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This cookie recipe is by Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. The cookie dough is rolled into balls, dipped in an egg wash and rolled in coconut. A thumb print is made and jam is put in the center to make a festive holiday or any day cookie. The browned coconut makes for a wonderful presentation.
- Cream butter and sugar in mixer and add vanilla.
- Sift together flour and salt and add to the creamed mixture.
- Mix until dough starts to come together.
- Dump onto a floured board and roll into a flat disk.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
- Roll dough into 1 1/4-inch balls and dip each one into the egg wash and then roll it in the coconut.
- Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger.
- Drop 1/4 teaspoon of jam into each indentation.
- Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes until coconut is golden brown.
- Cool on wire rack.
I made these cookies this past xmas; if I'd known the recipe was here at Zaar I'd have rated it earlier! The only problem I had was that the balls often fell apart while I was rolling them; it all worked out in the end but it was frustrating. I also found them fussy to prepare and so wouldn't make them often. One tip from the tv show I watched where she made these -- she used her digital scale and recommended that each ball weigh exactly one ounce, and so I got out my scale and followed her advice. I did like the taste of the coconut on the outside of the cookies and also think they are quite attractive. I also recommend you not put all your coconut out at once, as you likely won't use the entire amount listed (I didn't). I made these up with seedless raspberry jam and apricot jam and everyone seemed to like them. Thanks for posting!
I make these every year for Christmas and they're a beautiful addition to any cookie platter. The jam is like stained glass on the cookies. Just delicious!
So delicious and pretty! They were a bit more work than cookies I usually make, but they are well worth the effort. I used Hero raspberry jam. I warmed it in the microwave and strained out the seeds. One jar was the right amount. I also used my cookie scoop. Next time I will chop the coconut into smaller pieces in hopes that it will lay flatter on the cookie. Thank you!