Easy Birds Nest Cookies for Easter!

Fun, decadent, soft, Easy Birds Nest Cookies will be our Easter treat this year!!!  They are also one of the treats for our Chocolate Party hosted by Roxana’s Home Baking this month.

I must say that I initially intended to make a chocolate roll cake with coconut brigadeiro filling.  But when I was rolling the cake, disaster struck!!! The cake broke apart, and there was no way that I could present it here, deformed, for these two special occasions.  At first, I felt like fainting… Then, the furious chef took over me in such a way that I was about to smash the cake against a wall. I know, I know…Poor cake! But then at that moment, something somewhat unusual happened.  I backed off, took a deep breath, and decided to go with the flow.  And you know what?  My family and I took care of the entire roll within one day. :)

Since there was a bit of extra batter, I transformed into the chocolate cookies that you see here.  Next I topped the chocolate cookies with a quick coconut icing, sprinkled them with coconut flakes, decorated with Cadbury eggs, and voila… Delectable, easy birds nest cookies are what we had the pleasure of munching on for the next few days.

Easy birds nest cookies

Oh… and they are fun to decorate, too.  They make a great cooking project for children, to serve as Easter treats.  Perhaps you may still have fixed in your mind our Easter Chocolate Cake from last year, a favorite of many…

Easter Chocolate Cake

But for now, enjoy our birds nest cookies!!!

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Easy birds nest cookies

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Easy Bird's Nest Cookies
 
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Fun, decadent, soft, and easy Bird's Nest Cookies...A great Easter cooking project for children!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 22
Ingredients
  • For the Bird's Nest Cookie Dough:
  • ½ cup (or 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 - 4 Tablespoons baking cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the Bird's Nest Cookie Topping:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut milk
  • Sweetened Shredded coconut
  • Cadbury mini eggs
Instructions
  1. To prepare the cookie dough: Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease/Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the electric mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition, until just incorporated into the dough. Add both the flour and the cocoa powder, beating only until mixture is homogeneous. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Scoop dough with a cookie scoop and drop over the greased baking sheet, spacing at 2 inch (5 cm) intervals. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to a rack and let cookies rest for about 3 to 5 minutes or until they can be handled without breaking apart.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the topping. In a small bowl, whisk in the sugar and coconut milk together until smooth. Spread the icing on top of each of the slightly warm cookies in a circular motion, sparing the edges. Let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Dip each cookie, icing-side down, into shredded coconut, or simply place a mound of shredded coconut on top of the cookies. Drip a bit of icing on the center of the cookies to serve as glue for the mini eggs, and decorate with 3 mini eggs. Enjoy!

Enjoy these birds nest cookies…Birds nest cookies are easy to make and very delicious. Birds Nest Cookies is a great Easter cooking project for children! I love this birds nest cookies recipe. 

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68 Responses to Easy Birds Nest Cookies for Easter!

  1. Abbe @ Abbe's Cooking Antics April 7, 2014 at 4:34 am #

    What a fab recipe, Denise – and fun! I’m drooling over last years Easter Cake too… AND I’M ON A DIET!!!! You bad girl ;-) xx
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    • Denise Browning April 7, 2014 at 7:17 am #

      Oh, Abbe! Thanks a lot…I am also on a diet. It’s hard to cook all these treats and see y’all’s as well. Have a great week, dear.

  2. Little Cooking Tips April 7, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    A truly wonderful Easter recipe! Beautiful to look at, and we bet also amazing to taste:)
    Bravo Denise!
    Have a great week!
    Panos&Mirella

    • Denise Browning April 7, 2014 at 8:43 am #

      Panos and Mirella: Thanks again! These little things are quite addictive and the best part, so easy to make.

  3. Coffee and Crumpets April 7, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    These cookies are so cute! I love the little eggs on the coconut nest.
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    • Denise Browning April 7, 2014 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks, Nazneen! My children were thrilled about them.

  4. Abbe@This is How I Cook April 7, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Easter has such pretty treats. I know my family is always happy if I make mistakes because it means more for them!
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    • Denise Browning April 7, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      I know…My hubby and children did not complain at all for having to eat both the cake and cookies. :)

  5. Karen (Back Road Journal) April 7, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    My but you overcame disaster in a good way…the cookies are so cute. I’ve only attempted a cake roll once and mine broke apart as well.
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    • Denise Browning April 7, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      I know, Karen! The worst part of making a roll cake is having to roll it and see disaster strikes. I did the best that I could to not waste my time and batter…Here are the results! :)

  6. Juliana April 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Denise, these are so cute…and yes, perfect for Eater…
    Tanks for the inspiration….enjoy your week my dear :D
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    • Denise Browning April 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

      Thanks, dear! We ate them like there was no tomorrow. :) Wishing a great week as well.

  7. Francesca April 7, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    These are super cute, Denise! Glad you took a step back and made something awesome :)
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    • Denise Browning April 8, 2014 at 12:20 am #

      Thank you, dear! It was hard to step back but it paid off.

