Coconut Shortbread Cookies, soft, almost melting in your mouth, buttery, full of coconut flavour, these cookies are absolutely delicious! They are super easy to make with just a few ingredients, and go down a treat with a hot cup of tea or coffee.
l've always loved cookies and biscuits of any kind, and I like munching on them, especially in the afternoon when my energy levels are going dangerously low, and I need a bit of sugar to keep me going. Not only I get the energy I need, but I also get to have my daily share of spoiling.
Homemade cookies have a wonderful taste, and are so much better than the store-bought ones that have a high amount of additives and other nasty ingredients.
Ok, they might not be 100% healthy, after all you do use sugar, butter, etc, but still. Well, don't get me wrong, I don't eat cookies every every single day. I could, I guess, but I it's better to keep them as an occasional treat. Or not?
Shortbread cookies are a favourite of mine. They are rich, yet delicate, and the flavours can vary greatly. For my coconut shortbread cookies I used a bit of vanilla extract, but you can give them a different touch by using lemon extract, rum or any other flavour you like.
We only need 6 ingredients to make these yummy cookies:
- plain flour
- desiccated coconut
- butter - it has to be very soft, as it's a lot easier to get a rich, buttery texture
- vanilla extract- it can be optional, as the coconut has a lovely flavour anyway, but I find that the 2 flavours compliment each other really well
How to make the coconut shortbread
Making the coconut shortbread cookies is super simple:
- Start by beating the butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy
- Add the egg and beat again
- Sift in the flour, add the coconut and vanilla extract, and use a spatula to mix everything well
- Transfer the dough onto a kitchen foil, the roll it into a sausage, and refrigerate it for 30 minutes to an hour to firm up
Once it's nice and cool, it's very easy to slice it. Now, don't beat yourself if the cookies are not perfectly round (mine aren't!!!). They don't spread that much in the oven, so no need to leave lots of space between them, I only left more between mine because it was a small batch anyway.
You make about 8 cookies out of the dough, obviously depending on how big or small you roll the dough into a sausage. Mine was quite chunky though, but the number you get will be more or less the same.
How long to you bake shortbread cookies for
Now, depending you your oven, the cookies don't need more than 15 minutes or so to bake at 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahreneheit).
I left mine to get a slightly pale golden colour, but if you want a lighter shade, you can take them out once they are starting to firm up after 10-12 minutes. They do firm up further once you take them out of the oven anyway.
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Coconut Shortbread Cookies
- 100 grams plain flour
- 100 grams butter, soften
- 40 grams granulated sugar
- 50 grams desiccated coconut
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar until you get a smooth paste.
- Add the egg and beat again.
- Sift in the flour, add the coconut and vanilla extract, and use a spatula to mix everything into a soft dough.
- Transfer the dough onto a kitchen foil, and roll it into a large sausage.
- Chill the roll for 30 minutes to 1 hour until firm.
- Transfer to the working surface and use a sharp knife to slice the sausage into approximately 1 cm thick rounds, I got 10 cookies.
- Line a baking tray with non-stick paper and transfer the cookies onto it.
- Bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) for about 14-15 minutes or until the cookies are a light pale yellow colour.
- Leave to cool completely, then serve.
- Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
- The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
- I baked my cookies for 15 minutes until they got a slightly pale golden colour, but if you want a lighter shade, you can take them out once they are starting to firm up after 10-12 minutes. They do firm up further once you take them out of the oven anyway.