Phyllo Nests

Photo: Sang An

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


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for tin

  • 8 ounces (½ 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.

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