Bird Nest Cookies

by Megan on March 26, 2012

I can’t get enough of this song: Spun by Grouplove. It’ll make you dance. Beware. I can’t get enough sunshine. I keep reading books in the backyard. I have a v-neck sunburn line, but to me it’s tan? And I can’t get enough chocolate chip cookie remixes in my life either. They are the comfort food of the cookie world.

They taste like home, and sometimes you just need to taste that, right?

These guys are bird nesty as in there is coconut that gets toasty in the oven and pretty little Cadbury Mini Eggs scattered on top. Seriously, those little eggs make me so happy. They’re my favorite.

So if you’re in need of some homey Easter-ish cookies in your life these are the ones for you. Basically, they make me so thankful that coconut and chocolate exist. Those two are the best.

Bird Nest Cookies
Recipe adapted from these whole wheat guys


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1 cup mini egg chocolates
  • 1 heaping cup sweetened coconut
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ยฐF and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together the cold cubed butter and the sugars with an electric mixer on low until just combined, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until mixed in. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the buttery goodness and beat until combined.
  4. Scoop heaping teaspoons of dough into the coconut and roll around to coat. Press 2-3 mini eggs into the dough and place on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges and set in the center. Cool on a wire rack.

YAY! Click HEREย for a printable PDF of the recipe above!

I tried three different methods with the coconut/egg combo.

  1. I pressed coconut and chocolate eggs into the surface.
  2. I placed 2 chocolate eggs in the center of the dough and rolled it in coconut.
  3. I rolled the dough in coconut and pressed 2 eggs into it.

All around, I liked the third way best because less eggs jumped ship. But, feel free to mix eggs and coconut in the dough straight up. That’d be super-good!


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

heather March 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

These make me happy. Spring! Cookies!


Megan March 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

Yay! Celebrating spring with baked goodness is just how it should be, right? ๐Ÿ™‚


mum March 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Love!! And I love that they taste like ‘home’ to you…oh yeah! Dads chocolate chip cookie dough that is kicked up a notch for Easter!!


Megan March 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

They’re homey, homey. Oh! I have an idea about cookies that I have to tell you!


CC March 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Found this on Pinterest and curious how many cookies this recipe yielded as well as, although this might be dumb but want to make sure “t” = teaspoon


Megan March 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

“t” is teaspoon and “T” is tablespoon, and this recipe made quite a few cookies! About 3-4 dozen depending on the size you make them. ๐Ÿ™‚


Kat March 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

No offense to anyone enjoying whole wheat, but could I just use regular flour? Also, what is the difference between “all purpose” flour, and pastry flour? Is there a way to use one type of flour for the recipe?


Megan March 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Hey Kat, Whole wheat pastry flour is the whole wheat version of all-purpose, but you can easily just use all-purpose if you want.

So yeah! Feel free to make this recipe with all-purpose instead of whole wheat. It’ll be tasty!


cindy March 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

these are so cute! coconut just makes the best nest for those eggs.


Megan March 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

If I was a bird, I’d totally have a coconut nest.


NicoleD March 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I have an insane weakness for Mini Eggs. Best seasonal candy ever. They are so pretty with the coconut!


Megan March 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Those mini eggs are just the best! It’s impossible to have constraint for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚


Melanie March 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Mini Eggs baked into a cookie?! Holy amazing!


Megan April 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm

!! They’re just the best candy, I think!


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