Jelly Bean Nest

Seasonal > Easter
Desserts > Miscellaneous

3 1/2 Cups flour
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1 Cup butter or margarine
1 Pkg. cream cheese -- (8 oz.)
2 Cups sugar
1 egg
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1/4 Teaspoon coconut extract
1/4 Teaspoon almond extract
jelly beans
flaked coconut (tinted green)

Beat together margarine and cream cheese. Add sugar, egg, vanilla, coconut and almond extracts. Mix well. In a separate bowl sift together the flour and the baking powder. Add flour mixture to the creamed ingredients gradually, beating well after each addition. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Cookie will not brown on top and remains a creamy white color. Remove from oven and immediately scoop the top out of each cookie. Fill the top of each cookie with tinted coconut to make a nest, (to tint place coconut in a plastic bag with several drops of green food color and shake to coat) and place 3 jelly beans on top. Note: To use this recipe when it is not the Easter holiday, omit coconut and jelly beans and stir a 12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips in the dough. Makes great chocolate chip cookies.