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Coconut shortbread thumbprint cookies are filled with rose-flavored raspberry jam and topped with a fresh raspberry for this perfect, delicious cookie.

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Can I please explain the scene at our dinner table this evening?

Food.  All over the floor.  Green beans, cherries, chicken, chickpeas, watermelon chunks, rice rusks.  Floor lamp on it’s side.  Baby thumping his highchair table, food all over his face.

As it’s turning out, Kai is a bit of a diva when it comes to food.  List of food he won’t eat: all of the above listed items, peaches {which actually got an ‘ewwww’ face!}, turkey, beef or chicken meatballs, carrots, corn, zucchini, lentils, potato and sweet potato, raspberries…

List of food he will eat: Cheerios.  Cheese.  Bread.  Arrowroot biscuits.

Helllllp!  I’m in trouble.

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Raspberry Rose Coconut Thumbprint Cookies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I will admit that I’m a picky eater, too…but mostly with random things: bananas, oranges, stinky cheese, bad tequila…

I guess for now, I will have to wait until the time that I can reason with Kai, because for now, our dinner-time conversation mostly goes like this:

Me: “would you like some watermelon?  See, Mommy eats watermelon {eating watermelon}.  Mmmm!  Yummy!  Watermelon!”

Kai: “Eeeeeeeeeeeh!”.  Throws watermelon on ground.  Looks at me with big eyes.  “Uh-uh”.  Looks on ground.

So… does “uh-uh” count as a first word?  Because I’m pretty sure he is mimicking our “uh-oh”.  And I’m also pretty sure “Go Fetch, Mommy” is his new favorite game.

Raspberry Rose Coconut Thumbprint Cookies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Raspberry Rose Coconut Thumbprint Cookies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

And this all has exactly nothing to do with these cookies…other than the fact that maybe Kai would eat them…since he likes digestive biscuits.  But he doesn’t like raspberries, so maybe not.

So here’s the run-down on these cookies {and thank-you my readers therapists for listening to my concerns}: soft, buttery, coconut thumbprint cookies.  Sweet, tart, slightly floral raspberry-rosewater jam filling.  Then topped off with a fresh raspberry, which really rounds out the fresh, sweet and tart raspberry flavors in these cookies.

I feel it necessary to state the fact that raspberries + rosewater is a completely ah-maze-ing, albeit slightly unexpected flavor combination.  It is ever-so-slightly-floral, sweet, tart, and all-round delicious…then you throw in buttery-coconutty shortbread.

My favorite thing about these cookies is that they are pretty small, making the raspberry : shortbread ratio quite high.  You get a big juicy burst of raspberry with every bite!

Really delish, easy peasy to make, and incredibly poppable {that is: pop-into-your-mouth-able}.

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Serves: 16
Coconut Thumbprint Cookies
  • ½ cup unsalted butter {113g; at room temperature}
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar {55g}
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour {125g, fluffed, spooned & leveled}
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut {135g}
  • ¼ tsp salt
Raspberry-Rosewater Jam:
  • ½ cup seedless raspberry jam
  • ½ tsp rosewater
  • 16 fresh raspberries
  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt and coconut. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until dough comes together.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch sized balls. Make an indentation with your thumb (or a smaller finger if necessary). See photos above for an example.
  5. Bake cookies for 5 minutes. While cookies are baking, whisk together the raspberry jam and rosewater until smooth.
  6. After 5 minutes of baking, use the back of a wooden spoon to reform the thumbprint in the cookies. Spoon approximately ½ tsp of the raspberry-rosewater jam into each indentation.
  7. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 or so minutes. Cookies may look underdone but should be firm to the touch.
  8. Press a fresh raspberry into the jam.
  9. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Chilling the dough can help prevent the cookies from spreading, however if you chill overnight, allow the dough to sit for 15 or so minutes at room temperature before baking.
Cookies are best consumed the day they are baked.

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  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane August 5, 2014, 1:45 pm

    Denise, this really does sound like my idea of a heavenly little cookie! They sort of remind me of something my grandma used to make – this version is a lot more refined, though!
    It sounds like you are having some ‘adventures’ to say the least at mealtimes lately! Thanks for the heads-up on what motherhood is likely to be like! 😉
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    • Denise August 6, 2014, 1:53 am

      Dinnertime is definitely lively these days, but I’m sure it’s just a phase, because if there’s one thing I know about motherhood, it’s that just when you get used to something being ‘normal’ it changes again 😛

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments August 5, 2014, 7:27 pm

    Oh yum! These look so good. Pinned to our Coconut Obsession board!
    Have a great day.
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  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice August 5, 2014, 8:51 pm

