Easter Recipe – Chocolate Cookie Nests

Easter Recipe – Chocolate Cookie Nests
Easter Recipe - Chocolate Cookie Nests
Yields 16
These cookie nests are a very simple but yummy Easter recipe that kids will really enjoy making, and they're a bit different to the usual chocolate crispy cake nest. In fact, these chocolate cookies would be delicious at any time of year. (P.S. The mascarpone and chocolate spread icing has been a complete revelation to me! It's so easy and tastes just like chocolate ganache, but with none of the hassle. It makes a fantastic alternative to buttercream icing and once mixed together is the perfect consistency for spreading and piping. 
For the nests
  1. 150g unsalted butter (softened)
  2. 120g caster sugar
  3. 2 egg yolks
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 180g plain flour
  6. 25g cocoa powder
For the topping
  1. 100g mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
  2. 100g chocolate spread
  3. 2 bags of mini eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan) and line a large baking tray with a sheet of greaseproof paper
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl (see Creaming Butter and Sugar) then beat in the egg yolks and vanilla extract
  3. Weigh in the flour and cocoa powder and mash the mixture together until you have a smooth dough
  4. Drop sixteen even-sized dollops of mixture at least in inch apart on the baking tray, then flatten them slightly with the back of a spoon (you might have to bake them in two batches)
  5. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, then whilst they are still hot and soft very gently push a little dent in the top of each one with the back of a teaspoon, then let them cool completely
  6. Beat together the mascarpone and chocolate spread in a bowl until smooth, then when the cookies are completely cool place a blob of this mixture on top of each one
  7. Decorate with the mini eggs and enjoy!
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