No-Bake Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Bird Nest Cookies

This no-bake gluten-free chocolate oatmeal bird nest cookie recipe with a vegan option is quick, easy to make, and adds a cute colorful addition to spring and Easter cookie displays!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 7 tablespoons baking cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups rolled or quick oats (gluten-free)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 90-108 small jelly beans


  1. Combine butter, milk, sugar and cocoa powder in large saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

  2. Continue to boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Mixture will thicken a bit. Stir in vanilla and remove from heat.

  3. Stir in oats and coconut. (If using rolled oats, let mixture sit for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.)

  4. Drop by tablespoon onto waxed paper. Press 3 jelly beans in center of cookie to make nest.

  5. Let stand until set, about an hour. Can be placed in refrigerator to help firm up.

Recipe Notes

VEGAN OPTION: Substitute 1/2 cup vegan butter substitute such as Earth Balance for the butter, and substitute 1/2 cup almond milk for the dairy milk.