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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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

147.6 calories; protein 1.9g 4% DV; carbohydrates 15.1g 5% DV; fat 9.3g 14% DV; cholesterol 17.1mg 6% DV; sodium 117mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2003
These cookies were a hit with my family. They liked my use of mini jelly beans in place of the chocolate nut too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/11/2017
There isn't any Almonds in the recipe!!! Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
04/11/2017
There isn't any Almonds in the recipe!!! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2003
These cookies were a hit with my family. They liked my use of mini jelly beans in place of the chocolate nut too. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2003
So clever! They taste great! I used M&Ms chocolate covered peanuts and they work marvelously without falling out of the nests. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2016
Great recipe but these are not Almond macaroons - they are coconut butter cookies. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2019
I made these twice this past Easter weekend, the first time following the recipe exactly. The second time I watched the video & read all the reviews then made my own adjustments and would highly recommend the following changes: 1/2 Tbsp baking powder, 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp almond extract and specifically sweetened coconut flakes and a variety of eggs (I used Lindt chocolate covered almonds and Robin eggs). The reduction in baking powder is due to cookies rising too much initially & not keeping the dip to hold the eggs. The recipe doesn't specify unsweetened or sweetened coconut flakes so I used sweetened and reduced the sugar because they were very sweet the first time! (For my taste anyway, but were still very much liked!) And finally the extracts were to give it a little more flavor, the almond addition went very well and also softened the cookies. The video is much more informative, don't forget to cool the batter before rolling in the coconut flakes to prevent spreading. Also baking at 325 for 14-15 minutes then allowing to cool was easier than the other way. The second time after the adjustments I enjoyed them much more, hope this helps! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2016
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 they spread out and don't look like nests. What did I do wrong? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2019
Very good little nests and cute!! Use the chocolate covered almonds called for They're awesome Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/16/2017
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2017
My godchildren really liked these! This is a must for next year! Read More