without at least something to commemorate it as special.
Besides, I don’t know about you but my kids and I would rather eat a brownie with a candy covered chocolate egg on top, than a real egg, any day of the week.
You can do this recipe from a box mix, or you can do it from scratch. Scratch takes just a few extra minutes and gives you more control over what goes in. I went with the scratch option.
Mini Brownie Egg Nests
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs, beaten well
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (because of course these are healthy brownies)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Sweetened shredded coconut
Whoppers Robin eggs, Cadbury mini eggs, or jelly beans. We went with the Robin eggs, which can only fit one in the nests, but are still cute.
Gather your ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the butter in the microwave – 40 seconds to 1 minute on full power.
Stir in the cocoa powder, eggs, sugar and vanilla, mix until smooth.
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
Stir dry ingredients into the sugar and butter mixture. Mix well until all ingredients are smooth and without lumps.
Measure by teaspoonfuls into a mini muffin pan. Each tin should be no more than 2/3 full (the nests are hard to get out if they puff up above the edge of the pan).
Place in hot oven for 5 minutes. Remove and sprinkle a small amount of sweetened coconut on top of each brownie.
Return pan to the oven for 10 minutes. The coconut will brown and will mimic the sticks in a natural bird nest.
Remove from oven, and while brownies are still warm make an indentation in top for your eggs to sit in.
Allow the brownie nests to cool before removing from pan – this is the Pinterest Fail portion of the recipe if you rush it.
Remove cooled brownies to a plate or cooling rack. Place a small dab of Nutella on the underside of your “eggs” and arrange them Nutella side down on top of the nests. The Nutella holds the eggs in place.
Plus, Nutella just makes everything better.
And voila – Mini Brownie Egg Nests!