Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jelly Bird Cookies

I've been re-visiting my vintage Betty Crocker cookbook and pulled this recipe out that I haven't made in a long time - probably since Carrie was little.

Aren't these fun?

Thumbprint Cookies

1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. shortening
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 egg, separated
1/2 t. vanilla
1 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. finely chopped nuts *
jelly or jam *

* I used shredded coconut instead of chopped nuts,
and jelly beans instead of jelly or jam.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix brown sugar, shortening, butter, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix in flour and salt until dough holds together. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.

Beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white; roll in nuts (or coconut). Please about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet; press thumb deeply in center of each. Bake until light brown, about 10 minutes.

Immediately remove from cookie sheet; cool. Fill thumbprints with jelly. *

* I used a tube of decorating gel and squeezed some onto the center of the cooled cookie for "glue" to hold the 3 jelly beans on.



The Norman Clan said...

Someone is having fun. I don't think I have ever made these... of course the coconut may be the reason why.. LOL Cute

Lizzie said...

Cute! We used to make birds' nests with that bran breakfast cereal that looks like shreds. Melt chocolate and stir in the cereal - it moulds into shape really well and you can get the eggs to stick while the chocolate is wet.
That's about the only way to make that cereal palatable!!!
I wonder if your cookies will last til Easter?

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I used to love these when I was little! You brought back a sweet memory!

Sian said...

These are seriously cute! And they look easy as well (which is always a big plus in my book). I hope I have time to make some before Sunday.

Mom said...

Creative cooking! Another reason to visit your blog daily--you never know what will turn up! Very yummy looking! xo

Scrappi Sandi said...

OOOOH!! Perfect for Easter!! Thank you so much for sharing!! They'll be so much more impressive than my usual Rice Crispie chocolate nests!!!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi Deb,
I sure enjoyed catching up over here. The little flowers you've been making are adorable. I love making them too (with little button centers). Your scrapbook pages turned out amazing!!!
I also got a kick out of the Camo Bag. Kudos! Especially with little kitty inside. : )
I, too, love my old trusty Betty Crocker cookbook. Mine looks like it's been through a war!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend.
Mary Lou

Carrie Rosalind said...

They are so yummy! I have one saved at work and I didn't eat it this morning because I wanted to wait until after lunch. :)

Margaret said...

Adorable. I have a feeling mine would never look that good.

Charlene said...

Happy Easter! Love your flower tutorial!

humel said...

These look so cute and so yummy! I'd go with coconut too (not being allergic to that...) Thanks for sharing x

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