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Easter Coconut Bird’s Egg Nests #FoodieExtravaganza

By Sue Lau @zzazzazza

Coconut macaroon cookies filled with caramel and mini robin’s egg candies.
Easter Coconut Bird's Egg Nests


Easter Coconut Bird’s Egg Nests
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Once again it is time for Foodie Extravaganza, and this month’s theme is caramel. Since Easter is just around the corner, I thought I might do some macaroon cookies disguised as bird’s nest and fill them with caramel instead of the usual chocolate and top them  off with some mini robin’s egg candies.

While they look really involved, they are pretty fast and simple to make. I gave them a “moderate ” difficulty only because the egg whites need to be beaten until stiff. With a stand mixer that comes together in about a minute. The only real word of warning I have is that when you go to put the robin’s eggs in them, do that while they are on the pan and not on the wire rack as the cookies are still a little soft and pressing down on them might squish them through the wires. Other than that, easy peasy.

Easter Coconut Bird's Egg Nests

Join me tomorrow when I share my recipe for Bumblebee Cookies for #FilltheCookieJar, which is slightly more involved, as those are made in stages allowing icings to dry in between, so it can be drawn out. But it’s a fun recipe, very crafty for the kids to make, provided they are old enough to handle the construction of the cookies, which a toddler won’t be able to handle easily (it’s more for kids 8-12 I think). But if you’d rather skip that part, the cookie base is quite simple and delicious on it’s own. Drop by to check out the details! Until then-

~Sue

Easter Coconut Bird's Egg Nests

Easter Coconut Bird's Egg Nests

  • Servings: 16
  • Time: 35mins
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Easter Coconut Bird's Egg Nests

Makes 16 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 caramel candy squares, unwrapped (Kraft)
  • 1 bag malted milk candy mini robin’s eggs (Whoppers)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Toss coconut (reserve 1/2 cup coconut for later) with sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. Shape caramels into flattened round disks and set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites in a stand mixer fitted with a wire whip until egg whites are stiff.
  5. Fold egg whites into coconut, mixing well.
  6. Add extracts to coconut dough and mix again.
  7. Divide dough into 16 pieces, roll into a meatball sized ball,  and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  8. Flatten dough into a disk, and reshape edges if necessary. Sprinkle with the reserved coconut, pressing down lightly.
  9. Bake cookies for 12 minutes, then remove from oven and press the caramel into the center of each cookie.
  10. Return cookies to the oven and bake another 8-10 minutes or until coconut is lightly browned.
  11. Remove from oven and rest one minute on the pan,
  12. Press robin’s egg candies into the center of each cookie to fill up the nests (amount of candies needed may vary, but generally about 6 in each).
  13. Finish cooling cookies on a wire rack.

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com


Easter Coconut Bird's Egg Nests

Easter Coconut Bird’s Egg Nests #FoodieExtravaganza

A cookie version of one of my favorite Starbucks coffee drinks with a candied chestnut praline topping.

Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies

Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Up until recently,  one of my favorite drinks at Starbucks has been the Chestnut Praline Latte (that has  been replaced with the Gingerbread Eggnog Latte, which I recently posted a recipe knockoff for). I also had been thinking that I wanted to do some sort of cookie or other dessert recipes this year that included chestnuts. They always seemed very Christmaslike to me. And until now I only posted a savory one: Chestnut Stuffing).

I enjoyed how these turned out with a good coffee,  praline and chestnut flavor and am very happy to share this recipe with you here, and also with followers of the 12 Days of #ChristmasCookies (you can see more cookie recipes below, and also on each of the days from December1-12 on participating blogs).

Tomorrow I will be posting Turtle Chocolate Chips cookies, on Sunday Cherry-Pistachio Icebox Cookies and on Monday (the last day of the Cookie event) I will post Eggnog Snickerdoodles. Tuesday I will be joining the #BreadBakers group with my holiday recipe for Marzipan Stollen. I hope you join me each and every day!

