Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Coconut Butter Thins (TWD)

This week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is Coconut Butter Thins. The foundation of this cookie is a shortbread dough, which is embellished with coconut, macadamia, and lime zest. These components are not necessarily in my top 10 list of favorite ingredients/flavors, and I confess that I wasn't excited about making these cookies.
The instructions for this cookie are pretty straightforward, and for the most part I followed the recipe as written. My only minor adjustment was finely grinding the coconut along with the macadamias.

In the book, Dorie Greenspan describes these cookies as wafery and lacey. Even with that knowledge, I was surprised that my cookie dough squares spread like crazy in the oven! Either the spreading is intended, or else the overnight rest in the fridge and freezing the cut cookie dough didn't help the cookies retain its shape. Now, I'm curious to see how everyone else's cookies turned out.
So much for how they look...more importantly, how do they taste? After taking one bite of this cookie, I realized that I should keep an open mind --- these cookies are unbelievably flavorful and delicious!!!! The texture is a perfect balance of crispy and tender, and the coconut, macadamia and lime flavors are really wonderful together (I think next time I will increase the amount of lime zest --- loved the flavor). I will say that this gem is one of my favorite TWD recipes to date (and that's saying something, as the group has made some pretty terrific treats).

Thanks Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch for selecting this divine cookie! If you want to make this delicious cookie yourself, head over to Jayne's blog for the recipe. For more delicious cookies, check out the TWD blogroll.

37 comments:

Julie said...

I wasn't very convinced myself, but I agree with you, they are worth a trying. I love the way your cookies look, so delicate and crispy!

Isabelle said...

wow ! ils sont super fins ! on dirait presque des tuiles !
c'est super réussi :)

Marthe said...

This is an amazing cookie, I really loved it too!!

farah said...

I agree, these are fantastic! I really liked these.
Mine spread a lot too and i do wish they held their shape a little better. So glad you liked it :)

The Food Librarian said...

Wow! You put the THIN in Coconut Butter Thins. I love how delicate yours are!!! Great job!

vibi said...

Hey! Coconut butter chips! lol

The thinest of the thinest! For sure, with you they wear their name very well! Thinly beautiful, Linda! LOL

steph- whisk/spoon said...

they look so delicate and nice! i agree--these were so good, and i would have totally skipped them over if not for this.

chocolatechic said...

Mine don't look a thing like yours.


I like yours better.

Banjo said...

Oh don't they look lovely, I'm just going to have to try it again! Blrgh!!!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Your photos rock, and your cookies actually look like coconut butter thins - nicely done. Your fellow corporate serf better stop reading about TWD and head to work!

hrgottlieb said...

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Ingrid said...

I'm not cookie baker but after reading everyone's comments I need to start my cookie baking with this one.

As usual your photos do the recipe justice!
~ingrid

SiHaN said...

i wasn't too convinced when mine first plopped out of the oven. But that unbelievable smell was just undeniable. Yours do look really lacy and fragile!

Amy said...

Oh wow, those look seriously amazing! I love how thin they are!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Leslie said...

I totally agree with you, these are delicious! I didn't know what to expect and am so glad I made them.

mike said...

LOVE the thinness! I was afraid they would spread if they got too thin, but yours look wonderful! You really captured the lacy look to them. Nicely done!

Rachel said...

Yours are so thin and pretty! Mine turned out like more of a shortbread--I might have to try again....

Pamela said...

Those are some of the nicest pictures I've seen! Your crisps look lovely.

Flourchild said...

Wow your came out so crisp and thin..love them! I really liked this recipe.

Tammy said...

I made mine a bit thickern which I preferred, they do taste great though!

Liz said...

Yours look like what I was expecting to get! If a cookie is called a "thin," I want it to be thin! Yours look so delicate and pretty.

Beryl said...

I love your pictures. Glad you ended up liking these. I liked them a little too much and made my husband take them to work with him. Phew, crisis averted!

Tracey said...

Gorgeous! I love your photos and the shape of your cookies.

Carol Peterman said...

These are the first lacey thin cookies I have seen. Mine are fat little shortbreads, that were delicious, but the thin lacey structure looks even more delightful. I have no idea why mine didn't spread. Don't you love being surprised by a recipe you didn't expect to love? That is one of the best things about baking with this group.

Jess said...

So glad you liked them - yours are beautifully lacy.

Teanna said...

They are so delicious and yours look gorgeous! I like that you ground the coconut as well!

leanne said...

I had no idea that these cookies would be so delightful either. But I am so glad I made them!

Erin said...

Your's are perfectly lacy!

Kim said...

Your cookies look great. I felt the same way when I first read the recipe but I was hooked after the first bite. Thanks for the nice comment.

Jacque said...

I'm with you, I wasn't really expecting to like these as much as I did.

I like how yours did turn out thin... they look delish!

Karen said...

I always like a nice surprise when making something new!

Babette said...

I love the way yours look!!! I wanted mine to look like that...that is lacy and delicate...Guess I'll just have to make them again (and again and again..)

TeaLady said...

Those look so airy and delicious. Great job.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love these cookies too! I adore your last photo...the pattern is perfect!

Maggie said...

Your thins look perfect! I have to give this recipe a try.

SUGAR B said...

Wow, I love how well you thinned them out! I was doing the same thing with mine.

Afterall, they are called "thins", right?

Fab job!

Aaron said...

Loved this recipe, and will add it to my "Best macadamia Nut Recipes" blog over at Squidoo! I Used Hawaii macadamia nuts for this recipe. I get mine from www.maunakeagold.com. In my opinion, Hawaii produces the best Mac Nuts!

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