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These simple, Three Ingredient Kataifi Nests are easy, delicious and fast! They are a fun way to decorate for an Easter buffet or to adorn desserts. Fill with mini eggs and marvel at your skills!

Kataifi is like a shredded version of phyllo dough, so it has that same taste and crispy texture when baked. Here I have pressed them into muffin tins, brushed with a little melted butter and then sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar.

One can find kataifi at certain specialty grocery stores, typically in the freezer aisle. Or, you can order fresh for these three ingredient kataifi nests on Amazon like I did!

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coconut white chocolate nest on top of cupcake.
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I think my favorite part about these nests is that they shed, which in effect reminds me of little sticks and twigs that would be in a real bird’s nest.

But if you aren’t in the mood to source a new ingredient or bake your three ingredient kataifi nests, fear not, because I have a no-bake coconut white chocolate option that you are going to love!

Coconut White Chocolate Nests Kataifi Nests Together

Easter Buffet: Three Ingredient Kataifi Nests, and…

Besides the absolute adorableness that is Kataifi Nests plus chocolate eggs, I’m a sucker for some good, old-fashioned Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies! If you use the Easter peanut M&Ms you stay effortlessly on theme. They’re thick and chewy with little bursts of creamy peanut butter!

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In reality, no Easter buffet would be complete without Sourdough Hot Crossed Buns. My recipe yields buns that are soft and tender, flavored with orange zest, allspice, and currants! They have the traditional butter flour dough piped on top, which sinks into the dough and almost tastes like a sugar cookie. {Butter is definitely a theme here…even one of the three ingredients in the Kataifi Nests!} These traditional Easter buns have all the makings of my favorite type of bread: fragrant with citrus and spice; soft, tender enriched crumb; enough butter to be a little (a lot) indulgent; and currants.

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Kataifi Nests

These simple, Three Ingredient Kataifi Nests are easy, delicious and fast! They are a fun way to decorate for an Easter buffet or to adorn desserts. Fill with mini eggs and marvel at your skills!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 people



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Working carefully to try and preserve the long strains of kataifi, gently place some in each cup of a standard muffin tin. The kataifi I am used to has very long strands that you can wrap in the cup to create wound nest, but this kataifi was all short strands, so I ended up having to press it into a nest shape.
  • Brush the tops with a bit of the melted butter. It doesn’t take much and if you use too much then your nests will be greasy and not get crispy.
  • Dust with powdered sugar
  • Bake in preheated oven until the tops are a nice golden brown and the feel crispy towards the bottom. You’ll have to poke your finger in the nest. There really is no other way to tell.
  • Cool and then serve!



Yield: 12 nests


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 78
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