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Kaya Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Coconut thumbprint cookies with kaya filling in the middle

Source: Simply Recipes

Whether you're looking to wow your guests or you simply want a simple cozy treat, these coconut-kaya thumbprint cookies make for the ultimate pick-me-up dessert.

For those that are not familiar with kaya, it is a jam that is made primarily from coconut milk, pandan and eggs. It's considered a staple in almost every Singaporean household and is best served on warm toast (with a generous dollop of butter of course).

Find out how you can make coconut thumbprint cookies with kaya using our simple yet delicious recipe all with ingredients that you can find at home.

For this recipe, you'll need:

2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup butter ( or margarine), softened 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoon fresh milk dessicated coconut for dredging

1/2 cup kaya


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt on a wax paper (for easier pouring)

  3. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until creamy. You could also use an electronic mixer if you have one.

  4. Add egg, milk and vanilla into your sugar-butter mixture and beat until it is well-blended.

  5. Slowly incorporate the flour mix (from step 2) until it forms one big dough.

  6. With a spoon, scoop out a tablespoon of dough into a bowl filled with desiccated coconut. Roll the scoop of dough until it is evenly coated with the desiccated coconut. This helps to give the exterior of your cookie a nice crust.

  7. Place your flour balls onto ungreased baking sheet and bake them for 6 minutes.

  8. Remove the cookies from the oven. While working quickly, use a teaspoon to make a small dent in the center of each cookie, making sure not to press all the way through.

  9. Fill the dent of each cookie with a small dollop of kaya.

  10. Place them back in the oven for another 12-14 minutes or until the edges are browned.

  11. Once it's done, place the cookies on a wire rack and allow them to cool before serving with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee!

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