Easy Springtime 'Bird's Nest Cookies' with Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough
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Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • Nestle Rolled & Ready Cookie Dough
  • Royal icing
  • Gel food coloring in leaf green
  • Candy coated chocolate eggs (enough for eating while you work)
  • Nestle Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Piping bags and tip fittings
  • #2 round frosting tip
  • Parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Bake the cookies according to instructions on the package and allow to cool.
  2. Begin by laying cooled cookies on parchment paper on a flat work surface.
  3. Prepare your royal icing and mix a generous amount of food coloring to make a spring green color. I like to use gel food coloring for all my projects because it does not change the consistency of the icing at all.
  4. Begin by attaching a #2 round tip to your piping bag and your green icing. Pipe a thin line of icing around the outside of each cookie.
  5. After all of the cookies have a border, empty the remaining icing into a bowl. Add a few drops of water to thin the icing. The icing should be thin but not runny. When you drizzle a spoonful back into your bowl it should blend back into the rest of the icing in about 10 seconds.
  6. Spoon a small amount of icing onto the first cookie. Use a toothpick to smooth the icing out to meet the border.
  7. Set the cookie aside to dry. Continue working through the cookies one at a time.
  8. While the icing is drying on the cookies, fill the other piping bag approximately half full with chocolate chips and microwave for 30 seconds. Squeeze the chocolate chips to mix and microwave for an additional 20 seconds or until the chocolate is smooth and completely melted.
  9. Cut a tiny bit of the tip of the piping bag. You’ll build the nest in layers. Drizzle the chocolate in a circular motion onto the center of each cookie.
  10. Place the cookies in the freezer for a few minutes to let the chocolate harden. Remove from the freezer and drizzle another layer of chocolate on. Return to the freezer. Repeat until the nest takes shape.
  11. Set the candy eggs into the nest using chocolate to secure them. Continue drizzling chocolate around the eggs to finish building the nest.
  12. I added a few small flower shaped sprinkles to each nest for a special finishing touch!
Recipe by Southern Krazed at http://southernkrazed.com/2015/03/easy-springtime-birds-nest-cookies-with-nestle-toll-house-refrigerated-cookie-dough/