Easter 2016: Nest cookies are the perfect addition to any spring get-together

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By: Haley Churchhchurch@flavor574.com

Easter is right around the corner, and I was trying to think of something with a bit more personality than the traditional carrot cake dessert. Yet, cream cheese frosting is my favorite.

As my mind wandered from German chocolate cake and Cadbury eggs, I realized that shredded coconut flakes would make a great “nest” effect with the eggs. I went with a simple sugar cookie topped with homemade cream cheese frosting to secure the confections.

NEST COOKIES

Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Makes: 3 dozen cookies

You’ll need:

For the cookies

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

For the frosting

  • 8 ounces of Philadelphia cream cheese, melted
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

For the topping

  • 2 cups shredded coconut flakes, toasted
  • 1 bag of Cadbury or Robin eggs (I used Cadbury)

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 325 F.
  2. On a baking sheet, spread coconut flakes evenly. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir the melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract and sugar. Add the flour and baking soda. Mix well.
  4. I refrigerate my cookie dough for 10 minutes before baking because I believe it results in fluffier cookies.
  5. On a greased or nonstick baking sheet, scoop rounded balls of the sugar cookie dough.
  6. Bake at 325 for 11 to 14 minutes.
  7. While the cookies are baking, melt cream cheese. In a bowl, add the cream cheese and butter and mix well. Stir in the powdered sugar one cup at a time to prevent clumping. You could use a mixer for this step, but hand mixing is fine. Refrigerate until needed.
  8. When the cookies are completely cooled, spread a layer of the cream cheese frosting on top.
  9. Sprinkle the toasted coconut in circular fashion.
  10. Secure candy eggs in the coconut nest.
  11. Enjoy!
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