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Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Rachel loves simple recipes, especially when the results are delicious and loved by the whole family. This recipe fits the bill.

Cookies for a Bridal Shower

I wanted to make cookies for my sister's granddaughter's bridal shower and couldn't decide which ones to make. After searching all of my recipes, I decided on Coconut Thumbprint Cookies. I have made these cookies a lot of times and they are a sweet, slightly crunchy, and very tasty cookie.

They are also pretty and easy to make. You can also make the cookie part a couple of days ahead and keep them in an airtight container, and then top, and wrap them the day before the event.

Well, the shower was this afternoon and they almost all went, and everyone that tasted them loved them. So I guess they were a good cookie to make for a shower, or just about any time you want them.

I also made them for most Christmases. I hope you get a chance to try them. I think you will like them too.

Prep Time Includes the One Hour in the Refrigerator

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 35 min

18 min

1 hour 53 min

This recipe makes 8 dozen cookies.

  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Amaretto
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cups unsifted cake flour
  • 2 cups coconut, shortly cut
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds, finely chopped
  • Jam or Preserves Flavor of your choice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter with salt. Gradually beat in sugar. Blend in the extracts.
  2. Add the flour, a small amount at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Stir in coconut and almonds. Chill the dough for about 1 hour.
  4. Shape into walnut sized balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and make a depression in the center of each ball with your thumb or a teaspoon measuring spoon. ( You may have to take them out halfway and re-make the impressions with the same measuring spoon you used the first time. The cookie has a tendency to puff up a little).
  6. Return to the oven and bake for another 12–15 minutes longer or just until lightly brown. Cool on sheets.
  7. Fill each cookie with 1 teaspoon of jam. Sprinkle with additional coconut if you desire.

Options!

There are three options here:

  1. The Amaretto is optional. I added it because I love Amaretto and add a little more of the almond flavor in this cookie. You can just use 2 teaspoons of almond extract.
  2. You don't have to add the coconut on top. You can leave it off, but I think it makes the cookies look like there is something missing.
  3. You can cut this recipe in half very easily if you don't need 8 dozen cookies.

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Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with three different toppings.  Strawberry jelly, apricot preserves and pineapple preserves.

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with three different toppings. Strawberry jelly, apricot preserves and pineapple preserves.

Cookie trays all wrapped up and ready to go to the shower.

Cookie trays all wrapped up and ready to go to the shower.

The first stage of the dough.

The first stage of the dough.

The dough with the nuts and coconut added.

The dough with the nuts and coconut added.

The dough before it's refrigerated.

The dough before it's refrigerated.

First time in the oven.

First time in the oven.

Making the impressions with a measuring spoon.

Making the impressions with a measuring spoon.

Back in the oven for the second time, after the impressions are made.

Back in the oven for the second time, after the impressions are made.

Topped with the jelly and preserves.

Topped with the jelly and preserves.

After they are topped with the coconut.

After they are topped with the coconut.

Questions & Answers

Question: How much sugar does a coconut thumbprint cookie recipe call for?

Answer: This recipe calls for 1 cup of 10X (confectioners) sugar. I'm sorry I forgot to put it in and I tried to edit it to add it but now it's on a different site and I couldn't find an edit button.

© 2016 Rachel L Alba

Comments

Rachel Alba on April 06, 2017:

Hi Debangee, Thanks for looking me up and viewing my hub. I appreciate comment, it's very nice.

Blessings to you.

DEBANGEE MANDAL from India on April 06, 2017:

Looks very yummy..delicious .Quite an easy recipe. I'll surely try it.

Rachel Alba on March 14, 2017:

Hi Holle , thanks for visiting my hubs. I appreciate your comments and I think if you like coconut, you will like these cookies.

Blessings to you.

Holle Abee from Georgia on March 12, 2017:

I LOVE thumbprint cookies, but I've never tried them with coconut. Thanks for a different version!

