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Sweet and nutty, this recipe first appeared in the Romantic Recipes of the Old South and the Great Southwest Cookbook published in 1950. Can easily be customized with your favorite nuts and jam.

Prep time
Bake/Cook time
0:18 to 0:20
1 dozen cookies
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Bird's Nest Party Cookies
Light Brown Sugar
Prep time :
Bake/Cook time :
0:18 to 0:20
Yield :
1 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Jam or jelly of choice
  • 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts or peanuts)

*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add egg yolks and beat until light. Blend in flour, vanilla and salt.
  3. Chill dough for 2 hours.
  4. Beat egg whites until frothy. Set aside. 
  5. Form dough into walnut-size rounds. Dip in slightly beaten egg white, then roll in chopped nuts.
  6. Place on a greased parchment-lined cookie sheet and make a depression in the center of each cookie.
  7. Bake 8 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and carefully press centers down again.
  8. Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Let cool 10-20 minutes, and then fill centers with your favorite jam.
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