Bird Nest Cookies, this is a great recipe for Spring Cookies to share with family or any social gathering! I made these bird nest cookies for Easter and the family loved them.
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter, shortening, sugars and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Add eggs in to batter one at a time, stirring throughly after each egg. Gradually add in flour, soda and salt, mix until well blended.
Scoop a teaspoon size of cookie dough and roll into a ball, place in greased mini muffin baking tray. Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven. Use a tart shaper to push down the center of the cookie, to form a basket shape. I am the queen of kitchen gadgets( at least that is what my husband states) I can’t believe I don’t have a tart shaper, it is on my list to get, so i used the top of my apple core, it worker perfectly! Let the basket shaped cookies cool slightly and remove from baking tray. Place on wire rack and cool completely.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 “8” ounce cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup butter (softened)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 drops of green food coloring.
Cream together the cream cheese, butter and almond extract; mixing until well blended. Slowly stir in the powdered sugar, mix well. Add in a few drops of food coloring until you have the correct color constancy. Fill each cookie with cream cheese filling. If you do not own a pastry bag or an icing decorator, place dough into a ziplock baggies, and cut off a small corner of the baggies, this will serve as your pastry bag. Top each cookie with a whopper egg or peanut M & M’s.
This was such an easy to make cookie, which received rave reviews!
Cookie recipe adapted from Making Memories.
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