Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Coconut Snowflakes

So these were on my list of Christmas treats to make and I just never got around to them. I made them for Christmas 2007 and really liked them, so when I recently found some extra coconut in my pantry, I decided that these were the perfect fit!

The original recipe calls for these to be made into sandwiches with vanilla filling, which would be nice if you were making these for a special occasion; but I think keeping these as individual cookies is just fine for hanging around in the cookie jar. These cookies have a delicious buttery, sugary taste to them, all with a perfect amount of coconut in each bite. I just had one with breakfast!

Coconut Snowflakes
adapted from Everyday Food
Makes about 36 cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut (about 6 ounces)
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, with racks set in upper and lower thirds. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In food processor (or in a mini-chopper, working in batches), pulse coconut until coarsely ground.

Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour and coconut in batches, mix on low until just combined.

Drop dough (using a tablespoons or medium-sized cookie scooper) onto baking sheets, 1 to 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly golden around edges, 10-12 minutes, rotating sheets between racks halfway through baking time.

Let cookies rest 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Anonymous said...

I loooove coconut! these look great!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Looks like a great recipe and a great way to use coconut!

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks delicious!

Sara said...

These look really good - I love everyday food, they have the best recipes.

Anonymous said...

Delicious! Had two for dessert!

Maria said...

I love coconut! The snowflakes are looking GOOD to me!

Donna-FFW said...

Everyday Food is one of my favrite magazines. I have been eyeballing these, glad to know they are so good. Look delicious!