Birds Nest Cookie Recipe..

Finally, here is the recipe for all of you. Birds Nest Cookies - a.k.a. Bright Eyed Susans, a.k.a. Thumbprint cookies
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespooons water
1 tsp almond extract
1 egg yolk
Almonds - sliced or chopped - your call.
Jam of choice for centres

*oven 350 F

Cream together butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add water, extract and egg yolk. Sift flour and baking powder. Add to butter mixture. Form into balls about the size of walnuts. Roll balls in nuts. Place on parchment paper on cookie sheet.

Find the cutes assistant you can to poke holes in your cookies. When cute assistant is not looking, and is proud of all her pokes, fix them to accomodate a teaspoon, or more, of jam. Bake cookies in the oven for 5 minutes - without the jam. Remove from oven - now drop in the jam. Place back in oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes.

Let cool then watch cute assistant with her Mexico Grandpa enjoy. (She calls him Mexico Grandpa as he lives there half the year teaching art and painting) She actually pronounces it Matchco Grandpa.

photo by Janis Nicolay

Watch out for little sneaky seconds stealers.


Jane said...

So so true. I always have to fix up the shapes or balls or holes my cute assistant makes, but I have to do it when not looking so she doesn't get hurt feelings. I will try these, thanks! xoxo

Pinecone Camp said...

Yum. These are delicious cookies. Look at that face on Lily...the little thief!

Cathi said...

what precious pictures of your assistant! the cookies look delicious - will give them a try! happy weekend to you all!

Gabriel Girl said...


If only I could reach through the computer screen...

Gigi said...

Hooray! Thank you! xoxo Gigi

koralee said...

Yahooooooo...your post is adorable...I Will be making these this week! Also come visit...I have tagged you...only play if you want to! It is quiet fun! xoxoxo

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Thanks for the visit and for leading me here. I'm sure I shall be a frequent visitor. Lovely blog!

AnnaVallance said...

These cookies bring back wonderful memories of baking with my girls. Thank you. They are across the ocean but I will try your recipe anyways.

paperhill said...

my grandmother made these all the time!

Clementinecup said...

Just made these.

Susie said...


Hnia said...

I made these cookies today and they turned out to be great! Everyone in my family liked it, even the picky eaters and that's saying something. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe with us. =)

Norliza said...

Hi Heather, just stumbled upon your blog. LOVING your country life, photos, residents (pets or otherwise .. hehe) and what nots! I live in metropolitan city of Singapore so we dont get much "country" scenes here. But i used to... Singapore in the 70's... though not as colourful as your country photos. Anyways.. i saw the bird's nest recipe and it looks delish and simple. I've tried and they are absolutely gorgeous. Love it much!! Looking forward to reading all yr posts. :-) Norliza

Montreal Marlo said...

Just came across your blog after typing "birds nest cookies" into google! These are one of my family's favourites. I'm in Montreal and they are in B.C. but when I bake these, we may as well all be in the same room together. I also like to play the Bruce Cockburn Christmas album at the same time.
Beautiful blog!