Hello and happy spring!!! Today I'm gonna share a recipe for these super cute 7-ingredient perfect-for-spring cookies!
These little nest cookies are made with a coconut macaroon base so they're crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Each little nest is filled with a pocket of sweet fruity jam. We wanted to emphasize a cute + colourful spring look so we decided to use a variety of preserves (blueberry + peach + raspberry). You can use any jams or jellies you like! I happened to LOVE the raspberry-filled cookies but I think next time I'm going to try out some this Morello Cherry jam. Apricot, strawberry, blackberry, or grape would all be great options too!
I had a little internal debate trying to decide if I should call these cookies "thumbprints" or "bird's nests". In order to honour the season (and Easter!) I had to go with the nests. I mean come on, how cute are 100% vegan bird's nest cookies? Happy Easter! ♥
Coconut Macaroon Bird's Nest Cookies
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 32 minutes
- Yield: 18 1x
- Category: Cookies
- Cuisine: Vegan
Vegan coconut macaroon thumbprint cookies filled with your favourite jams or jellies!
- 3 cups shredded (or flaked) sweetened coconut
- ½ tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 ½ tbsp water
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 3-4 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
- Raspberry, blueberry, and peach jam (or your favourites!)
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a high speed blender or food processor, blend the coconut, mixing and scraping the sides as needed, until the texture is not quite coconut butter. When pinched, the coconut should stick together.
- In a bowl, combine the blended coconut, melted coconut oil, water, maple syrup, vanilla extract and flour. Mix well. The mixture should hold together easily. Add a touch more flour or water if needed.
- Use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out and compact the dough. Press your thumb gently into the center of each cookie (the indent should be wide and shallow), if needed, gently reform and compact the edges of the cookies after indenting with your thumb. Fill each indent with ¾ teaspoon of your favourite jam.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown. The cookies will be very soft, allow them to cool completely before eating.
Store in a an air-tight container.
Mmmm...these cookies look wonderful and easy to make too. Reminds me of a favourite from the Plaza Bakery, even better homemade.😊
Have you tried these with Almond Meal in place of flour?
Sorry Michelle, I haven't tried it with almond flour. Circle back and let me know how it works if you decide to try it!
Liz W | EmmaEats
I've made non-vegan macaroons a million times but these sound spectacular! We often have egg whites leftover from other recipes and this looks like a great way to use them.
Egg whites are NOT vegan though. Why not use egg replacer instead?
Ooooh two of my favourite things: coconut macaroons and thumbprint cookies! I love this combination!
Simply delightful for a quick cookie treat fix!
Ahh these look like my nans "Jam Drops" she used to make me when I was little! But these weren't vegan - OMG this is so exciting. Defiantly going to make these 🙂 xx
Aw, Jam drops! That is so cute, I've never heard that name before!!