Strawberry Coconut Thumbprints

by Michelle on August 30, 2010

I am starting to test cookies for my Christmas Cookie Baskets this year. I know it’s a bit early but I tend to leave things to the last minute and this year I want to make different cookies then my favorites. I’ve not been able to make my cookie baskets since 2006 because we were in construction for 3 years and last year I was out of town Christmas Week. I miss making my Cookie Baskets!

I deliver huge Cookie Baskets to our local Police and Fire Departments in our Village and our neighboring Village on Christmas Eve. It’s funny how people remember my Cookie Baskets and they can tell you exactly their favorite Cookie too. And a cookie can bring surprising results in touchy situations.

Since we live in a rural area most of the roads were 55mph but they have lowered the speed limits are several of our main village “cut through” roads. About six years ago, my husband was whipping down one of our village roads, doing 55mph in a 35mph zone and he was stopped by the police. As soon as the officer saw my husband’s last name, he asked “Is your wife, the one that makes us the Cookie Baskets every year?” LOLLOLLOLLOL! Then he told my husband if I made him his own cookie basket, he would let my husband off with a Warning rather then a Ticket. And he specifically wanted my Mini Cheesecakes! LOLLLLOOLOL! My husband is still paying for that one!

This is a huge recipe, making almost 40 cookies. I used half the recipe for Strawberry Thumbprints and I experimented with the other half. The experiment did not turn out well at all and I was disappointed but it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last. But the Strawberry Coconut Thumbprints turned out so pretty and they were very good and I don’t even like Coconut! I think next time I might add 1/4 cup Coconut Flour just to give them a little bit more coconut flavor! But they are definitely on my Christmas Cookie List for this year!

Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

3/4 lb (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 c Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
3 1/2 c Flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
Raspberry and/or apricot jam (I used my home canned Strawberry Preserves)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

1. In an electric mixer cream butter, sugar and vanilla.
2. Sift flour and salt and gradually add to the butter sugar mixture.
3. When the dough is completely mixed, form into a flat disk shape and wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes.
4. Remove the dough and let it warm a bit.
5. Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls.
6. With a fork and whip the egg and water.
7. Dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in coconut.
8. Place the balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger or use blunt end of a wooden spoon.
9. Fill the indentation with a dab of jam. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the coconut is a golden brown. Cool and serve.

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  • Marnie August 30, 2010 at 2:11 am

    These look delish, Michelle! I love the idea of taking cookie baskets to the fire and police station.. what a lovely way to say thank you to those good folk.

  • Joanne August 30, 2010 at 6:32 am

    that is so funny about your husband! One of the plusses (or minuses, depending on how you look at it) of living in smaller town. No police officers here would recognize me or my cookies, I guarantee.

    I feel like these strawberry coconut thumbprints would warrant some serious remembering, however. They look and sound fantastic!

  • Kim August 30, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Michelle- I really enjoyed your story about your cookie baskets and your husband’s warning:) It just goes to show you how well loved your cookie baskets are!

    I have faith in all of Ina’s recipes and I know these were delicious. I’m intrigued with the idea of you adding coconut flour. I never knew there was such a thing! Thanks for sharing that.

  • Kate August 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Anything coconut gets my attention. These are delicious cookies and yours look fantastic!

  • Bonnie- August 30, 2010 at 9:47 am

    These are beautiful cookies. So nice of you to share with your local fire departments. What a treat!

  • Maggy@ThreeManyCooks August 30, 2010 at 11:02 am

    These look so delicious! I love anything with coconut. What a great twist on the original.

  • maria August 30, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Our homemade jam would be great in these cookies!

  • Jenny Flake August 30, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Love the looks of these gorgeous cookies!!

  • Tracy August 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

    There’s nothing better than thumbprint cookies for using up homemade jam! Yum!

  • Jen @ How To: Simplify August 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    These cookies are so cute! I love recipes that include coconut!

  • Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker August 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Love these!

  • megan August 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    The last Thumbprints that I made of yours were killer and if these made the cookie basket cut, I’ll be trying them! I even have some coconut flour that I have never used. Score!

    • Michelle August 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm

      Megan,

      Aren’t those Savory Cheddar Cheese Cookies with Hot Pepper Jelly good. They’re even better with my home made Hot Pepper Jelly!

      Just substitute a 1/4 c of the Coconut Flour. I’ve been using it more and more in my cookies because it makes them nice and chewy. It’s especially good in Chocolate Chip Cookies!

  • Katie @ goodLife {eats} August 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    That is just hilarious! And the cookies sound delicious. Love the idea of coconut on the thumbprints. YUM! It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas cookies.

  • Lori E August 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I can do this. Yes I can. Delish.
    Cookies can really grease the wheels can’t they.

  • Carroll August 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    A great story about your hubby’s warning and these cookies delicious. I can’t wait to try them. Just a question – I went looking for the mini-cheesecake recipe in both cookies and desserts but couldn’t find it – did I miss it? Of course I found lots of wonderful recipes during my search so I didn’t waste my time! YUMMMMMMMMMM

  • Kayte August 31, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I think these should be on my Christmas Cookie list this year as well. So pretty. Never too early to start baking cookies for the baskets, etc. I will get in the mood soon, these helped!

  • Siobhan August 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

    What a great story. My brother is a police officer and likes to tell about the goodies dropped off at the station over the holidays! Thumbprint cookies always look so pretty…printed this one out for the “try it soon” folder. Maybe you should host a “favorite holiday cookie” week where folks could post their recopies!

  • kat August 31, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Coconut is an interesting addition to these classics

  • Mimi August 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I love the story and my son loves coconut, so this is a win-win post for me.
    Mimi

  • Cookin' Canuck September 4, 2010 at 9:36 am

    What a wonderful tradition! I’m sure your cookie baskets are really appreciated. I love the combination of strawberry and coconut.

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