Auctionable Cookies. Month 9.

The cookies that started it all.

It was after I made these cookies last year that I decided to donate my “cookie-making services” to my son’s school auction. And I’ve been looking forward to re-making them all. year. long.

Because seriously, you can’t get much better than these.

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Toasted Coconut Shortbread by Smittenkitchen.com

Toasted Coconut Shortbread
Adapted from Bon Appetit, April 2004

1/2 cup (about 1.5 ounces) unsweetened shredded coconut*
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks or 6 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature**
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt (Updated: for unsweetened coconut, the smaller amount; sweetened, the larger amount)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spread coconut on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until coconut is light golden, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Cool completely, then grind in a coffee grinder, food processor or blender until coarsely ground.

Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Mix in salt and vanilla. Beat in flour in 2 additions. Stir in toasted coconut. Gather dough together, flatten into a disc and wrap in plastic. Chill at least 1 hour. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Keep chilled. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.)

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out dough disk on lightly floured work surface to scant 1/4-inch thickness. Using 1 3/4- to 2-inch-diameter cookie cutters, cut dough into rounds. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Gather dough scraps and reroll; cut out additional cookies.

Bake cookies until light golden, about 20 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely. (Can be made ahead. Store airtight at room temperature up to 1 week.)

 

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15 Comments

  1. I am not a big fan of coconut, but those look good enough to make me change my mind.

  2. Could you just send me some? Because I KNOW I would mess them up.

  3. They look so cute.
    And I feel super virtuous in that I am not even a wee bit tempted.
    And then I have to confess that the reason that I am not even a bit tempted is not my self-control (as it is non-existent) but rather my loathing of all things coconut. But I know of several coconutholics that these would make great presents for.

  4. Those sound really good! I bet it’s yummy with coffee!

  5. They look so yummy!

    This is the third Valentine treat post I’ve stumbled upon for WW today. Man, I am getting hungry! LOL

  6. oh just think you get to keep trying and eat all the ones that don’t quite make the cut!!

  7. Oh these look delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I cannot tell you how much I love it when bloggers share their baking secrets 🙂

  8. I’ll bet my dad would LOVE those. I’ll have to try the recipe.

  9. Yum! I love coconut and shortbread. I will certainly try these.

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