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Apricot Easter nest cookies

The kids will love making these sweet little apricot cookies each topped with a chocolate nest and speckled eggs! Thank you Teresa from Cupcakes and Couscous for this fun recipe. 

Makes 26

Ingredients:

  • 100g butter
  • 100ml castor sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 375ml (1½ cups) flour
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 125ml (½ cup) Montagu Turkish apricots, chopped
  • Flour for dusting
  • 375ml (1½ cups) Montagu coconut flakes
  • 160g milk chocolate
  • Speckled eggs, to decorate

Method:

  • To make the cookies place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Cream for a few minutes until pale and fluffy.
  • Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl and mix to form a soft dough.
  • Mix in the apricots.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 180ºC and grease a baking tray.  
  • Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the cookie dough.  
  • Cut out 7cm fluted circles and arrange them on the tray.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until golden.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
  • To decorate the cookies, use a food processor to chop the coconut flakes (you can also do this by hand).
  • Melt the milk chocolate, add the coconut and mix well.
  • Spoon the chocolate coconut onto the cookies and use the back of a teaspoon to make small hollows in the coconut to create a nest shape.
  • Pop a few speckled eggs into each nest and leave to set.

Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

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