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Robin's Nests Recipe
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Robin's Nests

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"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!"

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Original recipe makes 36 cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    45 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 05, 2010

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 30, 2011

ours turn out weird looking well the nest was alright but the eggs never formed shape :( we felt it needed more steps


19 Ratings

Apr 06, 2007

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!

Dec 24, 2007

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!

Dec 21, 2010

I have made these cookies for several years but use a butter cream frosting instead of the fondant eggs & we love them

Dec 24, 2008

These cookies are amazing!!! I loved them and my coworkers couldn't get enough of them!! Caution: The fondant gets stiff, it bent my mixmaster beater (the wiry kind).

Dec 21, 2010

i used imitation coconut instead of almond extract & it was really good

Apr 22, 2009

I fell in love with how these cookies looked, but wasn't sure I was really going to like the taste. I made a batch and they taste as AWESOME as they look. I had to add extra powdered sugar to the fondant eggs because they were too sticky, but it didn't effect the taste. I love these so much.


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

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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