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Coconut Slice & Bake Cookies

 Coconut Slice & Bake Cookies
Tinting flaky white coconut reminds me of snowflakes falling under holiday lights. The reds and greens add colorful Christmas wonder. — Lee Roberts, Racine, Wisconsin
54 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 cups flaked coconut, divided
  • 15 drops red food coloring
  • 10 drops green food coloring

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy;
  • gradually beat in flour. Stir in 1 cup coconut. Divide dough in
  • half; shape each into a 7-in.-long roll.
  • Place 1 cup coconut into each of two large resealable plastic bags.
  • Add red food coloring to one bag; seal bag and shake to tint
  • coconut. Repeat with remaining coconut and green coloring. Roll one
  • log in red coconut; roll remaining log in green coconut. Wrap logs
  • separately in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  • Cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on
  • ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 12-14 minutes or until
  • bottoms are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.