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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Bird's Nest Thumbprint Cookies / #SpringSweetsWeek



This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
Welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek, day 2! I hope you are having fun checking out all the tasty recipes so far! Have you entered the giveaway yet? Don't forget! You can enter towards the end of this page! Today I made these Bird's Nest Thumbprint Cookies. They are fun to make, and if you have any helpers, this is the cookie recipe for them. There are chocolate eggs to go on the tops of the cookies, and if your helpers are not too young, they might want to try piping the grass and the birds nest. These cookies are good practice and this recipe is very versatile. I have used it several times for different types of thumbprint fillings. This is also one of those recipes I just love because not everything has to be done at one time, or the same time. You can make this recipe a day or two ahead of the decorating. Then finish the frosting closer to the day you want the cookies ready! Plus, this recipe is really yummy!

Bird's Nest Thumbprint Cookies
(Makes 7 dozen)
(printable recipe at end of page)

1 cup Butter
1 cup Dixie Crystals Powdered Sugar
1 cup Dixie Crystals Granulated Sugar
2 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
5 1/4 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Frosting
Wilton Color Kelly Green 
Americolor Chocolate Brown
Wilton Tip #233
Mini Chocolate Eggs

Frosting Recipe:
3/4 cup Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Dixie Crystals Powdered Sugar




Mix the butter on medium until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and granulated sugar and mix again. Add your eggs, oil, vanilla, and lemon juice. Beat until blended.
In a separate bowl, mix together your flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Then add that to the mixing bowl with the sugar ingredients.
Use a small scoop and place scoops of batter on to a cookie sheet.
Roll each ball around in your hand making them smooth. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove from oven.
Immediately use something that will compress the middle of the cookie, giving it an edge. I used a pestle. I sprayed the pestle with cooking spray so it would not stick to the cookies.
I like making the cookie indentation immediately after the cookies have baked. It gives a cleaner look, with less cracked cookie sides. These cookies will not brown, but they may become slightly brown on the bottom. When they do, they are done. Place on cooling rack to cool. 
Make the frosting by mixing together the warm water and meringue powder. Whisk it by hand for 30 seconds. Add the cream of tartar and whisk 30 seconds more. Use a mixer with a paddle attachment, add the sugar and mix for 15 minutes on low speed. The icing will become creamy and thick. Mix 1/2 cup of the frosting green and another 1/2 cup colored brown. You will have a lot of frosting left for future recipes.
Use a Wilton tip 233 to place green tufts of grass around the inside edges of the cookies.
Use the same tip again, only with a decorating bag filled with brown frosting. Pipe a circle around the top of the cookie, making it look similar to a birds nest.

Place the eggs on the tops of the cookies. Enjoy!


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Bird's Nest Thumbprint Cookies

ingredients:

Cookies
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals Granulated Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 5 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Frosting
  • Mini Chocolate Eggs
Frosting
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water
  • 5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 pounds Powdered Sugar
  • Wilton Color Kelly Green
  • Americolor Chocolate Brown
  • Wilton Tip #233

instructions:

Cookies
  1. Mix the butter on medium until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and granulated sugar and mix again. Add your eggs, oil, vanilla, and lemon juice. Beat until blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together your flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Then add that to the mixing bowl with the sugar ingredients.
  3. Use a small scoop and place scoops of batter on to a cookie sheet.
  4. Roll each ball around in your hand making them smooth. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove from oven.
  5. Immediately use something that will compress the middle of the cookie, giving it an edge. I used a pestle. I sprayed the pestle with cooking spray so it would not stick to the cookies.
  6. I like making the cookie indentation immediately after the cookies have baked. It gives a cleaner look, with less cracked cookie sides. These cookies will not brown, but they may become slightly brown on the bottom. When they do, they are done. Place on cooling rack to cool.
  7. Make the frosting by mixing together the warm water and meringue powder. Whisk it by hand for 30 seconds. Add the cream of tartar and whisk 30 seconds more. Use a mixer with a paddle attachment, add the sugar and mix for 15 minutes on low speed. The icing will become creamy and thick. Mix 1/2 cup of the frosting green and another 1/2 cup colored brown. You will have a lot of frosting left for future recipes.
  8. Use a Wilton tip 233 to place green tufts of grass around the inside edges of the cookies.
  9. Use the same tip again, only with a decorating bag filled with brown frosting. Pipe a circle around the top of the cookie, making it look similar to a birds nest.
  10. Place the eggs on the tops of the cookies. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Vanilla Bundt Cake w/ a Bird's Nest Topper

