Bird’s nest cookies are completely adorable, and they are super delicious and easy to make! These adorable cookies are perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Spring or to be serve during the Easter season.
Making treats for each holiday is one of our favorite ways to celebrate! Melted Snowman Cookies at Christmas time, Cupid Floats for Valentine’s day, and delicious Witch Hat Cupcakes for Halloween. I’ve had a hard time coming up with a fun treat for Easter, but when I saw these bird’s nest cookies I knew they would be perfect!
Easy Bird’s Nest Cookies
I love spring time! The weather is finally starting to warm up and new blossoms are beginning to bloom all around with gorgeous new colors. It’s also a great time to be in the kitchen making fun, brightly colored recipes that are easy to make and taste amazing!
Bird’s nest cookies are a perfect spring treat to make with the kids. They can help with adding ingredients, rolling the dough in the coconut, and adding the cute eggs on top. My three year old was particularly excited about these, and she kept giggling to herself over how funny it was to make cookies that look like nests!
How to Make Bird’s Nest Cookies
- First, preheat your oven to 300 degrees F
- Spread the shredded coconut onto a baking sheet and place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes
- Shuffle the coconut periodically so that it toasts evenly
- Remove the coconut from the oven and let it cool completely
- Now increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees F
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla together until smooth
- Add the flour and salt to the mixture to create a thick dough
- Scoop out rounded tablespoon-sized balls of dough and then roll them in the toasted coconut
- Place the balls of dough on a baking sheet and then press your finger down in the center of the ball to create the bird’s nest affect
- Bake for about 12 minutes or until the the cookies are a light golden brown color on the bottom
- Once the cookies have cooled, place the egg candies in the middle of the cookies and enjoy
Tips For Making Bird’s Nest Cookies
- If you’d like to save a step and make this recipe even easier, you can buy shredded coconut that is already toasted. These do have more preservatives to keep them fresh, so I prefer to toast my own but it is an option.
- Try to make the balls of dough the same size so the cookies will cook evenly. If you don’t like to “eye ball” them, try using a small ice cream scoop to keep them uniform.
- If you find that your cookies are burning on the bottom try moving the oven rack up inside the oven. If they’re still burning on the bottom before they are fully cooked, you make need to replace your cookie sheet.
- Make sure your cookie have fully cooled before you place the candy eggs inside or they’ll melt the chocolate candy.
How To Store Bird’s Nest Cookies
If you have any cookie nests left over, place them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. If you store them at room temperature, they should stay fresh for at least three days. If you want to keep them longer than a couple of days, then you’ll need to freeze them. In either instance, you’ll want to store the cookies without the candy eggs and then just add them to the nests before you serve them.
More Easy Cookie Recipes
- Cake Mix Cookies
- Jello Cookie Recipe
- Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
- Easter Bunny Tail Cookies
Bird’s Nest Cookies Recipe
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Bird's Nest Easter Cookie Recipe
- 1 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 bag egg candies
- Preheat the oven to 300. Spread the coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast, shuffling occasionally, until golden brown (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from oven and let cool.
- Increase the oven temperature to 350. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour and salt and mix to form a thick dough.
- Scoop rounded tablespoon-sized balls of dough and roll in toasted coconut, pressing the coconut into the dough. Place the balls of dough on a lightly greased baking sheet and press down in the center with your finger to make an indent.
- Bake 11-13 minutes or until lightly golden brown on the bottom. Let cool and top with candy eggs.