It’s Spring! Or so they keep telling us here in Chicago but with snow twice this week I am inclined to disagree. I hope spring does make an appearance though because I do love it. Everything goes from brown and gray to bright, green and colorful. In honor of spring and the approaching Easter holiday I wanted to do a quick and easy food that will be perfect to serve and your spring feasts. These Spring Bird’s Nest Cookies can be made with store-bought items and come together in a snap!
I love food crafts like this because you can use so many prepared food items to make this easier on you and to make this a fun and kid-friendly cooking project. If you prefer though you can always use your own favorite cookie dough recipe for this like I did. You can find my recipe here.
You can use a muffin or cupcake pan for this but I prefer to use a dessert shell pan. In this case, what becomes the top and the sides gets a lovely brown color which is reminiscent of a tree branch. Also, you are assured of having a lovely evenly hollowed out center for your frosting and candy.
If you want to bake with your kids or have kids like mine who think playing with frosting is fun. Then this is definitely something to do with them. To make the nests I used a pastry bag fitted with a grass tip. The great thing about the grass tip is it is very easy and forgiving so it will be easy for kids to use without the frustration of a tip that requires more control.
- Prepared cookie dough (I used chocolate chip)
- 1 can of green frosting
- Cadbury mini eggs, jelly beans, Peeps or other candy.
- Preheat oven according to cookie dough recipe or package instructions.
- Press about 3-4 tbsp. of cookie dough into dessert shell pan. Each cavity should be half way filled. Bake in the oven cooking for about 15 minutes.
- Let the cookies cool in the pan for about five minutes and then invert onto a baking sheet. The cookies should pop right out or come out with a tap on the bottom. Allow to cool completely.
- Fit a pastry bag with a grass tip and then fill the bag with canned green frosting. Pipe the frosting in a circular motion into the cooled cookie shells.
- Decorate each nest with candy eggs and birds.
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