Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bird's Nest Cookies

Zachary picked these out of a cookbook to take on our Coeur d'Alene trip.

1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
2 bags M&M's (which leaves extra for munching helpers)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spread coconut on ungreased cookie sheet. Toast in oven, stirring frequently, until coconut just begins to turn light golden. Recipe said 25 minutes, mine was near burnt in under 20. (White, white, white, white, burned.) Remove coconut from cookie sheet and set aside. Increase oven temp to 350.

In large bowl cream the butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Form dough into 1 1/4" balls. Roll heavily in the toasted coconut. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Make a dent in each cookie with your thumb. Bake 12-14 minutes or until coconut is brown. Remove cookies to wire racks and immediately fill with M&M's.
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