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Almond Macaroon Nests

Rated as 4.29 out of 5 Stars

"This is a tradition at Easter in our family! A delicate butter cookie, decorated with colored coconut to look like a little nest and filled with chocolate covered almonds or peanuts."
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1 h servings 146
Original recipe yields 36 servings (3 dozen)


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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth. Stir in the vanilla, then gradually beat in the dry ingredients.
  3. Divide the coconut into three separate containers (see Cook's Note). Color one portion red, one yellow, and leave one plain. Toss the colored coconut together with the plain.
  4. Roll cookie dough into walnut-sized balls, then roll the balls in the coconut mixture. Place them 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheet. Press 1 candy into the center of each cookie.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, then remove from the oven and press 2 more candies into the center of each cookie. Return to the oven to continue baking for another 4 to 5 minutes, until golden brown. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Cook's Note:
  • I like to color the coconut by placing it into a jar with the food coloring. Just close the lid and shake until colored. No messy hands!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 146 calories; 8.5 16.1 1.8 17 117 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

These cookies were a hit with my family. They liked my use of mini jelly beans in place of the chocolate nut, too.

Most helpful critical review

There isn't any Almonds in the recipe!!!

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These cookies were a hit with my family. They liked my use of mini jelly beans in place of the chocolate nut, too.

There isn't any Almonds in the recipe!!!

So clever! They taste great! I used M&Ms chocolate covered peanuts, and they work marvelously, without falling out of the nests.

I made these today and followed the recipe exactly except I used 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp almond extract. I didn't color the coconut which I wish I would have. They taste fine but th...

Great recipe but these are not Almond macaroons - they are coconut butter cookies.

Yummy, yummy, yummy! well-received at Easter dinner. The only small change I made was I added a bit of almond flavoring with the vanilla (1/2 tspn Vanilla, 1/4 tspn almond) . So attractive - so ...

My godchildren really liked these! This is a must for next year!

I made these for Easter and they turned out cute- like little nests with peanut M&Ms for the eggs, but they weren't as sweet as I was expecting. Too plain for me, I wouldn't make them again.

No almonds LOL, but great tasting. Made a few with no coconut for those who don't like it. Made some with chocolate eggs and some with jelly beans (these didn't stay on well). Easy & tast...