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Easter Nest CookiesHappy Easter!

Happy Healthy Holidays!

Kids and adults alike find these cute Easter Nest Cookies irresistable! Two variations but while they both look similar, each has its own unique taste and appeal.

Birds Nest Cookies

Recipe Ingredients

1-1/3 cups flaked coconut
2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-3/4 cups chocolate candies for Easter

Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 300-degrees. Spread coconut on non-greased cookie sheet. Toast in oven, stirring occasionally, until it turns light golden, about 25 minutes. Remove coconut from cookie sheet and set aside.

Increase oven temperature to 350-degrees. In large bowl, add butter and sugar and whip until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla.

In medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Blend into creamed mixture. Form dough into 1-1/4-inch balls. Roll heavily into toasted coconut. Place coconut cookies 2-inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Make indentation with thumb in center of each cookie. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 3 dozen

Easter Nest Cookies II

These are a slight variation of the above recipe - they both look very similar when completed, but have a different taste - both good!

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3-3/4 cups (10-ounce package) sweetened coconut flakes, divided
Jelly Beans

Heat oven to 375-degrees. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Microwave butter and marshmallows at high (100 percent) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until mixture is melted when stirred.

Beat sugar, egg white, vanilla and almond extract; add melted butter mixture, beating well. Gradually add reserved flour mixture; beat until blended. Stir in 2-cups coconut. If necessary, chill dough until easy to handle.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in remaining 1-3/4 cups coconut, tinting as directed on package if desired. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet; press thumb in center of balls.

Bake eight to ten minutes or until lightly browned. Place three Jelly Beans in each center. Cool completely on wire racks. Recipe makes about four dozen cookies.

Easter Nest Cookies

Bonus: Green Coconut Nests

Green Coconut Nests are a fun and easy Easter treat to make!

1 pound green chocolate coating
One, 7 oz. package flaked or shredded coconut

In the top of a double boiler, melt coating over hot, not boiling, water. Add coconut and mix together well. Add very small amounts of water to coconut mixture until it thickens enough to hold shapes. Form into small nests by making mounds and then hollowing them out with the bowl of a spoon. Fill nests with jelly beans or molded chocolates. Recipe makes eight nests.

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