|Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies
I've packed up most of my kitchen, but of course I've left out many of my baking ingredients. I had everything I needed for these except for my rolling pin. Guess that's in a box somewhere. So I had to use parchment paper and a quarter sheet pan to press the dough out, and I have to say, I think it was a winning technique.
These cookies are winners too: crisp, light, buttery, just sweet enough, and with a shadow of coconut flavor. If you want more of a punch you in the face coconut experience, perhaps you could add a dash of coconut extract.
For me, these are just what I was shooting for. Simple and delicious coconut shortbread.
Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies
--adapted from Simple Family Finance
- 1 cup toasted coconut
- 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 14 tablespoons butter (salted), cold and cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil *
- about 2 tablespoons flour + 2 tablespoons sugar mixed together for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the toasted coconut, flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Add the cut up butter and coconut oil, and cut it in with a pastry blender. Keep cutting the butter in until the butter and dry ingredients become a dough and the pastry blender seems to be cutting it into slices.
- Dust a clean work surface with half the sugar and flour mixture. Turn dough out onto work surface and flatten roughly into a rectangle shape. Sprinkle with more flour/sugar mixture. Roll dough to about 1/4 inch thickness, trying to maintain a rectangular shape as much as possible.
- Cut with a pizza or fluted rotary cutter into about 1 1/2 inch square pieces (or smaller, if you'd like). You'll have scraps left at the end that you will want to bake as well.
- Place on prepared baking sheet about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. (*At this point, you can also place unbaked cut dough on a wax paper lined sheet and freeze. Place frozen dough pieces in a zip top freezer bag and store in freezer until ready to bake.)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes, or until browned on the edges.
- Allow to cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 5 dozen cookies