These Cherry Chocolate Chestnut Nests are a delicious cross between a scone and a cookie. When I scooped up the batter and swirled it into form onto the baking sheet, they looked like bird nests, so that’s were that came from. The base of this cookie comes from dried chestnut flakes that I re-hydrated, sweetened, and then integrated into the batter. If you’ve ever had “crème de marron” (chestnut cream) imagine making it yourself and resulting with a slightly chunkier texture. Anyway, when the chestnut flakes were done cooking, they were delicious… (shhh! Don’t tell anyone I licked the pot!)
The chocolate and the cherries add subtle notes of sweetness and juicyness which breaks up the denser scone-like texture. And on top, I sprinkled chia seeds mostly for visual appeal. (They remind me of Japanese pastries, how they always sprinkle black sesame seeds on the top of everything).
Let’s dive right into this pot of simmering chestnut flakes. (Flocons de Chataigne). You can find them at any health food store, or online. Mine are from the Moulin des Moines. It says right on the package that you can rehydrate them in 2x their volume of water either sweet (adding sugar) or salty, (adding salt). I used 1 cup of chestnut flakes and 1/2 cup of sugar. I did not add in any other sugar to the batter so this is all the sugar in the entire batch. I think it’s a reasonable amount 🙂 Boil vigorously until the mixture thickens.
While that’s simmering, pit and chop up about 3/4 cup fresh cherries:
Integrate the chestnut mix into butter, coconut oil, and eggs. Mix well. Then fold in 2 1/2 cups of wheat flour. Then fold in chocolate chips and cherries.
Using one larger soup spoon and one smaller teaspoon, scoop up the batter and form nice little mounds, like so:
Don’t forget to sprinkle chia seeds on the top before baking (not shown).
Bake at 200C (392F) for 10 minutes, then lower to 180 (375F) for 5-8 additional minutes. Tops should be golden brown and cookie hard to the touch.
Quick, you might want to grab one before they’re gone!
Mmm, mmm! These are definitely Toddler Approved.