Blackberry and Raspberry Bambury Tarts

by Maggie Battista on December 15, 2008

in Desserts, Holiday

Tammy from Food on the Food introduced me to these cookies last December. I must have made them about 10 times that month because they’re so festive and I love coconut. (The husband hates coconut but seems to get over that hurdle every time a hot batch emerge from the oven.)

Alas, I over-mixed the batter this time around and some of the cookies weren’t so pretty. In fact, many of them were down right runts. That’ll teach me to be watching a movie and stirring cookie batter at the same time. But the little imperfect ones have a special place in my heart and always end up in my belly, and not the bellies of friends and neighbors.

The first two shots are from the better looking second batch, filled with blackberry jelly. I made sure to snap some photos of the runts though, so you could get a peek at the chef’s private stash.

Bambury Tarts


  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, packed
  • ¼ cup red raspberry or blackberry jam

Preheat oven to 350 °F.   Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. (I used a silpat.)

Cream butter and sugar.   Add egg yolks and vanilla, and blend well.   Mix in flour until just combined. (Do not over-mix, or you’ll get my runts below).   Form into small balls.   Dip in slightly beaten egg whites, and roll in coconut.   Bake 5 minutes and remove from oven.   With a knuckle, nudge a small dent into the center of each cookie.   Spoon a dollop of jam into each well and bake another 15 minutes.   Cool.

Makes about 3 dozen.

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • Sarah

    Thank you so much for the recipe,, I made them today for my friend and she fell in
    love with them,, I followed your instructions and the turned out just perfect,, I’ll definitely make these again and again :)

  • Cakespy

    Ooh these look so delicious!!!!!!! I have got to try this one.

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