Coconut Thumbprint Cookies
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 air tight 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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter with salt. Gradually beat in sugar. Blend in the extracts.
- Add the flour, a small amount at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Stir in coconut and almonds. Chill dough for about 1 hour.
- Shape into walnut sized balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 minutes.
- Remove from oven and make depression in center of each ball with thumb or a teaspoon measuring spoon. ( You may have to take them out half way 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).
- Return to oven and bake for another 12 - 15 minutes longer or just until lightly brown. Cool on sheets.
- Fill each cookie with 1 teaspoon of jam. Sprinkle with additional coconut if you desire.
There are three options here:
- 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.
- 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.
- You can cut this recipe in half very easily if you don't need 8 dozen cookies.