~Sue

Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies

[recipe title="Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies" servings="36" time="1hr 30mins" difficulty="easy"]

Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen

  • Requires extra setting up time for praline toppings and icing before storage

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1-1/2  cups brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon coffee extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Praline topping:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 5.2 ounce package peeled roasted chestnuts, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee extract

Glaze:

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • milk, as needed

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add egg and extracts, mixing until smooth.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  5. Add to mixer while running, a little at a time, until mixed in.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm; cool completely on parchment.
  8. To make praline topping, stir  together the brown sugar, heavy cream and butter  in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil hard for one minute.
  9. Immediately stir in the sifted powdered sugar and then chopped chestnuts and extracts.
  10. Spoon praline topping over cookies, and allow to set and harden.
  11. Then whisk up a glaze of powdered sugar and enough milk to form a drizzle and drizzle over set cookies.
  12. Allow glaze to also set and dry before putting them away, 45 minutes or more.

from the kitchen of palatablepastime.com[/recipe]

Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies

Easter Coconut Bird’s Egg Nests #FoodieExtravaganza

      Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 9

" />‘</p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies</strong></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime</strong></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Up until recently,  one of my favorite drinks at Starbucks has been the Chestnut Praline Latte (that has  been replaced with the <a href="https://palatablepastime.com/2016/12/04/gingerbread-eggnog-latte/">Gingerbread Eggnog Latte</a>, which I recently posted a recipe knockoff for). I also had been thinking that I wanted to do some sort of cookie or other dessert recipes this year that included chestnuts. They always seemed very Christmaslike to me. And until now I only posted a savory one: <a href="https://palatablepastime.com/2015/11/25/old-fashioned-chestnut-stuffing-or-dressing/">Chestnut Stuffing</a>).</p> <p style="text-align:left;">I enjoyed how these turned out with a good coffee,  praline and chestnut flavor and am very happy to share this recipe with you here, and also with followers of the 12 Days of #ChristmasCookies (you can see more cookie recipes below, and also on each of the days from December1-12 on participating blogs).</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Tomorrow I will be posting Turtle Chocolate Chips cookies, on Sunday Cherry-Pistachio Icebox Cookies and on Monday (the last day of the Cookie event) I will post Eggnog Snickerdoodles. Tuesday I will be joining the #BreadBakers group with my holiday recipe for Marzipan Stollen. I hope you join me each and every day!</p> <p style="text-align:left;">~Sue</p> <p><a title="Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies" href="http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh104/zaarlorie/chestnut%20praline%20latte%20cookies%20tall.jpg" rel="nofollow"><img class="aligncenter" src="http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh104/zaarlorie/chestnut%20praline%20latte%20cookies%20tall.jpg" alt="Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies" width="500" height="750" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;">[recipe title="Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies" servings="36" time="1hr 30mins" difficulty="easy"]</p> <p><a title="Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies" href="http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh104/zaarlorie/chestnut%20praline%20latte%20cookies%20sq.jpg" rel="nofollow"><img class="alignright" src="http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh104/zaarlorie/chestnut%20praline%20latte%20cookies%20sq.jpg" alt="Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies" width="175" height="175" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Yield: 3 dozen</strong></p> <ul> <li style="text-align:left;"><em>Requires extra setting up time for praline toppings and icing before storage</em></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <ul> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>1/2 cup soft butter</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>1-1/2  cups brown sugar</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>1 large egg</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>1 teaspoon coffee extract</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>1 teaspoon vanilla extract</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>1/2 teaspoon salt</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>Praline topping:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>1 cup light brown sugar</strong></li> <li><strong>1/2 cup heavy cream</strong></li> <li><strong>4 tablespoons butter</strong></li> <li><strong>1 cup sifted powdered sugar</strong></li> <li><strong>5.2 ounce package peeled roasted chestnuts, chopped (about 1 cup)</strong></li> <li><strong>1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract</strong></li> <li><strong>1/2 teaspoon coffee extract</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>Glaze:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>1 cup sifted powdered sugar</strong></li> <li><strong>milk, as needed</strong></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Method:</strong></p> <ol> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>Preheat oven to 350°F.