Bird’s Nest Tea Cakes


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Combine flour, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt in a bowl to form a dough; stir in pecans.

Shape dough into a large ball and refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet.

Make an indentation with thumb in the middle of each ball, forming a 'nest'.

Fill each nest with about 1 teaspoon chocolate chips.

Bake nests in the preheated oven until edges are crisp (cookies will not brown), 10 to 12 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack, about 15 minutes.