The annual NEO Christmas Cookie swap is back! Lamia and I are so excited because it’s an excuse to bake. And the boy is happy because he willingly plays the part of the taste-tester. I’m starting this year’s swamp with a cookie my mother has been making for a long as I can remember. In mom’s quest to become Ina Garten (really though…who isn’t in their own personal quest to become Ina Garten) she perfected this cookie and now I’m desperately trying to do the same.
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water, for egg wash
7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
Your jam of choice. We used blueberry and strawberry
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a stand or hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until they are just combined and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes
Roll the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in the coconut. Place the balls on a ungreased cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Drop 1/4 tsp of your chosen jam into each indentation. Bake for 2o to 25 minutes, until the coconut is golden brown. Cool and serve.
*Mom always dusts a bit of powdered sugar over the top, so naturally I do the same.*
If you make these cookies, or any of the other cookies on the cookie swap list, tweet (@tshannonp) us a photo of your creation!