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Birds' Nests IV

Rated as 4.83 out of 5 Stars

"The thumb print cookie that melts in your mouth, with creamy frosting."
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servings 457
Original recipe yields 18 servings (3 dozen)


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  1. Separate the eggs. Chop the nuts fine.
  2. Cream together 1 cup softened butter and sugar. Add the yolks, and beat well. Add the flour, and mix well.
  3. Make small balls out of dough. Roll balls in egg white, and then in the nuts. Place balls on greased cookie sheets, and press center of cookie with thumb. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 minutes. Press center of cookie again, bake until lightly browned 4 to 6 minutes. Cool cookies on racks.
  4. To make frosting, begin by blending the water, shortening, vanilla, and 1/4 cup softened butter or margarine together thoroughly. Slowly add confectioners' sugar, and mix until smooth and creamy. More water may be needed to make desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 457 calories; 30.8 44.5 3.4 55 99 Full nutrition

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These are easy and DELICIOUS! I followed the recipe exactly, except I used walnuts instead of pecans (tasted great)! Also, I didn't make the icing, I just spooned some jam into the thumbprints b...

Our family has made these and they are now an Easter "classic"-- we try to tell the kids these cookies are only for the grownups. Plan on at least a double batch!!

These are excellent! I also use walnuts instead of pecans. I use orange marmalade, apricot, and raspberry preserves. I make these every year for Christmas and it's a huge hit!

Yes, very delicious. My mom made these for Christmas every year growing up with one alteration - she uses vanilla frosting with food coloring to make them pretty and different colors.

reading this recipe where does the jelly come in after there baked or after you press them the second time to cook?