Rachel Alba on January 07, 2017:

Hi Pat. First, I don't understand the new look here. It doesn't look like it used to. I am still praying for your daughter and grandson, actually you're whole family. I have heard it so many times, from different people that they can feel the prayers of people keeping them going. We have our physical problems also but there's nothing more heart breaking then a child suffering. Thanks for visiting and for your blessing.

I wish and pray for your blessings in the new year to come also.

Patricia Scott on January 07, 2017:

These look yummy....I know my Daddy would have liked them as coconut was his favorite treat.

Just want to stop and wish you a very Happy and Blessed New Year. You have been so supportive along the way and I want you to know it does not go unnoticed.

Heston Wayne and his Momma and his brother continue their struggle and we know that all of the positive energy and prayers we receive are so very helpful in keeping them lifted up.

Hoping that many blessings and good things come your way this new year.

Love and hugs...Angels are once again on the way ps

Rachel Alba on November 21, 2016:

Thank you, oliversmum for visiting my hubs. I didn't realize that your summer is just a week away. Makes sense since you are on the other side of the world. lol I'm glad you like my cookies. Hope you enjoy them.

Blessings to you.

oliversmum from australia on November 21, 2016:

Rachel L Alba Hi. Great recipe. Bright, Festive and easy to make. Thank you for the step by step instruction and options. With our summer just a week away, these cookies will be something new to try. :) :)

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on October 20, 2016:

Thank you so much Pat and Rebecca. Sorry to put you both in one post, but I'm having trouble with this for some reason. I love seeing your visits and really appreciate your comments.

Blessings to both of you and your families.

Rachel L Alba on October 20, 2016:

Hi Rebecca Thank you for your visit and so nice of a comment. I appreciate it.

Blessings to you.

Rachel Alba on October 20, 2016:

Hi Pat, Thank you so much for your visit. I think about you once in a while and your grandson. I appreciate your comments.

Blessings to you.

rebecca mealey on October 20, 2016:

These are so pretty and really tasty looking. Looks like the perfect Christmas cookie, and I do love coconut.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 20, 2016:

What a treat....my Daddy loved all things coconut so I know he would have adored these. These look like a great little treat for the holidays.

Thanks for sharing.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps shared and pinned

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 09, 2016:

Hi Audrey, thank you, you are sweet.

Blessings to you.

Audrey Howitt from California on August 09, 2016:

These are delightful! So festive!

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 08, 2016:

Hi Alicia, Thank you for visiting me and for your great comment. I appreciate it.

Blessings to you.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 08, 2016:

I love almond cookies and I love coconut too, so these cookies sound delicious to me. Thanks for sharing another interesting recipe, Rachel.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 08, 2016:

Hi Purl, You can certainly try different toppings. You can even use all walnuts if you want in the cookie batter, but you should change the extract to vanilla. Thank you for your friendliness.

Blessings to you.

Donna Herron from USA on August 08, 2016:

Oh, I love thumbprint cookies, but have never found a recipe for them. Thanks for sharing yours. I'm excited to make these for holidays and cookie trays. I might try using crushed nuts or sprinkles instead of coconut for different occasions. Thanks for another great hub!

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 07, 2016:

AWW,, thank you Susan. I always enjoy your visits and comments. They are appreciated.

Blessings to you.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on August 07, 2016:

What a perfect cookie for a shower - they're beautiful! I do love coconut and I'm pretty sure I could finish off a tray of these by myself. Pinning, yumming, and tweeting to save the recipe!

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 07, 2016:

Hi Jackie, Thanks for visiting and the fun and nice comment. I appreciate it.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 07, 2016:

Hi Kristen, Thanks for the visit and the great comment.

Blessings to you.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 06, 2016:

Oh yum these look good and I love coconut. I better not make the whole recipe cause I would sure eat them all! Thanks for another winner.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on August 06, 2016:

Rachel, those cookies look delicious. I want to try it this fall. Thanks for sharing.