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 Easter Bird Nest Cookies Recipe
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Easter Bird Nest Cookies

4 cups sweetened flake coconut
3 to 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) mini jelly beans
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon coconut extract

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat together butter, cream cheese and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg yolk and coconut extract. On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in 3 batches until well blended. Stir in 3 cups of the coconut. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour until firm enough to handle. Spread remaining coconut on waxed paper.
Heat oven to 350 degrees

Using level tablespoon, shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut. Place on ungreased baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.

Bake at 350 degrees in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until firm to touch. Cool on baking sheet or wire rack for 1 minute. Then press indentation into center of each cookie, using back of 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon mini chocolate chips into each indentation. Top with 3 jellybeans.


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