That isn’t autocatalysis, which is what you were talking about before. Why is it a problem that ATP is involved?
Rube Goldberg machines seem like something evolution would produce. Natural selection can only see fitness, so there is no selection for parsimonious pathways. If a labyrinthine pathway increases fitness then it is selected for.
Not off the top of my head. We may never know the earliest steps in the evolution of metabolism. Is there a deity you want to squeeze into this gap?