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>In an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>Add egg and extracts, mixing until smooth.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>Sift together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>Add to mixer while running, a little at a time, until mixed in.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>Use a cookie scoop to drop dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm; cool completely on parchment.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>To make praline topping, stir  together the brown sugar, heavy cream and butter  in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil hard for one minute.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>Immediately stir in the sifted powdered sugar and then chopped chestnuts and extracts.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>Spoon praline topping over cookies, and allow to set and harden.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>Then whisk up a glaze of powdered sugar and enough milk to form a drizzle and drizzle over set cookies.</strong></li> <li style="text-align:left;"><strong>Allow glaze to also set and dry before putting them away, 45 minutes or more.</strong></li> </ol> <p style="text-align:left;"><strong>from the kitchen of palatablepastime.com</strong>[/recipe]</p> <p><a title="Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies" href="http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh104/zaarlorie/chestnut%20praline%20latte%20cookies%20sq.jpg" rel="nofollow"><img class="aligncenter" src="http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh104/zaarlorie/chestnut%20praline%20latte%20cookies%20sq.jpg" alt="Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies" width="500" height="500" /></a></p> <div class="separator" style="clear:both;text-align:center;"><a style="margin-left:1em;margin-right:1em;" href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ekc9kwyK-zU/WDmNgT_c7LI/AAAAAAAAUT4/p4IeTQEqk8QLkKioy0-3xZYPk9A_I9MIQCLcB/s1600/14138747_1254961907871323_5506829675002016655_o.jpg"><img src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ekc9kwyK-zU/WDmNgT_c7LI/AAAAAAAAUT4/p4IeTQEqk8QLkKioy0-3xZYPk9A_I9MIQCLcB/s400/14138747_1254961907871323_5506829675002016655_o.jpg" width="400" height="200" border="0" /></a></div> <div style="text-align:justify;"> <p>      Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by <a href="http://familyaroundthetable.com/" target="_blank">Family Around the Table</a> and <a href="http://www.cookingwithcarlee.com/" target="_blank">Cooking With Carlee</a>.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can <a href="https://www.facebook.com/12daysofchristmascookies/?fref=ts" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">follow along on Facebook</a> or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/famtable/12-days-of-christmas-cookies/?etslf=3807&eq=12" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board </a>where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!</p> <h3 style="text-align:center;"><strong>Day 9</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies from <a href="https://palatablepastime.com/" target="_blank">A Palatable Pastime</a></li> <li>Coffee Cake Cookies from <a href="https://jolenesrecipejournal.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Jolene’s Recipe Journal</a></li> <li>Lightened up Peanut Blossoms from <a href="http://simpleandsavory.com/" target="_blank">Simple and Savory</a></li> <li>Muddy Snowballs from <a href="http://familyaroundthetable.com/" target="_blank">Family Around the Table</a></li> <li>Peppermint Meringues from <a href="http://feedingbig.com/" target="_blank">Feeding Big</a></li> <li>Pyraniki from <a href="http://adayinthelifeonthefarm.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">A Day in the Life on the Farm</a></li> <li>Toffee Shortbread from <a href="http://www.chefnextdoorblog.com/" target="_blank">The Chef Next Door</a></li> <li>Welcome Home Chocolate Chip Cookies from <a href="http://www.cookingwithcarlee.com/" target="_blank">Cooking With Carlee</a></li> </ul> </div> <div style="text-align:justify;"></div> ' data-orig-size="" data-image-title="Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies" data-orig-file="" data-image-meta="[]" width="200" data-medium-file="" data-permalink="https://palatablepastime.com/?p=9252" alt="Foodie Extravaganza" height="200" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-9252" data-large-file="">

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Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party where bloggers come together to create recipes using the same ingredient. The host, this month it’s Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas, picks an ingredient from the website The Nibble. If you’re a blogger and would like to join in the fun, you can request to join on this Facebook page. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of the month. If you’d like to see past recipes, you can follow our Pinterest board too.

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