Easy Easter Dessert Recipe: Birds Nest Pudding Tarts #BunnyTrail

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When I was growing up, there were certain Easter traditions that were very important to me even as a child.  Buying a pretty new Easter dress for church and slipping on those shiny white dress shoes made it obvious that Easter was not your average day at church.  Easter baskets were filled with candy that we almost NEVER got to eat.  Yes, we probably ate more jelly beans and chocolate eggs than we should have at 6 AM on Easter morning but hey, Easter was a special occasion!  A special breakfast of hot cross buns rounded out our Easter morning.  I actually made homemade hot cross buns last week because I decided there was no reason I shouldn’t be able to enjoy them all year round!  One thing that my mom did NOT make was a special Easter dessert recipe.  When I was asked to work with HERSHEY’S on their #BunnyTrail campaign I decided I needed to try my hand at creating a unique Easter dessert that my whole family would love!

Easter Dessert Recipe Birds Nest Pudding Tart Recipe

As a kid, one of my favorite candies was Rolos.  I don’t know why but the combination of chocolate and caramel is still one of my favorites even as an adult.  Don’t get me wrong…I haven’t met very many types of candy that I DON’T like but since I don’t eat it very often I try to grab my favorites on the rare occasions that I indulge!  Melting Rolos is an incredibly easy way to get chocolate caramel for drizzling on desserts!

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As a mom, I try to create Easter traditions that my children will remember for the rest of their lives.  They still talk about the time when the Easter bunny left footprints all over the house when they were little.  Yes…I actually invested in a bunny footprint maker that used baby powder and ‘hopped’ all over the living room to leave footprints that my children would find on Easter morning.  Crazy?  Yes!  But, memorable!  Not that they are teens (and sadly no longer believe in the mythical bunny!) the easiest way to make Easter memorable is with a basket of delicious chocolate treats!

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When I was trying to come up with an Easter dessert recipe I browsed through a lot of online recipe sites.  I came across a lot of ‘birds nest’ type cookies and cupcakes but I thought maybe a tart would be something a little different.  To create a ‘birds nest’ on just about any type of dessert, all you need is a bit of toasted coconut and some egg shaped candies.  You can use the HERSHEY’S chocolate covered almonds or the little chocolate ‘eggs’ with a candy shell.  Assemble to create a decorative and tasty birds nest on top of your favorite dessert recipe.

birds nest cookies

For this tart, I chose to make homemade vanilla pudding as a filling.  If you are not into making your own pudding you can certainly use the instant kind you get from the grocery store.  Making homemade pudding is incredibly easy and WAY more tasty than the instant stuff so I definitely recommend you give it a try.  I did not, however, make my own tart shells.  I know my own limitations and rolling out tiny tart shells would probably send me over into crazy town!  I bought premade tart shells in the freezer section at the grocery store and baked according to package directions.  If you are feeling ambitious you can certainly try making your own.  Most of this recipe can be made up ahead of time.  Bake the tart shells, chill the pudding, toast the coconut and let cool.  Right before serving just melt the Rolos and assemble your Easter dessert recipe!  This recipe makes enough for about 16 tarts but you can scale it down if you want.  If you want more Easter recipes, check out the recipe selection on CelebrateWithHersheys.com

Easy Easter Dessert Recipe

Easy Easter Dessert: Birds Nest Pudding Tart


Birds Nest Pudding Tarts

Yields 16

Birds Nest Pudding Tarts #BunnyTrail

An easy Easter dessert that is so easy to make!

2 hrPrep Time

15 minCook Time

2 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 4 cups vanilla pudding (I made homemade but you can use boxed)
  • 16 tart shells
  • 1 package of Rolos
  • 2 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • egg shaped candies like HERSHEY'S Chocolate covered almond or


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place shredded coconut on a cookie sheet in a thin layer. Place in oven and toast for approximately 10 minutes, mixing frequently to prevent burning and allow for even browning. Remove and let cool
  2. If making homemade pudding, make sure it is completely set before using. Instant pudding will set up within 30 minutes. Plan accordingly and make according to package directions.
  3. Bake tart shells according to package directions and let cool
  4. Peel Rolos and put in small pan over medium heat with 2 TBSP heavy whipping cream. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth.
  5. To assemble tart: Take one cooled tart shell. Spoon a tablespoon or so of the melted Rolos into the bottom and spread evenly. Repeat with remaining tarts.
  6. Next, spoon about 1/4 cup of vanilla pudding into each tart shell.
  7. Top the pudding layer with a small pile of toasted coconut shaped into a 'nest'
  8. Add chocolate coated nuts or other egg shaped candies into the coconut nest.
  9. Drizzle the creation with additional melted Rolos if desired
  10. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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