Edible Birds Nest Tutorial

filed under: Cookies on February 25, 2010

Did you like the Edible Birds Nest?  Here is a tutorial for you.

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I make my regular old sugar cookie dough and add a dab of brown food coloring. Mix it in ‘kinda’ good as a little color difference adds some contrast to the twigs.

Roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick. Remember making ‘snakes’ with play dough as a kid? That’s all you’re doing.

Cut 1/4 inch strips (or bigger or smaller depending on how big you want your nest) and then roll dough in your fingers. Feel free to be as messy and sloppy as you want.

Throw them on a baking sheet and bake for about six minutes.

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They should not change in size too much, but having some variance is good. Bigger, medium, and thinner is good for a “realistic” looking nest.

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Begin to assemble. I used five sticks for the bottom and then built up. My ‘twigs’ were about six inches long, but some broke and I liked having the smaller sizes to fill in.

This nest fits three egg sugar cookies.

If making these for individual treats, stick to those dimensions. If it is for a centerpiece, I would make the sticks longer and the bottom base bigger.

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I made up a batch of icing (to use as the glue) and added the same brown food coloring gel.

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Make a dab at both points that your ‘twig’ will be resting on the nest. (only one point shown)

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Just gently set the ‘twig’ on the icing spot.

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Keep building up!

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To assemble, I had three piles that I would just alternate taking from.

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All done! I built mine about 3 inches high.

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For the filler, I grabbed a little bit of fondant and added brown food coloring.

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Roll it out really, really thin. I just rolled it out on wax paper.

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AAAAHHHH! I had to laugh when I saw this picture.

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Cut as thin of slices as you can.

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Then just throw it into a little pile. I made three of these piles for my nest and it was plenty.

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I even threw some on top of a big spoon to get some more dimension.

I let it sit out for about six hours. But I think a few hours would suffice.

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Here is the nest with the fondant filler. Hubby told me it looked way to organized. I told him that birds are very meticulous. I have no idea if that’s true, but I like saying meticulous.

And because my Easter egg cookies were impossible to see in the previous post, I made a few more.

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These edible bird’s nests are SO fun and easy to do! The kids love to help and love to see their beautiful finished product!

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  • Amys blah, blah, blogging says:

    Oh my goodness, those are adorable! Love, love, love it!

  • JulieD says:

    Hey Amanda, I’m going to try this tomorrow for a topper on a baby shower cake for next weekend that I mentioned to you on twitter. Do you use regular food coloring or food color (gel) paste – the stuff you use for coloring buttercream icing?
    Also, you don’t like the taste of fondant? What brand do you use? There are many good tasting fondant brands out there.
    Thanks again for this tutorial and so glad I found your blog! 🙂

  • differences between men and women says:

    hi! I think this blog very interesting, I love the birds and everything about them! I am happy to read the information! thanks: D

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    have bird feeders in my yard to feed the tiny little birds that fly about, especially this time of year when it’s really cold. The problem I am having is that there are alot of crow / black birds in our area and they are absolutely relentless when it comes to the bird feeders. I really don’t care for these black birds at all.have bird feeders in my yard to feed the tiny little birds that fly about, especially this time of year when it’s really cold. The problem I am having is that there are alot of crow / black birds in our area and they are absolutely relentless when it comes to the bird feeders. I really don’t care for these black birds at all.

  • Allison says:

    So cute. I think I’m going to use this to top my wedding cake!

  • Adrienne says:

    I love this-I was looking for ideas for my sister’s baby shower cake and stumbled upon this. Fabulous! I think we’ll have a nest with fondant eggs on top and mini nests on the cupcakes (marshmallow fondant-it tastes better!). Thank you so much for the terrific tutorial!

  • Lindsay says:

    Thank you so much! I was looking for an owl nest as a cake topper and mini ones to accent the cupcakes to go along with the cake. I looked at so many tacky ideas online before I found these! I am so excited! Thank you thank you thank you!

  • Felicia Ferrigno says:

    I am using your technique (that’s baker-speak for copying!!) for an eagle’s nest x2 for my son’s Eagle Scout cake. One nest with egg, second nest with broken egg, eaglet, then an adult eagle on top layer. So far so good, although mine not quite as pretty as yours but it’ll work!! Thanks for posting. A lasting legacy once online!! Felicia