Bird's Nest Cookies

Oxmoor House
about 3 1/2 dozen


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1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups finely chopped pecans
Grape jelly


Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, beating well. Add lemon rind, juice, orange rind, vanilla, and salt; mix well. Sift flour; add to creamed mixture, mixing well.

Shape into 1-inch balls. Dip each ball in egg whites, and roll in pecans. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets; bake at 350° for 5 minutes.

Remove cookie sheets from oven, and quickly make an indention in the center of each cookie with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Return to oven, and bake an additional 8 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheets; remove cookies to wire racks, and cool completely. Fill the center of each cookie with jelly.

Created date

February 2010