Easter Nest Cookies

My favorite recipe for sugar cookies gets dressed up just in time for Easter! I first saw this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and knew I had to give them a try. The original recipe called for using refrigerated cookie dough, but I knew they would taste even better with a homemade sugar cookie.

I chose my go to sugar cookie, the Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies from Baking Illustrated. These cookies were so much fun to make and I bet kids would have a ball helping frost and decorate the cookies. Chewy sugar cookies topped with a delicious buttercream frosting, tinted coconut and jelly beans.  The perfect addition to your Easter table or a spring party! 😀

Easter Nest Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies


For the Cookies:

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream


Bake cookies as directed in recipe. Click here to get the recipe! 😀

  • While cookies are cooling, add coconut to a 1-quart resealable plastic bag. Add 2 to 3 drops of desired food color and shake to blend the color. It may be necessary to add 1 to 2 teaspoons water to help disperse the color evenly or additional food color until desired color is reached.
  • To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired spreading consistency is achieved.
  • Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and top with jelly beans and 1 teaspoon of coconut. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container.
  • Source: adapted from Pillsbury, cookies from Baking Illustrated

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    12 Responses to “Easter Nest Cookies”

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      Caroline — April 4, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

      These are absolutely adorable…so festive! I must get to Easter baking asap! x

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      Caroline — April 4, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

      Cute! I need to try these, they look delicious! (I’m a sucker for Cadbury Mini Eggs;)

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      Ryan — April 4, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

      These are so cute! I just love all the pretty pastels and they look so fun and festive for Easter!

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      ChgoJohn — April 4, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

      Perfect Easter cookies! Kids will love ’em!

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      Bluejellybeans — April 4, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

      They are gorgeous Christina 🙂

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      Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — April 4, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

      Those do look hard to eat, being so high and all. Guess I can tough it!

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      Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious) — April 5, 2012 @ 2:02 am

      Good call on the homemade sugar cookie. And these look absolutely adorable, which makes it more fun to eat!

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      Villy — April 5, 2012 @ 3:18 am

      So lovely!

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      Chica Andaluza — April 5, 2012 @ 8:11 am

      So pretty and perfect for Easter!

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      The Teenage Taste — April 5, 2012 @ 9:27 am

      Aww, Christina, these cookies look beyond cute! Perfect for Easter, but I’m sure yummy enough to eat year-round!

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      thekalechronicles — April 6, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

      Pretty cute — and homemade cookies almost always taste better.

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      Hester aka The Chef Doc — April 7, 2012 @ 10:36 am

      What cuteness! You did a perfect job on the tinting of the coconut flakes! I wish I had a plate of these in front of me… or, do I really? Lol. Thank you so much for sharing these beauties. Happy Easter!

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