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Phyllo Nests

Speckled jelly-bean eggs in a crispy phyllo nest are sweetly seasonal. Use kataifi, pre-shredded phyllo, which is sold frozen at Greek grocers and large supermarkets.

  • Yield: Makes 12
Phyllo Nests

Photography: Sang An

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2003


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for tin
  • 8 ounces (1/2 package) kataifi, thawed
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, (optional)
  • Jelly beans, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush a 12-cup muffin tin with butter. Pull phyllo into 1-inch-thick bundles; cut bundles into 2-inch lengths. Place in a bowl; separate into a loose pile with fingers. Toss with butter, sugar, and cinnamon, if using.

  2. Divide among 12 muffin cups; press into bottom and up sides. Cook until golden and crisp around the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool; fill with jelly beans.

Reviews (1)

  • loretta12345 19 Mar, 2008

    The nests are so cute and taste delicious. I prefer using colored chocolate malt eggs or colored chocolate truffle eggs than the jelly beans. It makes it a more sophisticated dessert and I think the chocolate goes better with the delicacy of the nest.

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