Truffled Bird Nest Cookies
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I took four of my favorite things and created Truffled Bird Nest Cookies. Special thanks to my grandmas who made the most beautiful Christmas cookie platters and provided the inspiration for this divine holiday treat!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 cookies
  • 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
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla extract
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
For Cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar in a food processor if you’ve got one, otherwise a mixer works just great. Add flour and mix well.
  3. Cut the dough into 16 equal pieces. Roll each into a ball and then dip in the beaten egg white. Then roll in crushed nuts..
  4. Press center with finger.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes.
  6. Take out of the oven and press center again.
  7. Bake 10 minutes more.
  8. Take out of the oven and gently press a half of a chocolate truffle into the middle.
  9. 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.”
  10. Cool and let truffles set back up while you make the Pecan-Coconut Topping.
For Pecan-Coconut Filling
  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. Spoon topping over the truffle, rounding out your nest.
White Chocolate Drizzle
  1. Melt ½ cup white chocolate chips in a ziplock bag in the microwave using 10 second intervals.
  2. Take a small snip out of the bottom corner of the bag and drizzle the soft chocolate over your cookies.
  3. Drizzle with white melted chocolate...
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