Donut Bird Nests

donutbirdsI have been SO ANXIOUS to share this adorable idea with you guys and today is the day!

If you’re a blogger (or an avid reader of blogs) you know that bloggers usually bake holiday treats a good month to a month in a half prior to the holiday actually happening.  That means Christmas cookies are baked on Halloween, Easter is basically done before St. Patrick’s Day (which is usually done the second Valentine’s Day candy actually comes out) and so on.  We’re like a magazine — we gotta be ahead of the times, people.  No one actually bakes Christmas cookies on Christmas anymore, do they?  {Or am I just depriving my family of their holidays?  Don’t answer that}.

Thankfully, my family is used to eating Halloween candy before October 31st even appears in the same calender month and thankfully they have no objections (and if they did, I would probably question my actual genetic relation to them because who complains about candy?)

HOOOOWEVER, whenever a new holiday rears its ugly head I get really super duper anxious.  So anxious that my mind completely blanks on things to bake.  I feel like everyone and their crafty mother has some genius way of using the newest flavor of what-have-you candy or has crafted the most gorgeous something for whatever-holiday before I can even COMPREHEND which holiday I should be baking for.

This usually means I stand in the candy/seasonal aisle of Target for a good HOUR just STARING at the candy like some lunatic, waiting for the sugar gods to send me some philosophical message of truth so I can get my life back on track and start baking Easter eggs or whatever.  Plus, I feel like I’ve baked enough crazy junk on this blog to know that I can’t skirt by with some chocolate chip cookie with springtime chocolate chips in it and have it pass as genius.  I set the bar high and I know you guys expect more from me which motivates me to be a better blogger and baker, but also motivates me to drink excessive amounts of alcohol and take Xanax (I still love you).

So on one of my lunatic shopping sprees and after having spent a good hour staring at pastel bags of egg-shaped candy, I was about ready to open up a bottle of vodka in the middle of the store when I happened to pass the donuts in the bakery.  You know the prepackaged coconut crunch donuts they have in those tubular packages?  Yep, those donuts.  And as I slowed my cart to a stop, a lightbulb sparked a little.  Coconut crunch donuts kinda look a lot like nests, don’t they?  Disheveled random smatterings of toasty coconut attached to an adorably petite, round cake.  Not that actual nests look like cake or I would probably be arrested for mass bird-nest defacing BUT you understand what I mean.  So I tossed them in my cart along with some Cadbury Mini Eggs, Reese’s Mini Eggs and Mini Whopper Eggs and with a little white chocolate glue, crafted me some edible Donut Bird Nests.

DSC_1054AAND OH MY GOD AREN’T THEY CUTE?!  I promise making and eating copious amounts of these will not result in your bird-nest defacement arrest.  Pinky swear.

SO GET TO BAKING.  Er, making (since this really only requires having a pulse to make).


5.0 from 3 reviews
Donut Bird Nests
Recipe type: Treats, Donuts
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 20-24
These adorable donuts look exactly like birds nests and are fun, EASY Easter treats to make with kids! Use your favorite candy to jazz things up.
  • Coconut crunch mini donuts (or any crumb coated donut hole/miniature donut)
  • 1-2 squares White Chocolate Candiquik
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs, Reese's Mini Eggs, Mini Whopper Eggs, or any other egg-shaped candy of your choosing
  1. Melt the Candiquik according to package directions. If you're making around 24 miniature donut nests, I would only melt about 1-2 squares of the Candiquik -- just break it off and save the rest later. You can also melt the entire package, allow it to harden and reuse it later -- whichever is easiest for you.
  2. Using your thumb, make a small well/indentation in the center of the miniature donut, like where the hole is. This just helps the egg candies stick better.
  3. Dip the bottom of an egg candy into the white chocolate and gently press it into the indentation in the donut. Repeat with remaining candies and donuts. I used three eggs per donut, but do what you like best. Allow the donuts to sit for about 5-10 minutes, allowing the chocolate to harden, before consuming.

DSC_1061AThese are SOMUCHEASIER than making those traditional chow mein noodle cookies which I find to be way too sticky and hard to shape (while some argue they technically have no shape, they DO have a shape and that non-shape shape is VERY hard to form!!  Or maybe I’m incompetent).  Feel free to use your imagination and let the candy in the seasonal aisle guide you as to how you want your nests to look.  There’s really no ‘wrong’ way — any way will lead you to deliciousness and ADORABLE and EASY Easter treats!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley


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  1. YOU’RE SOOOO SMART! These are the absolute cuuuutest!!!! Plus…um…SO MUCH YUM!

  2. GENIUS. These are adorable. Sometime we should go to Target together and stare at candy and see how many people stare weird at us.

  3. Hayley, please oh please send all those genius Easter ideas to me!! I’m so behind… With the blog name change, getting sick, and no internet for 48 hours, I’ve been way too preoccupied to bake anything spring-like. I feel like I missed the Pinterest boat this year! Your adorable donut nests are brilliant — absolutely brilliant!! And because they’re mini I can eat about 17, right?? 😉

  4. Oh my gosh…so freaking cute. Brilliant! 🙂

  5. So stinkin cute! I love them! And guess what? I haven’t baked a SINGLE easter thing yet! Pass the vodka lady! I hope to actually hop on the easter train this evening. 🙂

  6. So darn cute and brilliant! I think these look way better than those chow mein nest things! I am such a bad food blogger when it comes to Holidays…I haven’t started on Easter because like you I blank on what to make! I should probably get on that ASAP…

    AND WAIT, your Target sells alcohol?!?! Mine doesn’t even have Starbucks or a full grocery section…

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Molly, WHERE DO YOU LIVE?! Haha yes, most stores in California sell alcohol. Gas stations, liquor stores, Target, Walmart, all grocery stores. I guess we’re a crazy lax state!

  7. What’s the line from that movie? Totes adorbes? Totes.

  8. I love when ideas strike like that! it’s like ugh finally, yes this will work!! These are so cute and perfect for easter!!!

  9. Oh man I usually just end up giving up and making only one post about a holiday-related treat lol. Kudos to you for getting this one up early! I love the bird nest idea, and it looks freaking delicious, Hayley! 😀

  10. Aieee, I know what you are talking about. I have yet to come up with anything creative or mind blowing for Easter. Staring at egg-shaped candies happened last weekend. But you totally nailed it with these cute donut bird nests. So creative and totally delicious!!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Thanks, Zainab! It makes me feel better knowing your genius self is stumped as well — and I’m not the only one! I’m sure you’ll whip up something that will blow us all away — you always do! 🙂

  11. Freaking adorable! I love these and how easy they are to make. My kids are making ME a treat!

  12. You’re a genius, Hayley. A baking PhD. These are so frackin’ adorable and so easy even I could do it!

  13. These are so completely adorable!!


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