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Coconut Top Hats

Coconut Top Hats

Coconut Top Hats

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Coconut Top Hats
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Course: Filled CookiesDifficulty: Medium



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


  • 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.
  • Assemble and bake cookies:
  • 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.
  • Add topping and garnish:
  • 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.


  • 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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I have this recipie copied from a cook book from the electric co. The books was intended to get people to switch from wood stove to electric in the 1940s. The recipie book got some of the pages stuck together but we copied this recipe from the book. I googled it to see if anyone else still has the recipie. I got it from my mother. Thanks for sharing this great recipie.
- A Baker

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!
- A Baker

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!!:)
- A Baker

Awesome, just love them
- Sin

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.Very good. Really,one taste of this and your taste buds will burst.
- Caitly
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