Cheats Cookie Easter Nests

I use ready-made cookie dough and mini eggs in this cheats cookie Easter nests recipe. That’s it, only 2 ingredients! A delicious cookie cup filled with mini eggs ready to be picked out and enjoyed. Making Easter nests with cookie dough can be made easily and quickly by taking a few shortcuts.

After the success of my brilliant Flapjack Easter Nests, I had to finally write up the cookie version. They are so easy to make and look fantastic. They taste wonderful too. I’ve been making these for a few years and only finally have photographed and written them up properly.

Top Questions

Can you make Easter nests from cookie dough?
How can I use up leftover cookie dough?
What is a quick way to make Easter nests?
What can kids make for Easter?

Why you’ll love this Cheats Cookie Easter Nests recipe

  • The cookie Easter nests are so easy to make, you can whip them up on. Easter Sunday morning before the grandkids arrive. You only need 2 ingredients and you’ll be cooking!
  • Cheats cookie nests are perfect if you’re running low on chocolate for your Easter egg hunt. They can be baked in colour cupcake cases for decoration too.
  • Cookie Easter treats can even make for lovely picnic treats or to keep little ones quiet during the Easter holidays. They are perfectly snack sized.
close up of the Cheats Cookie Easter Nests


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Cookie Dough

Pre-made cookie dough is one of life’s simple pleasures. I always like to have some on hand or in the freezer so I can whip up cookies super quickly when I need them. You will have to defrost it if you’ve been storing your cookie dough in the freezer.

You can of course make cookie dough from scratch just follow a normal cookie recipe.

Mini Eggs

The most wonderful Easter chocolate. The colour mini eggs take these cheats cookie cups and turn them into cheats Easter nests. I use about 3 mini eggs per nest but this will depend on how big you make your Easter cookie cups.

How to make Cheats Cookie Easter Nests – step by step

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Ball up your cookie dough into inch-sized balls roughly. Just try and make sure all the balls are the same size.

Press your cookie balls into the lined cupcake tin, try and keep the thickness equal all the way round so they cook evenly.

Cheats Cookie Easter Nests filled with mini eggs

Once fully baked, remove the cookies from the oven and leave them to cool fully on a cooling rack.

Now it’s time to add your mini eggs, you can use as many or as few as you like. You could even break up the mini eggs and sprinkle them into the nest for a more artistic look.

Cheats Cookie Easter Nests Top Tips

  • Line your cupcake tin with a small square of parchment paper. This will help stop your cookies from sticking to the side.
  • If you don’t have any parchment paper, try using cupcake cases. They are usually bright colours so look lovely round the cheats Easter nests and do the same job as the parchment paper.
  • Save yourself a few mini eggs back to eat as a reward for making such lovely Easter cookie nests.

Cheats Cookie Easter Nests Serving Suggestions

Cookie Easter nests make perfect Easter egg hunt treats for those who don’t need any more chocolate. They are delicious and this recipe makes about 8 so you have enough for a decent-sized hunt.

You could even serve these cookie Easter treats while slightly warm with a dollop of ice cream. Making these an Easter cookie dessert.


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  • 12 hole cupcake tin / fairy cake tin
  • greaseproof paper / baking parchment
The empty Cheats Cookie Easter Nests ready to be filled

Substitutions and variations

Ganache Easter Cookie Treats

The cookie nests are incredible when filled with a creamy chocolate ganache. Follow my recipe for chocolate Easter nests.

Berry filled Easter nests

If you are chocolated-out, try filling your cookie nests with chopped berries. Raspberries, blue berries and strawberries work really together and can all be enjoyed in one bit if you chop them small enough.

Strawberries and Cream Easter nests

Fill your cookie nests with some whipped cream and top with chopped strawberries for a Wimbledon inspired cookie dessert.

Storing Cheats Cookie Easter Nests / Making ahead of time options

The pre-made cookie dough can usually be frozen, so making Easter cookie nests is really easy. They are so quick to bake there is no need to make them ahead of time.

If you happen to have any cookies left over, you can store them for a few days in an air-tight container in the cupboard. You can warm them up in the microwave for 20 seconds and they will soften and be super tasty.

Cheats Cookie Easter Nests with a yellow Easter chick


Can you make Easter nests from cookie dough?

Yes, you can make cookie nests from edible cookie dough. You will need to bake your flour to ensure it’s safe to eat but then you can shape the cookie dough and top it as normal.

How can I use up leftover cookie dough?

You can use up leftover cookie dough by making cookie nests and filling them with your favourite chocolate. You can even make cookie dough balls dipped in chocolate to!

What is a quick way to make Easter nests?

A quick way to make Easter nests is to use pre-made cookie dough to save time on making your cookies. You then only have to shape your nests and bake them.

What can kids make for Easter?

At Easter, there are lots of things you can bake with kids You could make the ganache-filled Easter nests; a white chocolate Easter cake, an Easter Piñata Cake or some mini egg cookies. If you’re as much of a fan of mini eggs as me you can make the giant mini egg cookie, mini egg cheesecakes or mini egg blondies

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Cheats Cookie Easter Nests

Sisley White
Making Easter nests with cookie dough can be made easily and quickly by taking a few shortcuts. I use ready-made cookie dough and mini eggs in this cheats cookie Easter nests recipe. That's it, only 2 ingredients! A delicious cookie cup filled with mini eggs ready to pick out and enjoyed.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Afternoon Tea, Cakes, cookies, Dessert, Sweet Treats
Cuisine American, English, International
Servings 8 cookie nests
Calories 260 kcal


Cookie Nests

  • 300 g (1.27 cups) cookie dough (ready made)


  • 150 g (5.29 oz) mini eggs


  • Preheat the oven to 160ºC fan/ 175ºC / 320ºF.
  • Remove the dough from the freezer for 15 minutes to soften slightly.
  • Add a piece of baking parchment / greaseproof paper or cupcake cases to a fairy cake tin.
  • Divide the cookie dough into 8 pieces.
  • Gently work the dough into a disk shape that fits into the fairy cake to make a little bowl.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
  • If the dough rises in the middle when baking then use a teaspoon to gently push it back into shape when you take it out of the oven.
  • Allow to cool in the tin and then remove.

Assembling the bird nest cookie pots

  • Once the cookie nests are cool fill them with your favourite Easter chocolates. I prefer mini eggs as they are so easy to pick out.
  • Serve and enjoy.



Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 124mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 62IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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