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Easter Meringue Nests

Mini Meringues make the perfect Easter Meringue Nests! Not only are they delicious, but they make a beautiful table centerpiece as well!

overhead shot of Easter Meringue Nests on a white plate with mini Cadbury Eggs

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Easter is just around the corner and this seasonal gluten-free dessert is one of my favorites. Adorable meringue nests are (almost) too cute to eat. Kiddos and adults alike will love these whimsical nests filled with mini Cadbury eggs (but feel free to use whatever allergy-friendly egg-shaped candy you’d like).

Even better, they’re perfect for doubling as your tablescape focal point and dessert. Grab your favorite apron and let’s jump right in!

Easter Meringue Nests on a white plate with Mini Cadbury Eggs


What You Need To Know About This Gluten-Free Meringue Nest Recipe:

We’ve been working on several meringue recipes over the past few weeks. You may have pegged your favorite, but this meringue nest recipe may just make you change your vote. These small gluten-free nests are an ideal way for you to gain some practice with your meringue-making skills.

What I love about this recipe:

  • it’s easy
  • it’s versatile
  • it’s a crowd-pleaser
  • it’s 100% kid-approved

I hope you enjoy making these gluten-free meringue nests (and eating them!) with those that you love this Easter. This recipe is one that I look forward to each year.

Easter Meringue Nests on a white plate with Mini Cadbury Eggs on top and in the background

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Ingredients for Meringue Nests

  • Egg Whites
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Heavy Cream
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs (check for gluten-free status or use your favorite allergy-friendly candy)

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Equipment Needed to Make Gluten-Free Meringue Nests 

overhead shot of baked Easter Meringue Nests on a Silpat lined half sheet pan


How to Make Easy Meringue Nests

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 250F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.

Step 2. Using a handheld or stand mixer, whip the egg whites on medium speed in a large mixing bowl.

Step 3. Add in the granulated sugar slowly, about 1 tablespoon at a time– it should take 2-3 minutes to add all of the sugar.

Step 4. Once all of the sugar has been added, turn the speed to medium-high and beat until stiff peaks form– another 1-2 minutes.

Step 5. Pipe the mixture into 3” diameter discs onto the baking sheet and use a spoon to create a well in the center of each meringue.

Step 6. Bake for 1 hour, or until the meringues are firm and dry but not brown on top.

Step 7. Turn off the oven and leave them to cool inside– about 1-2 hours.

Step 8. While the meringue shells cool, add the softened butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until it becomes smooth and fluffy. Next, add the powdered sugar and heavy cream and beat on medium speed until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy– make sure to scrape down the sides a few times.

Step 9. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag and pipe it into the center of the meringue nests. Top with a few mini eggs and serve immediately.

Easter Meringue Nests on a white plate


Tips for Making Meringue 

  • Make sure there are no bits of egg yolk in the egg whites and that there is no residual oil or fat on your mixing bowls.
  • The nests can be made up to 24 hours in advance and kept in an airtight container at room temperature— just make sure to fill them right before serving so they don’t get soggy.

an Easter Meringue Nest on a small white plate with a bite taken out


Other Meringue Recipes To Try

Easter Meringue Nests on a white plate with a bite taken out of one


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overhead shot of Easter Meringue Nests on a white plate with mini Cadbury Eggs

Easter Meringue Nests

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 2 hours 1 second
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes 1 second

Mini Meringues make the perfect Easter Meringue Nests! Not only are they delicious, but they make a beautiful table centerpiece as well!

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag Cadbury mini eggs (check for gluten free status)

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 250F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
    2. Using a handheld or stand mixer, whip the egg whites on medium speed in a large mixing bowl.
    3. Add in the granulated sugar slowly, about 1 tablespoon at a time-- it should take 2-3 minutes to add all of the sugar.
    4. Once all of the sugar has been added, turn the speed to medium-high and beat until stiff peaks form-- another 1-2 minutes.
    5. Pipe the mixture into 3” diameter discs onto the baking sheet and use a spoon to create a well in the center of each meringue.
      Bake for 1 hour, or until the meringues are firm and dry but not brown on top.
    6. Turn off the oven and leave them to cool inside-- about 1-2 hours.
    7. While the meringues cool, add the softened butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until it becomes smooth and fluffy. Next, add the powdered sugar and heavy cream and beat on medium speed until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy-- make sure to scrape down the sides a few times.
    8. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag and pipe it into the center of the meringue nests. Top with a few mini eggs and serve immediately.

Notes

  1. The pavlovas can be made up to 24 hours in advance and kept in an airtight container at room temperature— just make sure to fill them with buttercream right before serving so they don’t get soggy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 240Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 0gSugar: 40gProtein: 2g

Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs. Calories based on 8 servings.

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