{Cooking with Hazel} Simple Birds Nest Cookies

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At Christmas Evan came home raving about these cookies that his co worker had made, they were called Grinch Cookies. I was a bit weary as I just couldn’t see how a cake mix could turn into cookies and be delicious with out being overly heavy, but oh my are they light and delicious!  I have been meaning to share the recipe with you guys since Christmas but you know how it is, life is BUSY, so I’ve been scheming different ways that I could share them with you at a later date, and still have them relevant to the season and well, I think I nailed it. You can find the original recipe over here on In Katrina’s Kitchen, but I will share it with you below. The cookies are so simple to make, as you will see from the pictures, I made them with Hazel, while wearing Everett, it was a real team effort 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

Birds Nest Cookies

Ingredients
1 box french vanilla cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
Confectioners (powdered) sugar for dusting
Egg shaped candies (we used M&M’s)

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350° F. Mix together cake mix, oil and eggs, once completely mixed chill the dough for 10-15 minutes. Remove dough from fridge and roll into balls and drop into powdered sugar to dust.
Place dusted cookie balls on baking sheet and press egg candy into the middle, slightly flattening the cookie. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until just set. Let cool 2 minutes on pan before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. The cookies are very soft, carefully remove from tray onto cooling rack.

Variations:

  • At Christmas add green food colouring to cookies and place a red heart shaped candy in the centre to make Grinch Cookies per the original recipe.
  • Use chocolate cake mix and add 1/2 teaspoon of mint flavouring to create chocolate mint cookies.
  • Use lemon cake mix and press a fresh blueberry into the centre.
  • Use French Vanilla cake mix and top with a chocolate covered coffee bean

I could probably go on and on with different ideas, do you have any variations you would try?

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Xo. Andria

7 thoughts on “{Cooking with Hazel} Simple Birds Nest Cookies

  • March 7, 2016 at 4:58 pm
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    What a fun idea for Easter! Definitely want to make these with the kiddos!

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  • March 7, 2016 at 6:53 pm
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    Omg how cute are these cookies!!!! I really should make these with my daughter. She would love them!

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  • March 8, 2016 at 10:33 am
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    These are adorable! I’ve been looking for something to make for my son’s class as a treat before Easter break. I think these might be it! Thanks for posting! Great idea!

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  • March 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm
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    Those look delicious! Just saw cake mix is on sale for $1 at Save On. Will have to make this week!

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  • March 15, 2016 at 10:00 am
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    These cookies are so cute! I have all of these ingredients besides the egg shaped m&Ms too! I bet they would work with these yummy Cadbury Mini Eggs that we have though! Thank you so much for sharing, my girls and I are going to make some today! 🙂

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