One day a long time ago, a little bird came to my birthday party and gave me a version of these cookies all wrapped up darling in a chinese to go container. I was SO impressed and knew this was a woman I needed to have in my life. Almost ten years later we are still hanging out and having fun and making food for each other. So I made these for her bridal party the other day.
1/2 cup of roasted almonds
1/2 cup of toasted desiccated coconut
2 cups flour
8 oz butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean
Process the nuts into a fine flour like texture, do not over process or it will be almond butter time. Cream butter and sugar in a mixer. Add vanilla, salt,
nut flour and toasted coconut. Add the flour in a couple batches. Turn dough into a disk and wrap in parchment. Let chill a good hour. Roll out the dough and cut into adorable little shape of your choice. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes but if you use a tiny cutter like I did, you have to watch those babies. I got cocky on my last batch and they burned.
Fill with jam of your choice. This was hard for me as I knew I was using almond and coconut and wanted to do a citrus jam but then that seemed… kinda gross? I kept thinking “Lime in the coconut, and mix it all up ”
You know, that drugged out Harry Nilsson song? So anyay the thought of lime jam just did not fly, even though I have had really good lime jam. I dunno I went with Raspberry. I let the filled cookies rest overnight on the pan covered by paper towels. This way the jam gets a little stiff.
I have to tell you these cookies are the type of cookies you can build a great friendship on. You should bake them and give them to someone you want to be friends with.
Trust me on this.