Mini Almond Macaroon Nests

    1 hour 5 minutes

    This is a tradition at Easter in our family! Delicate butter cookies, coated with colored coconut to look like little nests. Nests are filled with chocolate covered almonds or peanuts.

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    Makes: 36 nests

    • 2 cups (300g) plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 175g butter, room temperature
    • 1 (250g) package cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups (150g) flaked coconut
    • 2 drops red food coloring
    • 2 drops yellow food coloring
    • 250g candy and chocolate coated almonds or peanuts

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:25min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Preheat oven to 165 degrees C. Grease two baking trays.
    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 5cm apart onto the prepared trays. Press 1 almond into the center of each cookie.
    5. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, then remove from the oven and press 2 more almonds 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 trays 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!

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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.  -  02 Apr 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    So clever! They taste great! I used M&Ms chocolate covered peanuts, and they work marvelously, without falling out of the nests.  -  14 Apr 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    There isn't any Almonds in the recipe!!!  -  11 Apr 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)