Easter nest biscuits

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    A tradition at Easter in our family! A delicate butter biscuit is covered in coconut to look like a nest, and holds three mini chocolate eggs in the centre.

    3 people made this

    Makes: 36 biscuits

    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 170g butter, room temperature
    • 225g cream cheese, room temperature
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 150g desiccated coconut
    • mini chocolate eggs or chocolate covered almonds, for decorating
    • For coloured nests
    • 2 drops yellow food colouring (optional)
    • 2 drops red food colouring (optional)

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:25min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease baking trays or line with baking parchment.
    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. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls, then roll the balls in the coconut. Place them 5cm apart onto the prepared trays. Press 1 mini egg or chocolate covered almond into the centre of each biscuit.
    4. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, then remove from the oven and press 2 more mini eggs into the centre of each biscuit. Return to the oven to continue baking for another 4 to 5 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    For coloured nests

    Divide the coconut into three separate containers. Colour one portion red, one yellow, and leave one plain. I like to colour the coconut by placing it into a jar with the food coloring. Just close the lid and shake until colored. Then toss the colored coconut together with the plain, and roll the dough in the coconut as above.


    To avoid the possibility of the mini eggs cracking in the oven whilst baking, make an indent for the nests and then add the eggs after baking, gluing to the biscuits with a little icing or melted white or plain chocolate.


    Easter nest biscuits
    Easter nest biscuits

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    Reviews in English (13)


    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 US | 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 US | Canada)


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