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Coconut Thumbprint Cookies



My husband loves these little preserve & jam filled cookies. They are a easy to make albeit a little time consuming but the end product is soooo delicious.

raspberry jam filled
See those two cookies with heart design in them? That wasn’t planned but rather a sweet little surprise out of the oven.

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies
8 TBSP of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, separated
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups of all-purpose flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBSP of white sugar
3 cups of coconut flakes
apricot preserves, raspberry jam, or other preserve or jam of choice
In a mixing bowl or electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and the sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add and beat in the egg yolk (reserving the white) and vanilla.
If using electric mixer, turn to low and beat in the flour, salt, and 1 cup of the coconut flakes. Continue to mix until the batter starts to form a ball.
Stop the mixer and refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes or until it is easier (stiffer) to handle.
Roll dough into 1” balls, dip into the egg white and roll in the remaining coconut to coat.
Transfer the balls to a cookie sheet. Using your thumb or the back of a small spoon, make an indention into the balls to form a “nest”.
Preheat Oven to 350 (this should be heated and ready by the time the next two steps are done)
Put the pans in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes.
Fill the center of each cookie with preserves or jam of choice. Don’t over-fill or the preserves or jam will leak out during baking.
Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Makes about 2 dozen.
(I made my cookies a little bigger than the 1” balls and doubled my recipe.)
apricot preserve filled


I’ve been on a cookie making spree. The last two days, I made up slice and bake cookies --- 7 different ones. Each batch made 4 rolls and each roll makes 3 dozen cookies. I made a roll of each kind I made and the other 3 rolls of each one went into the freezer.
I made:
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cinnamon-Sugar
  • Oatmeal Raisin (my favorite)
  • Gingersnap
  • Chocolate Wafer (which can be used to make ice cream sandwiches, chocolate cookie pie crust, or even whoopie pies)
  • Butterscotch
All those but the butterscotch and cinnamon-sugar came from this book:

The butterscotch is my personal variation to the Chocolate Chip and the cinnamon sugar is a variation of the Sugar cookie mix that is in the book.
If you like making your own mixes from seasoning blends, etc. be sure to check out and maybe pick up a copy of any or all of the Make A Mix series of cookbooks by Karine Eliason, Nevada Howard, and Madeline Westover.

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(click on either of those to go to the Amazon page for that book or one of the links below)
Make A Mix
More Make A Mix
and Make A Mix Revised (has some recipes the others don't and vice versa).
or the Complete Make-a-mix Cookbook : How to make your Own Mixes but I don't have that one so not sure what all is in it.
So check the books out if you get a chance. You can order them through Amazon, maybe find them on ebay, or look at your local used bookstore.
here are a few of the mixes from the Make A Mix Revised book I use on a regular basis: (some of the mixes are found in the other two books)
  • Muffin Mix
  • Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix
  • Taco Seasoning
  • onion seasoning mix (which is kinda like Lipton and I use it to make dip with ... yum yum yum)
  • crisp coating mix
  • Cornbread mix
  • quick mix (this is like bisquik and is very very very good)

I have also made and use occasionally just not used as frequently as the above ones. I haven't made some of these in a while though but will be making most of them again soon due to us going back to the homemade items, etc. and getting away from the prepackaged stuff more and more... not much store bought package stuff left here now.
  • Hot Roll Mix
  • BreadMaker Mix (when I still had the bread maker, now I make my bread by hand and use another recipe)
  • Graham cracker crust mix
  • sweet quick bread mix
  • all purpose cake mix
  • snack cake mix
  • vanilla pudding and pie filling mix
  • cookie mix
  • granola mix
  • dried calico bean soup mix
  • all purpose ground meat mix (this one is awesome)
  • meatloaf mix
  • meatball mix
  • meat sauce mix
  • Mexican meat mix
  • navy bean mix
  • slice and bake cookies (various ones and these are an absolute favorite of mine... I even used one of the recipes as a basis to make up one of my own -- it's posted over in the recipe forum)
  • chocolate syrup mix
  • chili seasoning mix
  • home-style dressing mix
  • spaghetti seasoning mix
  • chicken continental rice seasoning mix (fave of ours)
  • spanish rice seasoning mix
  • hot chocolate mix
  • Russian refresher mix (kinda of like Russian Tea mix but doesn't call for instant tea)

That's the basic mixes I use. From those you can make various recipes with them.

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MMMM... these sound delicious! I made some home made raspberry jam this summer from raspberries that I picked. it would be so good in these. Do you have to use the coconut? My daughter doesn't like it.
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Well it adds a bit of a flavor and texture to them but you can leave it out.

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These look delicious, wish I liked to bake.
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Well it adds a bit of a flavor and texture to them but you can leave it out.
I Love coconut! Maybe I'll make some with coconut and some without for my DD
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Yummy!!!!! I want some!!!!!

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I have one of the Make A Mix cookbooks. I have never used it. Sad, I know. I really should as the recipes are wonderful. LOL My mom had a recipe for thumbprints, and I make them every so often for Christmas, but I normally use icing in the middle rather than the fruit. (Major sweet tooth here!!!)
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I want that book! Lol

I love me some cookies
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Oh my, those look yummy Whole Wheat Pastry flour? Does it say pastry, I have whole wheat flour, would that work? I have wanted to make the switch to whole wheat in my baking but was afraid it would change the taste too much.

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I want that book! Lol

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If you get one, you will not regret it. Lots and lots of make it yourself mixes then it gives you recipes to use the mixes in, etc.


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Oh my, those look yummy Whole Wheat Pastry flour? Does it say pastry, I have whole wheat flour, would that work? I have wanted to make the switch to whole wheat in my baking but was afraid it would change the taste too much.
Whole Wheat Pastry flour is a soft white wheat flour that is marketed as soft white wheat or pastry wheat. It is used for cakes, pies, cookies, etc. If the recipe doesn't call for yeast... this is the flour you want to use. I use for making biscuits too.

Regular wheat flour which is either gold, hard red, hard winter (red or white), etc. is for making breads - rolls, bread, pizza crust.. basically anything that calls for yeast.

There's other kinds of wheat flour too - durum for making pasta, etc. More on that here: Difference in Wheat Flours: All-Purpose, Bread, Self-Rising,Semolina,Durum,Farina,Whole Wheat Flours

So not knowing what kind you have, I am hesitant to tell you to use it to make these cookies with.

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