These Peanut Butter Bird Nest Cookies are a dream come true. I often lie awake at night, tossing and turning for what feels like hours (and sometimes is!) before I am finally able to drift off to sleep. I have struggled with falling asleep since I was young. I’m usually thinking about all the things I need to do/want to do/didn’t do or my imagination is running wild thinking of flavor combinations and dessert ideas. I actually started keeping a notepad on my dresser so I can jot things down so I don’t forget them the next morning.
These Bird Nest Cookies were one of those late night ideas that came to me last week. I was thinking about all the cute little bird nest cookies and desserts I’ve seen lately (like these Bird Nest Cupcakes from Jessiker Bakes), but how I don’t like those crunchy noodles, and how I wanted them to have great texture and my favorite flavors. It doesn’t get much more delicious than chocolate and peanut butter, does it? Didn’t think so. Now throw in some toasted coconut and we’ve got a winner!
I’ve been wanting to try pudding cookies for some time and these bird nest cookies provided me with the perfect opportunity! I looked around the internet and came up with a recipe (mostly adapted from these peanut butter cookies). My first batch didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to; they weren’t as moist or chewy as I wanted so I upped the butter and brown sugar and made another batch. It was perfect! You could use your go-to peanut butter cookie recipe or even a store-bought mix.
I dipped my cookies in semi-sweet chocolate, but I’m sure dark (or milk) chocolate would be heavenly too! I used Reese’s Eggs to add to the peanut butter and chocolate combination, for most of them anyway. I ran out because I used the same bag for my Loaded White Chocolate Easter Bark, so I used Robin’s Eggs for the rest.
The result was heavenly! The cookies were soft and flavorful. They weren’t super peanut buttery, so you could up that if you want, but if you up it substantially, cut back on the butter a little. Once they were decorated, they were almost too cute to eat! Almost being the key word there…I ate a lot of them.
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- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1 package vanilla pudding
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 package of semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 bag shredded sweetened coconut (~2 cups)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla and mix.
- Gradually add the flour mixture, and continue to mix until incorporated throughout.
- Scoop dough by the heaping tablespoon, form into a ball, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Use a glass to gently flatten each ball. Optional: Use a tablespoon to make a well in each cookie, you could also do this after they have baked.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Spread the coconut flakes on a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake at 325 for 5-10 minutes. Keep in mind that sweetened coconut flakes will take less time.
- Melt chocolate chips and vegetable oil by the method of your choice.
- Dip each cooled cookie into the chocolate.
- Sprinkle with toasted coconut and place Reese's eggs in the center.