Pineapple Coconut Thumbprint Cookies


So I didn’t make it anywhere tropical this summer so instead I brought the taste of the tropics home with these utterly delicious, melt-in-your-mouth Pineapple Coconut Thumbprint Cookies! I’m a big thumbprint cookie fan, I’ve shared these Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints, Twix Thumbprints, Salted Caramel Turtle Thumbprint Cookies, Italian Thumbprint Cookies and even PB&J Thumbprints. These will maybe complete my collection, but then again maybe not :). I’m sure there are still more flavors to try out. I absolutely love this summery twist on thumbprints! It took a few batches to get them just right but after a little tweaking each time I got them right where I want them. They are perfectly coconuty, deliciously buttery, they have just the right texture, and with the help of a little lemon juice and lemon zest you get a flavorful pineapple jam that makes for the perfect pairing with the coconut.

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It was a little difficult to find the pineapple jam where I live, it may be a little easier for you but what I did is just ordered it online (Wal-Marts site to store pick up was free where I live. I used the Smuckers Pineapple). You can definitely substitute pretty much any other flavor of jam here though. I did try them apricot-pineapple jam and raspberry jam and they were also delicious. I think blueberry or peach would also be another great choice, and then of course any other tropical flavored jam you could find. No matter the flavor of the jam these are such a fun cookie that people of all ages will love! Try them soon!

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Pineapple Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

4 from 3 votes

Yield: 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup (160g) pineapple preserves
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large egg mixed with 1 1/2 tsp water
  • 1 3/4 cup (150g) shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, cold and diced into small cubes
  • 2/3 cup (140g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp real coconut extract
  • 2 cups (284g) all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a rimmed baking sheet. In a small mixing bowl gently stir together preserves, lemon zest and lemon juice, set aside. In a separate small bowl whisk together egg and water until well blended. Add coconut to a separate mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (preferably one that constantly scrapes bowl while mixing, if not stop and scrape mixer occasionally throughout mixing process), mix together butter, sugar and salt until combined (don't mix until pale, just it's blended together and there aren't clumps of butter). Mix in coconut extract then add flour and mix until combined. Scoop dough out 1 (even) tablespoon at a time and shape into balls. Roll each dough ball in egg mixture then in coconut mixture (gently press coconut into cookies to help it stick well). Transfer to plates and make indentation in center with thumb, then fill each indentation with 1/2 tsp of the preserves mixture. Freeze 10 minutes or chill in refrigerator 30 minutes then remove 12 cookies from fridge at a time and transfer to baking sheet. Bake 17 - 19 minutes until coconut is golden brown on edges. Cool on pan several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookies. Store in an airtight container.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy


  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: These thumbprints are gorgeous! Love the tropical twist with the coconut and pineapple jam! July 30, 2016 at 2:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Laura! July 30, 2016 at 11:06pm Reply

  • Kali: Wow. they look so yummy!!! I have to try them:-)
    July 31, 2016 at 12:28am Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: I adore tropical flavors in desserts! These cookies scream summer to me! July 31, 2016 at 7:45am Reply

  • Martha in KS: I’ve found it difficult to find pineapple preserves, so I buy Smucker’s pineapple ice cream topping which most stores carry. Can’t wait to make these gorgeous cookies. July 31, 2016 at 11:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The ice cream topping may be a little too runny for these so I might recommend a different flavor of the preserves/jam instead. August 6, 2016 at 10:25am Reply

  • Barbara: Could I substitute pineapple preserves in place of the jam as I cannot find the jam? August 6, 2016 at 7:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that’s what I used, sorry I should change the name so there’s not confusion. August 6, 2016 at 10:22am Reply

      • Barbara: Thanks I can’t wait to make these. Your recipes have neve let me down they always turn out great. August 6, 2016 at 11:07am Reply

  • Barbara: I made these today and they are incredible! August 8, 2016 at 6:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Barbara! August 18, 2016 at 3:57pm Reply

  • LeeAnne: had a jar of kiwi pineapple & ginger jam from a friend. made these cookies and they are amazing! thanks for sharing your recipe :) September 4, 2017 at 9:17am Reply

  • amy: taste is excellent but they spread on me. I tried chilling and baking at a lower temp but they still spread. October 9, 2017 at 12:53am Reply

    • Debra Hewitt: That happened to me also! Did you get a reply? December 16, 2017 at 12:25pm Reply

      • Jaclyn: Sorry I have so many comments to respond to I can never make it to all of them. My guess is that we used different methods to measure the flour, I scoop and level the flour (no sifting or whisking first) unless otherwise mentioned in a different recipe. If that’s not the issue then let me know and we can try to pin point it. Sorry for the late response! December 18, 2017 at 8:56pm Reply

  • Lola Martinez: These were AH-MA-ZING! October 10, 2017 at 1:19pm Reply

  • Renee: Gonna try the pineapple thumbprints for the holiday..for those having difficult finding pineapple jam..I myself had a hard time finding it..all along it was at my local Food 4 Less store..Ralphs should carry same..those back east..try’s made by Smuckers..n cost bout 1.99 for a MED size jar..not bad at all..hope this was helpful..I’ll let you all know how they come jam thumbprints dusted with powdered sugar..WERE EXCELLENT! A 100% hit during las xmas..RAN OUT QUICKLY..DELISH!! November 10, 2017 at 12:08pm Reply

  • Sarah: I’m curious about greasing the baking sheet, which I generally don’t do with cookies. Is this because of the egg wash/coconut coating? December 8, 2017 at 10:58pm Reply

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