When I finished making the Pineapple Rum Cake for Kyle and Joel’s Gr8 Dinner, A Night in Margaritaville, there was leftover Pineapple Filling; not because the recipe is wrong, but because I always double things like this to ensure there is enough filling to satisfy me.
The filling looked at me every time I opened my refrigerator, as if to say, “I’m delicious…what are you going to do with me?” So, I found an Ina Garten recipe for thumbprint cookies that are rolled in coconut. Perfect! (In case you don’t have any Pineapple Filling staring at you from your fridge, the recipe is below.)
Now, I have never really cared for coconut, but what I’ve discovered as an adult is that I don’t like the commercial, processed coconut sold in most grocery stores. For both the cake and these cookies I used coconut from Sprouts Market, while still sweetened it seems to be less processed. (Maybe I’m just imagining things.) But, when it is baked onto these cookies, it has a yummy toasty crunch that is just divine.
Having a luau or tropical party…or maybe you just love tropical flavors? Definitely give these a whirl!
Makes 42 cookies (and if you weight them, it should yield exactly 42!)
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Family Style
To make these for the holidays use the raspberry or apricot jam,too. How pretty would all of those beautiful colors look on a platter!