To celebrate Easter this year, I made these sweet little bird’s nest sugar cookies. This is a popular Easter cookie idea, and for good reason…They are adorable and easy to make. I used my whole-wheat sugar cookie recipe to make my version of these little nests. It’s a fun challenge to dress up the same dough for different holidays. 🙂 Using this same recipe, I made hot cocoa cookie cups for Christmas, double heart cookies for Valentine’s Day, and now these little nests for Easter. Hmm…What can I make for Mother’s Day, or for a summer celebration cookie?
Bird’s Nest Sugar Cookies
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup unsalted room temperature butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Unsweetened shredded coconut (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
White chocolate (approximately 1/4 cup to attach the jelly beans)
Jelly beans (approximately 1 cup) (I used the naturally flavored and colored beans from Trader Joe’s)
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. In a second large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the flour mixture, and beat until just combined. You may need to hand mix the last bit if the dough becomes too thick for the mixer.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll the dough into approximately 1-inch balls between your hands. Flatten the balls slightly and form a small well in the center of each so they are the shape of nests. Roll each cookie into the coconut, gently pressing the coconut into the dough to make sure it sticks. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for about 12 minutes, or until slightly firm, rotating the pan halfway through. Cool the cookies completely on a wire rack.
In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate. Spoon a small amount of the melted chocolate into the middle of each cooled cookie, and attach three jelly beans to the chocolate. Allow to set completely before serving.