When I think of Easter I think of: birds, nests, rabbits, tulips, chocolate rabbits, jelly beans, baskets and I think of baking with coconut. I wanted to use the rest of my sweetened shredded coconut before it expired. I had a bag that had not expired but had been opened a while ago. I did not want to use that in my baking but I did use if for under my birds nests for a lovely display on a large rectangular tray. I just wish I took a picture of it!
This Easter however my back is injured so I could only work at counter level and I needed to rest/ take a break from standing. That is why this time baking took longer. I am quite appreciative of my husband for helping me with my baking projects. He helped get things out of the oven for me and things off of high shelves. He was great and was rewarded this time with some sweets.
It has been a while, since I work in a hospital, that I have had off a major holiday. I have not really seen my in laws for more than a couple of minutes in a really long time. I have to say the one benefit of injuring my back was being able to spend Easter with them. I felt like I had to make up for lost time and I never go to a person's house empty handed. I made two giant chocolate chip coconut cookies (froze one, brought one whole and I had left over dough that was divided into 12 cookies which I also froze as well) and I made these new Bird Nest cookies.
I modified a recipe that I found in "Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook" and the original recipe was "Bird's Nest cookies." But my back is hurting me still and I did not want to make small cookies and I did not have the requested M&M's semi-sweet chocolate mini baking bits. I had this great pan Wilton Brownie cup pan that I thought looked very much like a nest. The pan is designed so you can make a brownie and have a spot for the à la mode.
|The bottom of the pan but the top of the "brownie cup" where the ice cream would normally be placed|
|Top of the pan but the bottom of the "brownie cup." I have used Pam baking spray on it which has flour in it.|
I was also very tired and I doubled the recipe but I did not double the flour-- however it came out really good. It was probably a misstep after all that rest in between chopping the butter and etc for two sets of cookies. I will first include the original recipe and then I will introduce my recipe.
BIRD'S NEST COOKIES
|Bird's Nest Treat mix with toasted coconut added to the mixture.|
|Toasted Coconut and Nestle Toll House Chocolate chunks|
|Wilton's Brownie Cup pan that has been sprayed with Pam's baking spray with flour|
|Bird's Nest Treats baking on bottom rack at 300 for 16 to 18 minutes or until golden|
|Bird's Nest Treats Golden|
|I wish I added more toasted coconut to the bottom the the pan so there would be more toasted|
coconut on the top of the Bird's Nest Treats. The Bird's Nets are cooling on cooling rack on top
of a jelly roll pan.
|Bird's Nest Treats showing the frosting and the finished product|
|Finished Bird's Nest Treats|