Home > Desserts > Coconut Thumbprint Cookies Coconut Thumbprint Cookies December 15, 2018 | No Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Coconut Thumbprint Cookies are the ultimate combination of macaroons and shortbread and filled with Nutella! After trying these Coconut Thumbprint Cookies, you’ve got to try raspberry-almond Thumbprint Cookies, these perfect Shortbread Cookies, or these delicious Macaroons! Welcome to Day #3 of Christmas cookie recipes and my personal favorite: Coconut Thumbprint Cookies. These cookies are insanely good — soft, buttery, coconutty, and filled to the brim with Nutella®. What more could you ask for in a bite of a cookie?! While these cookies are a bit time consuming to make, they are simple to make and well worth the effort. These cookies are definitely unique and would make the perfect addition to a Christmas cookie exchange! How to make these cookies: Start with the cookie base: Beat together the butter and sugars until creamy and light (see picture above to the right). You don’t want the butter melted at all for these cookies! Next, add in the egg and extracts. The secret to a super coconutty-flavored cookie? COCONUT EXTRACT! (You can find coconut extract next to other baking extracts in the store.) Then we add in coconut — make sure you use sweetened coconut flakes for these cookies. Add in salt and cornstarch. The cornstarch keeps these cookies soft and chewy! Then we add in flour and the dough is done! The trick here is to SPOON AND LEVEL the flour measurement. Instead of pressing a measuring cup into a bag/container of flour (which PACKS in the flour giving you too much), use another measuring cup to spoon flour into your measuring cup. Use the back of a butter knife to scrape the measurement to the top of the measuring cup. This ensures you get the right amount of flour. Measure cookie balls by using a tablespoon measuring spoon — gently pack in the dough, level it off, and that is how much dough you need per cookie. Roll that dough in a ball and chill for at least one hour. Bake the cookies being careful to not overbake (this makes all the difference in a soft and chewy cookie) and then press in the center with a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon. Let the cookies cool and fill them up with Nutella! QUICK TIP Even though these cookies are called thumbprint cookies, using your thumb to make the indentation doesn’t work nearly well as using a measuring spoon. Your thumb will cause too much spreading. Use a light touch with the measuring spoon for the perfect-sized divots that will hold that delicious Nutella filling! Tips for making these Coconut Thumbprint Cookies: As with all cookies that rely heavily on butter, make sure to use high-quality butter (no margarine or butter spreads!). Room temperature ingredients are important for these cookies; don’t melt the butter or the texture and consistency will be off. Use a fresh bag of coconut. If you have a bag that’s been sitting in your pantry for a bit and the coconut isn’t super soft, your cookies won’t be nearly as soft or flavorful. Use a new bag and make sure the coconut is super soft. Making these cookies nut free: Nutella is made from hazelnuts so to replace that, you can use a chocolate spread (like this Cadbury® milk chocolate spread) or make your own chocolate filling to add to these cookies. To make your own chocolate filling: Combine 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter with 3/4 cup of chocolate (Use your favorite–dark, milk, or semi-sweet; I like milk chocolate best!) in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave mixture in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds until melted and smooth. Use this in place of the Nutella! Storing these Coconut Thumbprint Cookies: These cookies are best eaten within 1-2 days of being made. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Baked cookies don’t freeze as well, but the unbaked dough freezes beautifully! TO FREEZE: Drop the tablespoon-sized cookie dough balls on a large sheet pan and freeze until solid. Once solid, transfer the frozen cookie dough balls to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. TO BAKE: You can bake straight from the freezer; just add 1-3 minutes onto the cooking time. Alternatively, thaw the dough in the fridge and bake according to directions. More Delicious Cookie Recipes: Snickerdoodles (rave reviews!) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (and plain Oatmeal Cookies here) Caramel Stuffed Cookies Almond Joy Cookies Carmelitas (reader favorite!) FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Coconut Thumbprint Cookies - Review this recipe Coconut Thumbprint Cookies are the ultimate combination of macaroons and shortbread and filled with Nutella! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Coconut Thumbprint Cookies - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Coconut Thumbprint Cookies are the ultimate combination of macaroons and shortbread and filled with Nutella! Course Dessert, Snack Cuisine American Keyword Coconut Thumbprint Cookies Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 8 minutes Chilling Dough 1 hour Total Time 38 minutes Servings 50 small thumbprint cookies Calories 108kcal Author Chelsea Ingredients16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened to room temperature1 cup white granulated sugar1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed1 large egg1 large egg yolk1 and 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract (find near other baking extracts)1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 cups sweetened flaked coconut (make sure your coconut is fresh and SOFT)3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt1 tablespoon cornstarch2 and 1/4 cups white all-purpose flour, measured by spooning and leveling (see post)Nutella (about 1/2 cup depending on how full you fill the thumbprints!) InstructionsIn a large bowl, beat together the room temperature butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and creamy, about 3-4 minutes.Beat in the egg, egg yolk, coconut extract, and vanilla extract until just combined.Add in the sweetened flaked coconut, sea salt, and cornstarch. Beat to combine. Finally, add in the flour and mix until JUST combined.Lightly pack a one-tablespoon measuring spoon and level it off. This is the exact size of the dough you need! Roll that dough into a ball and place it on a parchment paper-lined tray or plate. Cover and chill for one hour.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove from the fridge and place 1 inch apart on a parchment or Silpat-lined tray. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until no longer glossy on top and very lightly browned on the edges. Be careful to not overbake, as you'll lose texture and flavor.Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 minute. Press a 1/4-teaspoon measuring spoon into the center of each cookie. Remove cookies to a cooling rack and let cool completely.Transfer a few tablespoons (at a time) of Nutella into a small plastic bag. Seal the bag and cut off the tip with scissors. "Pipe" the Nutella into the center of each cookie.Enjoy cookies within 1-2 days of making. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Recipe NotesNut-free chocolate filling: Nutella contains hazelnuts. If you'd like to make your own nut-free chocolate filling: Combine 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter with 3/4 cup of chocolate (Use your favorite--dark, milk, or semi-sweet; I like milk chocolate best!) in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave mixture in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds until melted and smooth. Use this in place of the Nutella! Nutrition FactsCalories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.