Robin's Nests

Robin's Nests

Dawn Hunt 0

"Tasty cookies made with walnuts and fondant. The title suggests what cookies will look like when finished, little nests with eggs in them...cute! Got the recipe from my aunt, don't know where it originated before that!"

Ingredients 45 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 160 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 160 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 17.9g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 26 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium:
  • 47 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks then stir in the vanilla. Stir in the flour and mix well.
  3. In a shallow dish, such as a pie pan, beat egg whites until foamy. Spread walnuts on a plate or waxed paper.
  4. Roll 1 teaspoon of dough into a ball; roll in egg whites then in walnuts. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Make a depression in each ball with your thumb.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, cream the remaining 2 tablespoons butter with corn syrup, blue and green food coloring and almond extract. Gradually stir in confectioners' sugar. Roll 1/2 teaspoon of fondant mixture into egg-shaped balls. Place fondant eggs into hollows of baked cookies.
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I made these for Easter. They turned out super cute and are fairly good as far as taste. The only substitution I made was pecans vs walnuts. The cookie is a pecan sandy type texture. The fondant eggs are actually very good - they taste like frosting - and add sweetness and temper the dryness of the cookie. I had been very tempted to use jelly beans or other egg shaped candies for the eggs and I'm very glad I didn't! The fondant eggs were easy to make and were a perfect compliment to the cookie.


I love this recipe. The cookies turn out so cute! I'll post a picture of the batch I made. I greased the cookie sheet, but there's a lot of butter in the dough so it may not be necessary. The recipe says to make the dough balls 1 teaspoon size, but I recommend at least a tablespoon of dough per nest. The dough and fondant were easy to work with so I suppose you could make the nests and eggs any size you like. They taste like a shortbread cookie rolled in walnuts, and the almond flavored fondant eggs are a perfect flavor match. I made three tiny eggs per nest, by rolling little pieces of fondant in a ball. I'll definitely make this recipe again!


Wow! Every cookie platter should have at least one beautiful, colorful cookie, and this is it! The "nest" is a wonderful, buttery, crunchy shortbread-type cookie, not overly sweet. The eggs are the perfect counterpart; sweet little almond flavored morsels that melt in your mouth. I made the mistake of flattening my nests too much, because I wanted to have enough room for 3 eggs in each nest. They flattened and spread a little more while baking, so it would have been better to just make a ball, with a thumbprint-sized depression, like the recipe says. The eggs are easy to make, kind of like playing with clay, but do take time. Because they are sweet, it is better to make them small, and they will fit into the nests better that way, too. I baked the cookies first, then made the eggs while watching tv. Very easy, and fun, too. These will definitely be a staple on my Christmas, Easter, etc. cookie platters. It is not always easy to find something that both looks pretty and tastes good, but these fit the bill. Thank you, so much, for sharing the recipe!