These biscuits (cookies) are easy to make, taste delicious and keep well. They also look lovely with their centres of sparkling red jam. They're perfect for afternoon tea, after-school or picnics. Yes, they're a bit fiddly to make but believe me, they're worth the effort!
- Grease 3 oven or cookie trays.
- Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
- Combine sifted flour, coconut and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix well.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and stir in melted butter and milk.
- Mix well.
- (Don't worry if the batter looks a bit crumbly.) Using your hands, shape, rather than roll, level tablespoons of the mixture into balls.
- (Don't worry if the balls aren't perfectly round).
- If the mixture seems too crumbly at this stage, add a tablespoon or two of milk to the batter, but be careful not to make it too wet- it should still look crumbly and the dough should just come together with the heat of your hands.
- Place balls about 7cm (3") apart on oven trays.
- (They will flatten out as they cook.) Now, holding the balls together with the fingers of one hand, gently push the handle of a wooden spoon into the centre of each biscuit to make an indentation about 5mm (1/4") deep.
- (If the biscuits split a little just gently push the dough back together.) Using a finger to ease the jam off the spoon, drop about 1/4 teaspoon of jam into the hollow of each biscuit.
- (Be neat and don't overfill- you can add more jam later.) Bake on the centre shelf/shelves of a moderate 180C/350F oven for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cook in batches if necessary.
- Remove plum drops from oven and leave on trays while you add an extra 1/4 teaspoon of jam into each hollow.
- When plum drops are firm to touch, remove gently to cool on wire racks.
- Store in an airtight container between layers of baking (silicone) paper.
- They will keep well for up to a week- if they last that long!