Bird Nest Cookies
I’m leaving the island next weekend (already!) so my last day at the nursery is fast approaching. I wanted to decorate some Easter-themed cookies to take to work but I’m not particularly a fan of the taste and texture of sugar cookies, so I tried out yet another Allrecipes.com recipe. The recipe turned out to be exactly what I wanted. It’s easy, tasty, and it distorts very little when baked. So long, sugar cookies.
1 cup butter
3 oz cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Cream together the butter and cream cheese, then beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in egg yolk and vanilla. Mix in flour until well-combined. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350*F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 8-12 minutes, watching carefully, until edges are just lightly browned. Cool on cookie racks and frost as desired.
I didn’t follow a particular frosting recipe; I just beat butter with a bit of vanilla and added icing sugar, then a little milk. I made it stiffer than I would a cupcake frosting. To make the nests I added cocoa (and a bit more milk) and piped it using a sandwich bag with a corner snipped off. The eggs are Cadbury Micro Eggs. I actually had a bag saved from last year– and as far I can tell, they’ve been discontinued. I am very sad about that. The regular Mini Eggs seem awfully big in comparison, but they would still work on a cupcake or cake. Or a much bigger cookie. I also made bunny cookies with my new rabbit cookie cutter but they weren’t particularly attractive, nor were my photos of them.
I love my new Wilton Daffodil Yellow paste food colouring. It’s a vegetable dye, so there’s no tatrazine (yellow #5.)
Do you like sugar cookies? Do you like decorating cookies? Do you make Easter baking?