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Coconut-Pecan Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Coconut-Pecan Shortbread Cookies Recipe

A luscious caramel filling joins pairs of rich shortbread treats. They take a little time to make but are well worth it. —Cathy Grubelnik, Raton, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + standing YIELD:45 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in coconut and pecans. Divide dough into two portions. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • 2. On a floured surface, roll each portion to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 1-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. Meanwhile, for filling, in a large heavy saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Add corn syrup; cook until syrup turns golden, about 5 minutes (do not stir). Gradually stir in cream and butter.
  • 4. Spread a scant 1/2 teaspoon caramel filling on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Let stand for 2 hours or until set. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 94 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Coconut-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

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mcfeldpa User ID: 7110742 102426
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"I could not get the dough to stick together in order to be able to roll it out. Therefore, I proceeded to try to put it into a cookie dough scoop. They were crumbly. They tasted good, though."

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