Pascha Recipes

Jelly Bean Nest Cookies

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  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Jelly beans
  • Flaked coconut (tinted green)


  1. Beat together butter and cream cheese.
  2. Add sugar, egg, vanilla extract, coconut and almond extracts. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour and the baking powder. Add flour mixture to the creamed ingredients gradually, beating well after each addition.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes. Cookies will not brown on top and will remain a creamy white color.
  5. Remove from oven and immediately scoop the top out of each cookie.
  6. Fill the top of each cookie with tinted coconut to make a nest, (to tint place coconut in a plastic bag with several drops of green food color and shake to coat) and place 3 jelly beans on top.

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