Easter Nest Cookies

My favorite recipe for sugar cookies gets dressed up just in time for Easter! I first saw this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and knew I had to give them a try. The original recipe called for using refrigerated cookie dough, but I knew they would taste even better with a homemade sugar cookie. I chose my go to sugar cookie, the Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies from Baking Illustrated. These cookies were so much fun to make and I bet kids would have a ball helping frost and decorate the cookies. Chewy sugar cookies topped with a delicious buttercream frosting, tinted coconut and jelly beans.  The perfect addition to your Easter table or a spring party! 😀

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Easter Nest Cookies

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For the Cookies:

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Bake cookies as directed in recipe. Click here to get the recipe! 😀
  2. While cookies are cooling, add coconut to a 1-quart resealable plastic bag. Add 2 to 3 drops of desired food color and shake to blend the color. It may be necessary to add 1 to 2 teaspoons water to help disperse the color evenly or additional food color until desired color is reached.
  3. To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired spreading consistency is achieved.
  4. Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and top with jelly beans and 1 teaspoon of coconut. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container.

Yields: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Bake Time: 18 minutes

Source: adapted from Pillsbury, cookies from Baking Illustrated

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12 Responses to Easter Nest Cookies

  1. Caroline says:

    These are absolutely adorable…so festive! I must get to Easter baking asap! x

  2. Caroline says:

    Cute! I need to try these, they look delicious! (I’m a sucker for Cadbury Mini Eggs;)

  3. Ryan says:

    These are so cute! I just love all the pretty pastels and they look so fun and festive for Easter!

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Perfect Easter cookies! Kids will love ’em!

  5. They are gorgeous Christina 🙂

  6. Those do look hard to eat, being so high and all. Guess I can tough it!

  7. Good call on the homemade sugar cookie. And these look absolutely adorable, which makes it more fun to eat!

  8. So pretty and perfect for Easter!

  9. The Teenage Taste says:

    Aww, Christina, these cookies look beyond cute! Perfect for Easter, but I’m sure yummy enough to eat year-round!

  10. Pretty cute — and homemade cookies almost always taste better.

  11. What cuteness! You did a perfect job on the tinting of the coconut flakes! I wish I had a plate of these in front of me… or, do I really? Lol. Thank you so much for sharing these beauties. Happy Easter!

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