  8. Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine April 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    I’ll take a dozen! They’re beautiful Denise! Pinning!
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  9. Emily @ Life on Food April 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    These are so cute for Easter!! Great recovery from the cake disaster.
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  10. Cindys Recipes and Writings April 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Beautiful Denise! Very festive!
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  11. Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine April 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    It seems that I have disasters just about every other day. Some are salvageable and some are not. When I was growing up if someone made something beautiful out of a mess there was a saying that they had “made a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” I believe that’s what you did Denise! :)
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  12. Raymund April 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Very nice and artistic, I hope I had that talent :)
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  13. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories April 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    I am so sorry about your cake! I’ve never attempted a roll cake for just that reason. These cookies are simply adorable though! Way to save the day!
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    • Denise Browning April 8, 2014 at 12:09 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Karen! I worried about what to do with the remaining cake batter but I am pleased with the final result…I mean, I cannot complain having to eat both the broken cake and these cookies. :)

  14. Lail | With A Spin April 8, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    How fun and playful treats. Gorgeous!
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  15. Mi Vida en un Dulce April 8, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Oh Denise, the cookies look fantastic, just perfect for the holidays,
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  16. Daniela April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    That’s a fantastic Easter recipe Denise and it looks so cute too!
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  17. Deb April 8, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    My family is very fond of Easter candy and would devour a plateful of these outstanding cookies! What a scrumptious way to “save” a recipe!
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    • Denise Browning April 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

      Thanks, Deb! I was happy to have enough remaining batter to make these cookies.

  18. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan April 8, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Denise – these cookies are so so adorable!
    Sorry the cake roll broke apart, but I bet your family was super glad to dig into it!
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  19. Deepti April 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    What a fabulous post Denise! a perfect way to celebrate easter.. well errors do happen but I am sure your family had fantastic time having it… lovely
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  20. Liz April 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    Such beautiful Easter cookies! I love coconut, but, unfortunately, my family doesn’t!!! I really want to make (and EAT) these!

  21. Suzanne April 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    Love these cute Easter cookies, perfect for the holiday and the chocolate party! And that cake is fantastic wow! Happy Easter :)
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    • Denise Browning April 9, 2014 at 7:33 am #

      Thanks, Suzanne! Wishing you as well a very happy Easter!

  22. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg April 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    How cute. I love that you salvaged the cake into these adorable Easter cookies. Beautiful!
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  23. Amira April 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    What a lovely disaster this is :) Anything chocolate can never be a disaster Denise. Clever thinking and very beautiful Easter cookies.
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  24. Sugar et al April 9, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Some of the best treats are born out of disaster. I can vouch for that! These look so fun and pretty…almost too cute to eat. Glad you decided to make them. Though I bet your cake was amazing too.
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    • Denise Browning April 9, 2014 at 9:49 am #

      Sonali: Thank you! Both were delicious. I wish disaster did not happen because the cake would have been my first choice to feature here. xx

  25. John@Kitchen Riffs April 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Kitchen disasters can be so annoying, can’t they? Sometimes I can’t recover, but usually I can. This is inspired! Love it — thanks.
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    • Denise Browning April 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

      Thank you, John! Culinary disasters can be hard indeed…Recovering from them is the best part for sure.

  26. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 10, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    Reminds me of when we had an American kid visiting who was a complete brat. It was her birthday and I made a cake (grumbling the whole time) and just before she went to cut into it, it fell into two pieces. My insides laughed.

    Your cookies are really sweet and perfect for Easter.
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    • Denise Browning April 10, 2014 at 6:43 am #

      Thanks, Maureen! When disaster strikes in the kitchen, I usually get mad at first but have a laugh later trying to learn from all the situation as well.

  27. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking April 10, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    These cookies are so much fun! I’ve been meaning to make something similar since last year and yet, I doubt I will this Easter either.
    So sorry to hear about the roll cake, but glad you saved the day and made a disaster into this seasonal cookies
    Thanks for joining the party again this month

    • Denise Browning April 10, 2014 at 7:43 am #

      Thank you, Roxana, for hosting the Chocolate Party again…It is fun to be part of it.

  28. Gintare @Gourmantine April 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    I know the feeling of wanting to throw something towards the wall :) Seriously, these little cookies are so cute and festive and would make kids so happy on Easter :)

  29. Kumar's Kitchen April 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Hi Denise,these cookies look fabulous….perfect for celebrating spring…well talking about disasters while cooking…we have had uncountable small and big in the kitchen.especially when we cook something for the first time…it sometimes fails…for example years back when we made our first butter cream for cake…we foolishly applied it to a warm cake and were stuck with a sticky,gooey mess…guess experience teaches us much more than books ever can…by now we get calm and happy when a mistake occurs,learn from it and get the thing right onto track…wasn’t easy first tough :-)
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    • Denise Browning April 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

      So great to hear that something good comes out from mistakes. Yes, the learning experience is the best part. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Kumar! Wishing you an awesome Friday!

  30. Purabi Naha @ Cosmopolitan Currymania April 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Holy yum! It looks so good and perfect for Easter! I loved the colourful eggs in the birds nest. You are so creative, Denise.

  31. Rekha April 13, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    Oh I am in love with these cookies esp the eggs. They are so cute! Showed them to my daughter and she now wants me to bake them for her!!
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    • Denise Browning April 13, 2014 at 8:26 am #

      I am happy that you daughter loved this to the point to ask you to make them. Mine were quite excited about these cookies.

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