Bird’s Nest Cookies

(from ejroberts86’s recipe box)

Makes about 36 cookies
Roll smaller amount than you think!

Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves 18 people

Categories: cookies, dessert


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • finely chopped nuts (about a 6-8 oz bag)
  • peanut M&Ms


  1. Blend butter and brown sugar until smooth

  2. Stir in egg yolks and vanilla

  3. Add in flour and salt; mix well

  4. Chill for at least 30 minutes so that the dough can be rolled into balls

  5. Dip balls in whipped egg white and roll in chopped nuts

  6. Bake at 350F for 5 min; remove from oven and press thumb print into each cookie to flatten slightly

  7. Bake 5 more min; cool completely

  8. Place a dab of frosting in each thumb print and top with one or two M&Ms

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