Monday, December 13, 2010

Truffled Bird Nest Cookies

Truffles, Coconuts, 'n Pecans, la la la la... 

While growing up, my Grandmas were famous for their beautiful Christmas cookie platters. My favorites were Grandma's Bird Nest Cookies. She filled them with raspberry jam and they were a heavenly combination of shortbread, toasted nuts, and jam.

















I switched it up a bit combining my 4 favorite things, the same shortbread nut nest, chocolate truffles, and coconut-pecan topping.

Here’s my secret combination, Truffled Bird Nest Cookies, hope you love ‘em!


Truffled Bird Nest Cookies

Makes 16 cookies

Ingredients:
½ cup butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1-cup flour
2 cups pecans, chopped
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
8 chocolate truffles cut in half (I buy mine at Costco)
1¼ cup pecans, chopped and toasted
1-cup sugar
1-cup evaporated milk or cream
3 large egg yolks
½ cup butter, cut into pieces
1/8 tsp. salt
1 ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
½ tsp. Vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and brown sugar in a food processor if you’ve got one, otherwise a mixer works just great. Add flour. Cut the dough into 16 equal pieces. Roll each into a ball and then dip in the beaten egg white. Then roll in crushed walnuts.. Press center with finger.


Bake in a 350-degree oven for 8 minutes. Take out of the oven and press center again. I like to use a measuring teaspoon for this hot project. Bake 10 minutes more. Take out of the oven and gently press a half of a truffle into the middle.

Return it to the warm oven for about 5 minutes to melt the truffle. With the back of a spoon smooth the truffle out to fill “your nest.” Cool and let truffles set back up while you make the Pecan-Coconut Topping.

Toast 1 ¼ cup chopped pecans in a 350-degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Oven temps vary, so keep an eye on those nuts! Combine sugar, milk or cream, egg yolks, butter, and salt over medium heat in a saucepan. Cook, stirring until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and let it cool. It will thicken as it cools. Spoon topping over the truffle, rounding out your nest.

Drizzle with white melted chocolate...


and leave a few chocolaty surprises out for Santa!


Merry Christmas to all,

16 comments :

  1. I can have a couple of these with my bowl of oatmeal this morning, right? You know, so I have a well rounded breakfast :)

    Yum!

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  2. Beautiful cookies! Lovin' your Christmas bird too:@)

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  3. Oh my! Those look unbelievable. Love your header, too.

    Carol

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  4. These look like a tiny piece of Heaven! Good luck with the move my friend..see you soon! :D

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  5. oh my goodness, that is amazing!

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  6. One word comes to mind.....MMMMMMMmmmmm!!!

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  7. wow, these look good! I've never had them before, but I'd definitely like to! : )

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  8. Oh my heavens! These look amazing!!!

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  9. They look reallyy good, especially the ones with melted chocolate on top.

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  10. Gnee -- you are quite an amazing gal whipping these out and moving too. These look so num nummy num! Joni

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  11. I have a recipe for homemade truffles and this would be a good recipe for them to be added to! I also wonder what it would be like to replace the truffles with some Nutella. You could then replace the nuts with hazelnuts to continue the theme... mmm...

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  12. These look amazing! You should add them to my Cookie Exchange Blog Hop!

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  13. Oh Yum. THese look amazing.

    I'd love it if you linked these up to my Holiday Recipe Link Party.

    http://leafytreetopspot.blogspot.com/p/holiday-recipe-link-party.html

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  14. You are so amazing. I love your recipes and your beautiful new logo, photos and banner at the top. It was so fun to get to you know you better, and I hope we can find ways to stay connected! I am going to snap your buttermilk syrup recipe right now, so thanks! Happy New Year. :)

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I read each and every one and they make me sing! renée

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