Coconut Pineapple Gem Cookies

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

A tropical take on the classic jam filled cookie.

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

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Coconut Pineapple Gem Cookies

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 2 dozen cookies
Active time:25 minutes
Total time:1 hour 20 minutes
This recipe appears in: Cookie Monster: Coconut Pineapple Gems


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (4 2/3 ounces) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1 1/3 cups pineapple jam


  1. 1

    In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla, salt, and flour until smooth dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  2. 2

    Adjust oven rack to middle and lower positions and preheat oven to 350°F. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in egg wash then coconut flakes to cover. Use your thumb or the back of a teaspoon to make an indent in each cookie. Fill each indent with jam. Bake cookies until lightly golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


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