Coconut Shortbread

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by JamesDeansGirl

I got this recipe from my sister-in-law. I usually make these around Christmas, but sometimes, when that unique coconut flavor comes craving, I indulge and make these buttery bars. My sister-in-law uses untoasted coconut, but my family prefers it toasted.

Top Review by Dorel

I am sorry but these did not have the flaky shortbread that I expected. I thought 2 2/3 cup coconut seemed like a lot so I weighed out 7 oz and it came to just over 2 cups so I went with that. They came out quite hard and I only baked them for 20 min. I won't make them again.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with foil or parchment paper extending over the pan's edges to form handles; grease foil.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla; blend well.
  4. Gradually blend in the flour on low speed until combined.
  5. Stir in the coconut by hand.
  6. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan with your fingertips.
  7. Pierce the dough with a fork at 1-inch intervals all the way through to the bottom of the pan.
  8. Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  10. Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen shortbread from the sides.
  11. Lift the "cookie" from the pan using the excess foil for handles.
  12. Cut the warm shortbread into shapes using your favorite cookie cutters.
  13. Cool completely.
  14. Dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with melted chocolate.
  15. Store cookies airtight.

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