Coconut Shortbread Cookies
For these Coconut Shortbread Cookies, buttery shortbread dough is made from scratch, baked until crisp, then half-dipped in dark chocolate and toasted coconut for a delicious treat.
Shortbread has always been in my top 3 favorite cookies. Its simplicity lets the butter flavor truly shine, and the crunch of shortbread is irresistible.
Shortbread is perfect plain, but it takes to other flavors very well too.
My absolute favorite Shortbread Cookie Recipe lets the natural dairy sweetness truly shine, and is more about the round swirl shape and texture (they look like the ones you buy in blue tins at Christmas).
When I want to go flavored, this Lavender Shortbread is one of my favorite renditions, or even shortbread with orange zest.
Then when I want to go the chocolate route, that’s where today’s post comes in.
For this recipe, shortbread is dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with toasted coconut for a very classic flavor combination.
They’re great to make for yourself, or even to make for family, friends, neighbors, or loved ones who are far away. They ship and store very well, making them a great edible gift.
One thing I want to say about this recipe is it’s very important to toast the coconut if you add it.
Raw coconut and toasted coconut are two completely different ingredients. Raw coconut has a chewy, tough texture to it, where toasted coconut has a very light crunch and a natural caramelized sweetness. It’s perfect with this buttery shortbread as the base.
How to Make Coconut Shortbread Cookies:
To get started, make your simple shortbread dough by creaming together butter and sugar and adding salt and almond extract. Add flour to make a crumbly dough:
As always with shortbread, the dough will look like a crumbly pile of rubble, but you should be able to press it into a smooth rectangle pretty easily:
Let the shortbread chill for an hour or two, and in the meantime make your toasted coconut in the oven. You just bake it until it turns a gorgeous golden brown color:
Roll your shortbread dough out on a floured surface and cut out your desired cookie shapes. This time I couldn’t decide between circles and cookie spoons, so I made both!
Once the cookies have baked, let them cool completely and dip in melted chocolate:
Then sprinkle the cookies with the toasted coconut before the chocolate hardens:
Let the chocolate firm at room temperature or accelerate the process by putting the cookies in the fridge.
The cookies will keep for a couple weeks at room temperature in an airtight container. Enjoy!
More Cookies You’ll Love:
- Butter Swirl Shortbread Cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Snowball Cookies
- Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Coconut Shortbread Cookies
- 12 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 7.5 oz by weight all purpose flour (1.5 cups measured)
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 2 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips melted
- Either in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a bowl with a hand mixer, whip the butter on medium speed for about 30 seconds to spread it around the bowl.
- With the mixer still on medium, add the sugar. Cream the butter and sugar together for 30-60 seconds on medium, until the two have been combined.
- Briefly mix in the sea salt and almond extract.
- Add the flour all at once and take care to only mix the flour with the wet ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to overmix. The dough will be crumbly and that’s fine.
- Dump the crumbly shortbread out onto a big piece of plastic wrap and shape it into a rectangle. It should clump together smoothly.
- Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour, but two is better if you have the time.
- After the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Once preheated, place the coconut on a sheet pan and place it in the oven, giving the coconut a stir every 5 minutes or so. The coconut can take between 5 and 15 minutes to take on color, and it’s ready to be removed from the oven when it’s a golden brown color.
- Lightly flour your countertop and roll the chilled shortbread out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and place the cutouts on a baking sheet.
- Bake the cookies for 13-17 minutes, depending on how brown you like your shortbread. My husband likes soft shortbread with no color (13 minutes), and I like the shortbread golden brown and crisp (17 minutes).
- Let the cookies cool completely, then dip half the cookie in the chocolate and sprinkle it with the toasted coconut. Let the chocolate harden and enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
Post updated in August 2018 with updated photos, writing, and tips. Originally published July 2013.
31 Comments on “Coconut Shortbread Cookies”
Hi, I was looking through all of your shortbread recipes and noticed that most called for granulated sugar whilst one called for powdered sugar. Is there a difference as to why powder and not granulated. Can I use powdered sugar for all the shortbread recipes you have or will it change the outcome?
These look delicious, please could you give me the quantity of butter in grams! Thanks
Love these cookies Joanne! Toasted coconut is just SO yummy!
These are fabulous! Coconut is so awesome.
Hi Joanne! I found that my dough was not as crumbly as I expected it to be, except it did keep coming apart as I tried to roll it out…Is this a problem? My cookies are in the oven RIGHT NOW so hopefully they turn out. What is the purpose in refrigerating the dough if it needs to be a bit warmer to be able to roll out and cut out? Thanks!
Hi Kelsi, was everything well floured? Sometimes if it doesn’t slide easily on a floured surface it can have trouble rolling out. Regarding the butter, butter is an emulsion of fat and water, and once it gets too warm, the emulsion breaks and you can’t get it back. There’s a sweet spot in recipes like this, and it’s between completely refrigerated and room temperature…probably around 50 or so.
Wow, these look SOOOO good!!! I love both shortbread and coconut, so these look like heaven!! Thanks for the recipe!
You can never have too much toasted coconut! Love the cookie spoons!