{Cooking with Hazel} Simple Birds Nest Cookies


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

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)

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.


  • 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?












Xo. Andria

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