Nothing heralds the return of spring quite like a nest full of tiny eggs! This delightful recipe combines three of our favourite flavours into one delicious and beautiful cookie: chocolate, chocolate, and even more chocolate. Little bakers will love to help with this one when it’s time to add the eggs. But they’ll love devouring them even more!
30 minutes chilling time
For the dough:
- 2½ cups (280 g) cake flour 2½ cups (280 g) cake flour
- ¼ cup (25 g) cocoa powder ¼ cup (25 g) cocoa powder
- ½ tsp (3 g) salt ½ tsp (3 g) salt
- 1 cup + 3 tbsp (270 g) butter, cubed 1 cup + 3 tbsp (270 g) butter, cubed
- ⅓ cup (72 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed ⅓ cup (72 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
- ⅓ cup (40 g) Redpath® Icing Sugar ⅓ cup (40 g) Redpath® Icing Sugar
- 1 egg yolk 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp (10 ml) pure vanilla extract 2 tsp (10 ml) pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup (113 g) chocolate sprinkles ½ cup (113 g) chocolate sprinkles
For the filling:
- 1 cup (170 g) white chocolate, finely chopped 1 cup (170 g) white chocolate, finely chopped
- Candy-coated chocolate eggs Candy-coated chocolate eggs
- Scale OR dry measuring cups Scale OR dry measuring cups
- Measuring spoons Measuring spoons
- Large bowl Large bowl
- Whisk Whisk
- Stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment OR large bowl with hand mixer Stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment OR large bowl with hand mixer
- Rubber spatula Rubber spatula
- Baking sheets x 2 OR 1 large baking sheet Baking sheets x 2 OR 1 large baking sheet
- Parchment paper Parchment paper
- Trigger-style ice cream scoop (small) OR 1 tablespoon measuring spoon Trigger-style ice cream scoop (small) OR 1 tablespoon measuring spoon
- Wooden spoon Wooden spoon
- Small dish x 2 Small dish x 2
- Wire cooling rack Wire cooling rack
- Medium heatproof bowl (preferably stainless steel) Medium heatproof bowl (preferably stainless steel)
- Medium heavy-bottomed saucepan Medium heavy-bottomed saucepan
- Kitchen towel Kitchen towel
- Small spoon Small spoon
For the cookies:
In a large bowl, whisk together the cake flour, cocoa powder, and salt until well combined, and no lumps remain.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a large bowl and a hand mixer), cream butter, the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, and Redpath® Icing Sugar on medium speed until pale in colour; 2 minutes.
Add in the egg yolk and pure vanilla extract. Blend until fully incorporated into the butter mixture.
Add in half of the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until just combined. Repeat with the remaining dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until dough is no longer crumbly and holds together; do not overmix.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using a small, trigger-style ice cream scoop, scoop 1½-inch diameter balls (approximately 20 grams) onto the prepared baking sheets (see Chef’s Tips). Roll each ball in the palm of your hand until smooth and roughly spherical.
With the handle of a wooden spoon dipped into a small dish of water (this prevents the handle from sticking to the dough), make an indentation into each ball (about ½ inch deep and ¾ inch wide).
Place chocolate sprinkles into a small dish. Carefully press and roll the tops and sides of each cookie into the chocolate sprinkles; this creates the “nest.”
Space cookies about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets and place into the fridge to chill; at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
Place the chilled cookies into the preheated oven. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms and edges are golden in colour. Tops should still be relatively pale.
Allow to slightly cool on the pan before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
For the white chocolate filling:
Place the finely chopped white chocolate into a medium heatproof bowl. Bring a medium pot with about 2 inches of water to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Place the bowl over the pot of just simmering water; the bottom of the bowl should not be touching the surface of the water. Stir until white chocolate is completely melted. Remove the bowl from the pot and wipe the condensation from the bottom of the bowl with a kitchen towel.
With a small spoon, two-thirds fill the indentations of the completely cooled cookies with the melted chocolate. Place 3 candy-coated chocolate eggs into each cookie nest.
*Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.
*If an ice cream scoop is unavailable, use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop a rounded amount of dough into even-sized portions. Alternatively, use a scale to weigh a 1½ inch diameter ball of dough. Use this weight to scale out the remaining cookie dough.
*Any brand of candy-coated chocolate eggs can be used in this recipe.
*Dark or milk chocolate can be used instead of the white chocolate if desired.
*Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar can be substituted for the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar; note that the resulting cookie will have milder caramel notes and be slightly paler in colour.