Hello and happy spring!!! Today I’m gonna share a recipe for these super cute 7-ingredient perfect-for-spring cookies!
These little nest cookies are made with a coconut macaroon base so they’re crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Each little nest is filled with a pocket of sweet fruity jam. We wanted to emphasize a cute + colourful spring look so we decided to use a variety of preserves (blueberry + peach + raspberry). You can use any jams or jellies you like! I happened to LOVE the raspberry-filled cookies but I think next time I’m going to try out some this Morello Cherry jam. Apricot, strawberry, blackberry, or grape would all be great options too!
I had a little internal debate trying to decide if I should call these cookies “thumbprints” or “bird’s nests”. In order to honour the season (and Easter!) I had to go with the nests. I mean come on, how cute are 100% vegan bird’s nest cookies? Happy Easter! ♥
- 3 cups shredded (or flaked) sweetened coconut
- ½ tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1½ tbsp water
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 3-4 tbsp unbleached all purpose flour
- Raspberry, blueberry, and peach jam (or your favourites!)
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a high speed blender or food processor, blend the coconut, mixing and scraping the sides as needed, until the texture is not quite coconut butter. When pinched, the coconut should stick together.
- In a bowl, combine the blended coconut, melted coconut oil, water, maple syrup, vanilla extract and flour. Mix well. The mixture should hold together easily. Add a touch more flour or water if needed.
- Use a 1 tbsp measuring spoon to scoop out and compact the dough. Press your thumb gently into the center of each cookie (the indent should be wide and shallow), if needed, gently reform and compact the edges of the cookies after indenting with your thumb. Fill each indent with ¾ tsp of your favourite jam.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown. The cookies will be very soft, allow them to cool completely before eating.