Easter Basket Cookies

Use muffin pans to shape cookie dough into little baskets and fill them with colored coconut and jelly beans.  They make lovely Easter treats.  You can call them Easter baskets, or bird nests if you want to make them at another time.

You will need:

1.  Sugar cookie dough

2.  Coconut flakes

3.  Green food coloring

4.  Jelly beans

5.  Muffin pans

6.  A 3" round cookie cutter

Bird's nest cookies
Shaping dough into a basket using muffin pans 1.  Roll out the cookie dough and cut out a round of dough.  Place each round in a greased mufffin pan, gently pressing down to shape it into a basket shape.  Bake the cookies according to the direction in the recipe.
 Coconut flakes dyed green 2.  When the cookies are cooled, gently remove them from the pans.  Put a handful of coconut flakes in a plastic bag.  Add a few drops of green food coloring and shake the bag until the coconut is colored green.
 Easter basket cookie filled with green coconut flakes 3.  Fill each cookie with green coconut flakes.
 An Easter basket bite 4.  Add jelly beans to make eggs in the little Easter baskets.

If you have read or seen The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, you may remember that the White Witch offers Edmund anything he would like to eat and he chooses Turkish Delight.  That chewy sweet may well be the precursor to the jelly bean!  The bean shaped candy we know was invented in America in the 1800's. 

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