Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Robin's Eggs in December

Good evening, friends!

My current stitching project is still in the works and won't be ready for a couple of weeks at least. I'm working on "Olde World Traveler" from the 1991 Leisure Arts book Christmas Portraits. Can't wait to show you!

In the meantime, I'm trying to enjoy baking some holiday cookies. Emphasis on trying to enjoy. When that cramp in my neck says, "Hey, take a break," I remind myself why I do these things. Fun! Right.....? But when my son comes home from school, sees the spread of frosted cookies on the table and says, "Now that is my favorite part of Christmas," it's all worth it.

I want to share a unique recipe from my mother-in-law—Bird's Nests. I hadn't made them since she first gave me the recipe 20 years ago, and that was for a little cooking column I used to write for my hometown newspaper. You can color the fondant eggs any color you want, or you can leave them white. I chose blue because right now in Boise, we are stuck in an inversion (cold air trapped under warm air). It's dreary and cold outside, and I could use a little thought of spring right now.

Bird's Nests

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
chopped nuts (or crushed cornflakes if you have a nut allergy)
fondant eggs (recipe to follow)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla and beat well. Add flour and mix well. Chill dough about an hour.

Preheat oven to 300° F. Roll dough into small balls, about 3/4" in diameter. (You should have about 35.) Dip each ball in reserved egg white and roll in chopped nuts, pressing the nuts into the dough so they stay put. (If you have a nut allergy, you can use crushed cornflakes.)

Place the cookies on a baking sheet and press an indentation in the center of each with your finger. Bake for 8 minutes, press the center of each cookie again, then continue to bake for 10 minutes longer. If necessary, press the center of each cookie again lightly. Cool and fill with fondant eggs.

Fondant Eggs:

1 egg white
2 teaspoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
2-3 cups powdered (confectioner's) sugar
food coloring, optional

Combine ingredients, adding a couple of drops of food coloring if desired, until mixture is very, very stiff and does not stick to your fingers. (The amount of powdered sugar you need will vary, depending on the volume of your egg white.) Roll into tiny eggs and fill nests. You will have a lot of fondant left over.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you! Thank you for your encouragement and friendship since I started this blog. I'm so grateful for the time you take to leave comments!


  1. Hi Meg,

    Your cookies sound so good and look so pretty too. They really are adorable! I can see why your son enjoys seeing his Mom making them.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy the holiday with your family.

  2. From the look I can easily imagine how delicious they taste. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. I would love to make these for EAster too, they are so sweet. Thanks for sharing the recipe and looking forward to seeing your latest stitch. Mary

  4. Oh Meg! I just saw that pattern in the book at the library. It is wonderful!! :D So are your cookies!

  5. Meg, thanks for sharing the recipe for your cookies. I look forward to seeing your current stitch. Wishing you and yours a joy-filled season!

  6. Those cookies are just too cute, Meg--thank you!! I was always an avid cookie baker when my three sons were growing up--don't think they ever took a lunch to school with a store-bought cookie :) Now that they are gone, I really miss baking as much. But, I really do plan to give these at try in the spring time!

    Love those old Santas from that book--can't wait to see yours!

  7. Meg, those little bird nests look so tasty, I am salivating :)

  8. Hi Meg....

    I am just so excited....I saw these cookies once and I also saw a cake decorated with a nest and eggs and fell in love with them both....and here is the recipe! Thank you so very much for sharing....I will definitely be baking these.

    I wish I could send you a little of our sunshine...we have been in the 80’s all week and weeks before that. Nothing like getting a Christmas tree in shorts...first time ever for! I keep waiting for rain and colder temps...maybe in a few days!

    I am anxious to see your stitching project! I love the Leisure Arts books from the 90’s...their Christmas stitching is just beautiful!

    Thank you for the email...and yes Chemo brain does least in my forgetfulness is old age but I for one blame it on the Chemo. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it....grins! I hope you have a good week!

    I agree with your son...Christmas cookies are the best!

  9. Welcome to the world of blogging Meg!! The cookie is just precious.... and I’m sure yummy!!


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