I sort of think that anything with coconut in them is sophisticated by definition. I hated the texture and taste of dessicated coconut for most of my life and had to acquire a taste for coconut-anything. The kids I know are not fans either, but I wonder if they’d feel differently about these incredibly sweet and chewy cookies…
Even if past, immature me could have appreciated them, these are delicate and pretty and still make me want to serve them at, say, a meeting of that serious book-club or parlour I have yet to become a member of. In the meantime, I can whip up dozens of these for entertaining over the holidays–no mixers and no rolling make this the kind of recipe that even I can can call truly simple.
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbs flour
4 tbs melted butter
2 egg yolks
1 whole egg
Moisten your hands with water to aid in forming the balls. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix coconut flakes, sugar, flour, melted butter, egg yolks, and whole egg in a medium mixing bowl until ingredients hold together. Roll dough into walnut-size balls and bake on parchment-lined baking sheets until golden on top, about 15 minutes.
Makes about 24 cookies.