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Coconut Top Hats


A multi-layered cookie with a sugar cookie base, a sweet coconut topping, chocolate frosting, and a cherry.

Makes about 48

For the base:
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the coconut topping:
2 cups finely shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the chocolate topping:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Garnish:
24 Maraschino or candied cherries, red and/or green, halved

For the dough:
In a mixing bowl beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Blend in flour and salt. Shape dough into a 10" long log, wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 2 hours. Meanwhile, prepare coconut topping.

For the topping:
Combine coconut, sugar, unbeaten egg white, water and vanilla; chill.

Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Cut chilled cookie dough into 1/8" slices and place on prepared baking sheet. Top cookies with 1 teaspoon of the coconut topping and spread almost to the edges of the cookies. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool cookies on wire racks.

When cookies are cooled, melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water. Spread melted chocolate on the top of cooled cookies. Top each cookie with a cherry half.

Note: Adapted from an undated book entitled "Christmas Cooky Book" from the Wisconsin Electric Power Company. The name of the author is not printed on the book.

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Reviews of Coconut Top Hats:

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  A cookie baker  Dec 1, 2011
Would make this again.
Amazing! I brought these to work and co-workers loved them! I would take more care next time though, making the dough into a really nice shaped log instead of sorta plopping it into the fridge in the parchement paper. My slices were werid shaped, but hey they were still yumm! 5 stars

  A cookie baker in tx.  May 30, 2011
Would make this again.
I can't beleive I finally found this recipe!!! It was in our family for years, and we always made at Christmas. The recipe originally comes from a 2nd place winner of the Pillsbury Bake-off contest back in the early 60's--I know the time, because my Mom had saved the Sunday color supplement that had this recipe--and on the back-side of the paper was an article about President Kennedy(he was still alive). Thios is the tastiest, cutest cookie, and there is no one who doesn't love them(unless not a fan of coconut). Thankyou, thankyou--now I can make again for my own family!!:) 5 stars

  Sin in Lomira WI  Dec 13, 2009
Would make this again.
Awesome, just love them 5 stars

  Caitly Mudley Zemmo in new england  Dec 2, 2008
Would make this again.
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.Very good. Really,one taste of this and your taste buds will burst. 4 stars

  A cookie baker in Appleton, WI, USA  Nov 30, 2008
Would make this again.
I make a double batch of these every year. They are my husband's favorite cookie. 5 stars

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