When I chose my recipes for the 12 Days of Cookies, I tried to find a variety of flavors. Coconut was something I knew I wanted to include, so I searched the Taste of Home site and found these. I loved how simple the ingredients were, things that almost every baker would have in their pantry. I know I always seem to have a half a bag of coconut waiting to be made into something.
I'm not a big fan of handling food, so while I made a few of these in the traditional washboard shape, I scooped the rest with a cookie scoop and then pressed them with a floured glass before making the marks with the fork. Like many old fashioned cookies, these aren't overly sweet.
My son thought they needed a "little something" so I dipped them in melted chocolate and then sprinkled them with nonpareils. Now I know exactly what recipe to pull out when I find that coconut in the baking cabinet! Thanks so much to Tommie Sue S. for sharing the recipe!
* Exported from MasterCook *
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1/2 cup butter -- softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flaked coconut
In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add water and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets; flatten with fingers into 2-1/2-in. x 1-in. rectangles. Press lengthwise with a floured fork. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 9 dozen.
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