ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

World's Best Coconut Shortbread Cookie

Updated on July 12, 2016
Buster Bucks profile image

Buster began cooking as a wee pup by watching his mother fix the kibble. He was hooked. He loves preparing—and writing about—food.

Incredibly Delicious Coconut Shortbread Cookies

The tastiest coconut cookie ever

I grew up in the Southern United States where coconut is used extensively in desserts. I always loved coconut cake and coconut pies.

But I wondered -- would it be possible to make a cookie loaded with coconut flavor? So I played around with possibilities. Simply adding coconut to the top of a cookie wasn't enough (though yummy) and after trial and error, came up with this recipe.

If you love coconut, you're going to flip for these cookies!

They're easy to make and the taste is, well, astonishing (if I do say so myself.) Whenever I've made them for a potluck or take a plateful to work, they're a huge hit.

Read on for all of the details.

The Ingredients

I love this cookie recipe because I always have the ingredients on hand in my kitchen.

You'll need:

1 cup of butter (2 sticks)

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of light brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups flour

2 cups flaked sweetened coconut

3/4 cup pecans, chopped

How to Make The Cookies

Cream the butter with your mixer until the butter becomes lightly colored.

Add in the sugars and salt, and beat until fluffy -- usually about three or four minutes.

Add in the vanilla extract.

Pour in one cup of flour, then beat on low speed of your mixer until fully blended. Add in the second cup of flour, and beat it on low speed until fully incorporated.

Pour in the two cups of coconut, and nuts (if using) and mix with a spoon until incorporated into the cookie dough.

Chilling Your Dough -- Why This Is The Most Important Part

This next part I'm about to describe is incredibly important. I've tried baking these cookies without doing the next step, and it was a mistake. (Yeah, they were good... but this recipe is for an *astonishing* cookie.)

After you make the dough, put it into a piece of saran wrap (or wax paper) and shape it into a log. Make sure the dough is fully covered by the plastic wrap, and chill it for at least two days.

I wish I could explain what happens, but I can't. The texture and the flavor of the cookies you make from this chilled (for several days) dough is a revelation. They will be the most incredible cookies you've ever eaten. I guarantee it.

You're probably thinking: but I don't have time to make cookies one night then not bake them for another couple of days. But... yes you can. You really can.

Can't wait for two days? I've also made them after chilling for 2 hours. They're excellent -- so go ahead and do them that way. But -- take my word for it -- if you can schedule your time to allow for the extra days, you'll be glad you did.

How To Bake the Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Remove the logs of dough from the fridge, then slice them into rounds about 1/3 inch thick.

Bake until they've become very lightly colored on top, usually about ten minutes.

The trick to great shortbread is to let them become just barely golden -- not brown -- so they'll retain that melt-in-your-mouth texture of the very best shortbreads.

Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about five minutes, then carefully remove them with a metal spatula to a towel-covered counter and come to room temperature.

That is, if you can wait! The aroma is incredible for these cookies... and they're delicious while warm (of course, what cookie isn't when it's fresh from the oven?)

Store in an airtight container for up to five days.



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • starstream profile image

      Dreamer at heart 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      I just bought some organic coconut oil and plan to make these cookies using some of it when my order arrives... These sound wonderful. We called this kind of chilled dough refrigerator cookies. Thanks!

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like the idea of adding coconut and pecans to shortbread and will try this when I make my shortbread for Christmas.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      These look lovely. Will try to they may get added to my Christmas cookie list this year. Yummy!

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      6 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Adele,

      Thanks! I made another batch this past weekend for a dinner party. After dinner, while we were sitting at the table, I sliced these cookies and baked them. Our guests loved eating coconut shortbread fresh from the oven with French Vanilla ice-cream.


    • profile image


      6 years ago

      adding it to my favorites list.

    • mkvealsh profile image


      7 years ago

      I have to make these for my DAD! He loves shortbread and coconut! A 2-in-1 hit!

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      7 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Lynn,

      Yes, coconut is fantastic! I hope you'll try them, this recipe makes a delicious cookie.

      Thanks for taking the time to write!

      Best regards,


    • profile image


      7 years ago

      You and I must be long lost relatives because I LOVE coconut too! Years ago when I made an almond joy cake to bring to a potluck, I didn't know so many people didn't like coconut, I assumed everyone did! I will try these soon...

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      7 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Thanks for the note Chabias -- I think you're going to love these cookies.

      Best regards,


    • chabias profile image


      7 years ago

      These sounds delicious! Going to pick up some coconut next shopping trip. Thanks for sharing, Buster!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)