    Sounds like Kai is definitely the star of the show at dinner! Maybe he will grow to like more foods and give you a break..eventually! :) These cookies look beautiful, Denise! I love thumbprint cookies, and these look gorgeous with the raspberries and coconut nestled on top.
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    • Denise August 6, 2014, 1:54 am

      I so should have bought him this onsie I saw that said ‘there’s a new sheriff in town’! I’m sure it is a phase…last night was just so bad it was comical :)

  • Annie @Maebells August 5, 2014, 8:54 pm

    Ohhh coconut shortbread?! That sounds delicious! I love that you added raspberries, I rarely use them. I think I forget they exist sometimes!
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    • Denise August 6, 2014, 1:55 am

      Raspberries are my favorite berries!! Especially fresh ones and my mom brought me 2 pounds of them this week…I’m in heaven :)

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout August 6, 2014, 5:49 am

    Don’t worry… I was the FUSSIEST eater as a baby according to my mom and now I’m pretty adventurous! :) I looove the addition of rose flavors here!
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    • Denise August 8, 2014, 2:11 am

      Thanks, Medha, so there’s still some hope for him :)

  • katie August 6, 2014, 1:43 pm

    Ah the never ending food struggle with the kids, it has to get better some day,right? And who wouldn’t like these cookies, they look so sweet and poppable! Maybe you can take the raspberry off of one {and eat it of course} – I bet he’ll love it!
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    • Denise August 8, 2014, 2:10 am

      Oh man, I thought I had longer before the food battles began! I guess not… Thanks, Katie :)

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife August 6, 2014, 4:13 pm

    Hahahaha, sometimes our floor looks like that, and I don’t even have kids! (Messy cook.) We’d eat every crumb of these yummy cookies!
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    • Denise August 8, 2014, 2:02 am

      Oh man, my floor is COVERED in food constantly, it is impossible to keep up with! Thanks, Erin :)

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! August 6, 2014, 6:51 pm

    I think you could trick your little man into eating raspberries with these cookies – they look and sound absolutely scrumptious. Do I even need to tell you that I’m dying over the rose-flavored raspberry jam? Ugh, so good!
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    • Denise August 8, 2014, 2:01 am

      You’re probably right, I could get him to eat one of these…I just don’t think I should give one to a 10 month old 😉 Maybe in a few months! Thanks, Kathi!

  • Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel August 6, 2014, 9:22 pm

    Mmmm… raspberry and coconut sounds like an awesome combo… these cookies are so pretty! I love stinky cheese, but I have to say… I don’t think ANYONE likes bad tequila! 😉
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    • Denise August 8, 2014, 2:00 am

      Ha ha, I hope no one likes bad tequila 😉 Thanks, Jess!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor August 7, 2014, 12:09 am

    Taste preferences do change over time so hopefully Kai will grow to like everything! I hated chocolate for the first 20 years of my life. I know, hard to believe, but it is true! Of course, now I probably eat more than I should. And I would love a few of these gorgeous cookies!
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    • Denise August 8, 2014, 1:51 am

      Thanks, Ashley, I’m holding out hope that someday he will be a good eater! I think he just discovered that he has the ability to have an opinion 😉

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche August 7, 2014, 3:21 am

    i could definitely devour many of these right now.. raspberry and rose is a killer flavour combination! they are just so cute!
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    • Denise August 8, 2014, 1:48 am

      I love raspberry and rose together, it is weirdly delicious :) Thanks, Thalia!

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic August 7, 2014, 1:10 pm

    Oh Denise sounds like Kai is not yet a foodie. :)
    The combination of raspberry and coconut is amazing. I love anything with coconut. Beautiful photos too.

    • Denise August 8, 2014, 1:47 am

      Ha ha, foodie he is NOT. I’m sure it’s a phase, there is still hope for him!

  • Alessandra // the foodie teen August 7, 2014, 6:56 pm

    That looks absolutely STUNNING! Yum!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? August 7, 2014, 7:55 pm

    Love that big raspberry on the top! I must try that raspberry-rosewater combination. Sorry for your picky eater! Hopefully he’ll change his mind someday and eat yummy awesome things like these cookies.
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    • Denise August 8, 2014, 1:40 am

      Thanks, Leah! If Kai doesn’t like cookies I don’t think we can be related 😉

  • Kelsey Bang August 8, 2014, 11:22 pm

    oh wow! I want to make these tonight! I have never tried a cookie like this and want to try them! they look darling!


    • Denise August 9, 2014, 3:35 pm

      Thanks, Kelsey! They were a hit at our house, hope you like them :)

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu August 12, 2014, 3:38 am

    How sweet are these?? I just love the addition of a fresh raspberry on top! I would love to gobble one (or two) of these up right now!
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    • Denise August 13, 2014, 1:49 am

      Thanks, Jessica! I wish I had some leftovers to snack on right now, too :(

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