Cream the butter; add the sugar. Add the egg yolk and vanilla. Beat. Gradually add the salt and flour. Chill the dough for ease in handling. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Make 1 inch balls, dip them in egg white, and roll them in coconut. Place the dough balls on an ungreased baking sheet, or on no-stick foil on a cookie sheet, and press a thumbprint in each cookie. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Add the preserves for the last 5 minutes of baking.
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Reprinted with permission from The Jamlady Cookbook ©2001, 2004 By Beverly Ellen Schoonmaker Alfeld, published by Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. click for book review