These sweet little mini cakes might just be the answer to your "What do I serve for Easter dessert?" question! They are Vanilla Bundt Cakes with a Bird's Nest Topper. The cakes can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until the day you want to serve them. You will want to make the bird nests a day or three before also. This recipe has a lot of different pieces, but there is nothing difficult about it. It's bake the cake, make the nests, make the icing, all before the event. Drizzle the cake, put the eggs in the nest, place the nest on the cake when ready to serve. A simple dessert for Easter Sunday, a spring party, or Mother's Day!
Vanilla Bundt Cake w/ a Bird's Nest Topper 
(makes 1 dozen bundt cakes)
(printable recipe at end of post)

Cake
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 
pinch of Salt
1/2 cup softened Butter
1 3/4 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
4 Egg Whites
1 1/3 cups Buttermilk

Frosting
3/4 cup Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
Pink Food Coloring
Yellow Food Coloring
Purple Food Coloring

Bird Nests
2 cups  Chow Mein Noodles
2 cups Melted Milk Chocolate
Small Cadbury Eggs 

Preheat oven to 350Ⓕ.

Lightly grease and flour the bundt pans you will be using. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla. Add egg whites one at a time, beating after adding each one. Start alternately adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk until combined.
 Add batter to pan and bake for 10-12 minutes, checking with a toothpick to see if it is done. Remove from pan and let cool completely. Set aside. 
I used my favorite chocolate bar from Trader Joe's to make the nests. To melt chocolate, use a double boiler, so you don't scorch the chocolate. Mix together the chow mein noodles and the melted milk chocolate. I used a spatula and my hands with gloves on to get them mixed properly.
 Form nests by forming a ball, and then bring the sides up, making an indentation forming the nests.
Make the frosting-pour the warm water into your mixing bowl. Add the meringue powder. Whisk it for 30 seconds. It should become frothy and thicken up a little. Add the cream of tartar. Whisk again for 30 seconds. Pour in all the confectioners sugar at one time. Use the paddle attachment if you have a stand mixer. Put your speed on,low, and mix for 10 minutes. The frosting will get thick and creamy. Place the frosting in a container that you can seal tight, because it can get crusty and dry out. You will probably have some frosting left over. 
Mix your icing colors. Mix approximately 1 cup of each color. After mixing the colors, thin them by starting with adding a 1/4 teaspoon of water to each color so they will drizzle a little. You may need to add more, but just use a little bit at a time.
Drizzle your cake with the colors you choose. Fill the birds nest with the eggs, and place it on the cake! You are ready to serve and enjoy!

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yield: 12 mini bundt cakesprint recipe

Vanilla Bundt Cake w/ a Bird's Nest Topper

prep time: cook time: total time:

INGREDIENTS:

Mini Bundt Cakes
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup softened Butter
  • 1 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 1/3 cups Buttermilk
Frosting
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water
  • 5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
  • Pink, Yellow and Purple Food Coloring
Birds Nests
  • 2 cups Chow Mein Noodles
  • 2 cups Melted Milk Chocolate
  • Small Cadbury Eggs

