February 28, 2012

Springtime Sweets ~ Macaroon Cookie Bird Nests

Perhaps these cookies look a bit familiar, yes? Back in December I shared my family's all-time favorite holiday cookie recipe -- The Macaroon Kiss.  

Baking them once a year (at Christmastime) is not often enough; yet making them every time we crave one of these chewy, chocolatey, coconutty little morsels would render us human dough-balls.  So, I simply had to come up with a way to get a mid-year fix.   Inspired by my affinity for birds' nests and eggs, I put a springtime twist on the classic Macaroon Kiss.

coconut macaroon bird nest cookie cadbury mini eggs recipe 

Coconut Cream Cheese Cookie Bird Nests

Makes approx. 48 cookies
For a printable recipe, click the "Print Friendly" icon at the end of this post.

2 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2/3 cups butter, softened
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon juice from a fresh orange
10 cups sweetened flaked coconut, divided in to 6 cup and 4 cup portions
Cadbury Mini Eggs (2 10oz. bags)

Step 1:  In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

Step 2:  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg yolks, vanilla and orange juice and beat till smooth.  

Step 3:  In 1 cup increments, mix flour in to the butter mixture.  Add the 6 cups flaked coconut and beat to combine.

Step 4:  Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

Step 5:  Preheat oven to 350.  One at a time, scoop dough into 1.5" balls (about the size of a large walnut, roll between your palms, then roll in the bowl of remaining coconut (4 cups).  Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet, at least an inch apart (cookies will spread slightly).  A standard cookie sheet should accommodate a dozen cookies at a time.  Bake 16-18 minutes, until the cookies puff and are lightly browned.  

Step 6:  Remove from oven.  Immediately press three eggs in to the center of each cookie.  You may want to lightly press the edges of the cookie inward to give the nest a fuller shape (optional).

Step 7:  Cool on a rack for 15 minutes.  With a thin spatula, gently move cookies on to a rack to finish cooling.


coconut cookie macaroon bird nest

This post has been linked-up with:
The Friday Food Frenzy at  Adventures in All Things Food
The Easter Crafts Spring Project Linkup @ Honeybear Lane
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main 

The Spring Fling Party from Flamingo Toes & Homework 
The Spring Hop 
Easter Week @ A Girl & a Glue Glun


  1. These are so cute! Great how you revamped them for spring too! Maybe a summertime themed coconut cookie too? :)

  2. Oh, these are just precious! What a great idea and thank you for sharing! Pinning this!

  3. These are adorable! My mother loves coconut and I'm obsessed with those chocolates (it's such a good thing they are seasonal!)

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  5. Finally a Easter celebration / birds nest treat I want to eat. There are adorable! thanks.

  6. I love these, Jenn. How adorable...I have to pin it so I don't forget about them come Easter,lol

  7. I've got to make these with my grankids, they look fun and delicious. Thanks, can't wait.

  8. Jenn these are just too cute!! I can't wait to give them a try - they look really yummy! I featured you this week - http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/03/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-42/ - thanks for linking up!

  9. I've got to try these! I've been searching for a great coconut macaroon cookie for the longest! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I've got to try these! I've been searching for the perfect coconut macaroon recipe for the longest! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Yesss, making Macaroon kisses once a year at Christmas is definitely not enough! You've read my mind exactly and combined my two favorite holiday foods. The only downside is I'm probably gonna end up eating them all myself but thank you for the inspiration!!


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