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Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies are a classic holiday favorite. These delicate cookies are baked to perfection and filled with delicious raspberry jam.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 Cookies
Calories: 97kcal
Author: Shadi HasanzadeNemati


  • 1 ½ stick Unsalted Butter
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ¾ cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg white lightly beaten (optional)
  • 1 cup Coconut Flakes (optional)
  • 1 cup Raspberry Jam


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Beat butter and granulated sugar until fully creamy and incorporated. 
  • Add in the egg yolk and mix well. 
  • Mix in vanilla extract. 
  • Add in flour and mix using a wooden spoon or spatula until a dough forms. 
  • Roll a 1-inch ball of dough and set it aside. Repeat with the remaining dough until you have 36 dough balls. 
  • Roll each ball in the beaten egg and then in the coconut flakes (optional step). 
  • Place the balls on the baking sheet, leaving a 2-inch space between them. 
  • Using your thumb, press an indentation into the center of each cookie. Fill the indentation with raspberry jam.
  • Bake the cookies in the oven for 9-10 minutes until the bottom of the cookies is golden. 
  • Cool the cookies on a rack and then serve. 


  1. Rolling the cookie dough balls in beaten egg and coconut flake is an optional step. You can simply roll the Dough balls in granulated sugar and place them on the baking sheet. 
  2. How to store thumbprint cookies: Simply place them in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to four days. 
  3. How to freeze thumbprint cookies: Place the cookies on a baking sheet in one single layer and freeze for about one to two hours until they're fully frozen. Place them in a ziploc bag and freeze for up to 6 months. To defrost, take them out of the bag and place them on a baking sheet. Let them thaw in the fridge or at room temperature. 
  4. To prevent thumbprint cookies from spreading: Chill the cookie balls with jam in the fridge for 30 minutes to one hour before baking, this will help the cookies not to spread too much. 
  5. To prevent cracks on the edges of the cookies: Roll the cookie dough balls between your hands long enough to make sure they don't have any cracks or lines. Make the indentation rather narrow than wide. 


Calories: 97kcal