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350Ⓕ.
  2. Lightly grease and flour the bundt pans you will be using. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla. Add egg whites one at a time, beating after adding each one. Start alternately adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk until combined.
  3. Add batter to pan and bake for 10-12 minutes, checking with a toothpick to see if it is done. Remove from pan and let cool completely. Set aside.
  4. I used my favorite chocolate bar from Trader Joe's to make the nests. To melt chocolate, use a double boiler, so you don't scorch the chocolate. Mix together the chow mein noodles and the melted milk chocolate. I used a spatula and my hands with gloves on to get them mixed properly.
  5. Form nests by forming a ball, and then bring the sides up, making an indentation forming the nests.
  6. Make the frosting-pour the warm water into your mixing bowl. Add the meringue powder. Whisk it for 30 seconds. It should become frothy and thicken up a little. Add the cream of tartar. Whisk again for 30 seconds. Pour in all the confectioners sugar at one time. Use the paddle attachment if you have a stand mixer. Put your speed on,low, and mix for 10 minutes. The frosting will get thick and creamy. Place the frosting in a container that you can seal tight, because it can get crusty and dry out. You will probably have some frosting left over.
  7. Mix your icing colors. Mix approximately 1 cup of each color. After mixing the colors, thin them by starting with adding a 1/4 teaspoon of water to each color so they will drizzle a little. You may need to add more, but just use a little bit at a time.
  8. Drizzle your cake with the colors you choose. Fill the birds nest with the eggs, and place it on the cake! You are ready to serve and enjoy!
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Linzer Buttercream Spring Cookies

I am really ready for spring! So, in the hopes of nudging things along, hoping that it might arrive earlier, rather than later, I made some Linzer Buttercream Cookies in spring colors! I used the daisy cutout for the center because that was the only cutout that was "spring like". Then wouldn't you know that I was at HomeGoods yesterday, and I saw a Linzer cutout set made just for spring! Oh well! I hope these cookies make you smile!
 Linzer Buttercream Cookies for spring
Linzer Buttercream Spring Cookies

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cookie Journey Last Thursday!

This post is really last Thursday's Cookie Journey post. Last Thursday was such a bad start to the weekend for me that I got a little delayed in posting these cookies. As it starts to get warmer in the desert, I start to have major allergies. They pretty much knock me down, and every year it takes a couple days to get it together. So, now that I am back to myself again, I will also post our Cookie Journey tomorrow also, so we will be caught up, and on schedule!!
I wanted to make some spring time cookies because I love spring colors, and I came across some mini melt mints that I couldn't resist, and I wanted to use them somehow.
 Hello Spring! Cookies
When I first starting making these cookies I started with this:
and I added this to the top:
These are the mini melts, but I left them whole, except 
for a couple in the middle, but I didn't like the look of the
whole melts and I didn't particularly like the white icing.
I thought maybe I would try to use the colors of the mini melts.
After all, these are the spring colors I loved in the first place.
So I outlined the first cookie in pink. But instead of just straight pink
I thought I would try something different.
I squeezed all the white frosting from the pastry bag,
and filled it with pink frosting, without making sure the
white frosting was all out. I outlined the cookie, and ....
then filled it in like we did in one of our first posts.
I love the look!
We might want to remember this if we do any
tie dye 60's cookies in the future!
Then I took two mints in each color, and chopped them into
very small pieces, and ...
centered them in the middle of the cookie!
I actually chopped the mints before I decorated
the cookie, so I would be ready to put the pieces
on the cookie while it was still wet. I only used about
half of what I chopped. I used the rest for the next cookie.
Then I made a yellow cookie, and...
decorated it with the chopped melts.
And, you know I had to make a green one.

These are all the colors of the melts.
I think they turned out pretty good.
Here is one important thing I learned: Remember when we talked about filling
in the frosting? I discovered that the outline of the pink cookies show
too much for my liking. I prefer the smooth to the edge look.
The outline showed because, #1-It is very dry here, and everything dries too quick,
and #2-while I was filling in the petals on one side of the cookie, the outline
was drying. So when I frosted the green and yellow cookies, I outlined them,
and then filled in going around the entire cookie, essentially filling in the entire
cookie at one time, instead of a section at a time.
I hope that makes sense!
I really thought the filling would be more effective doing it section by section,
but it is not. That is what this cookie journey is all about~discovering what
works, trying to figure out why, and then practice, practice, practice until
we get it right.
I know we can do it!!

Tomorrow is Cookie Journey Thursday again,
and I'm thinking St. Patrick's Day cookies!!

Thanks for joining me!