Tuesdays With Dorie: Coconut Butter Thins

March 31, 2009

I like how Dorie thinks. She suggests serving Coconut Butter Thins as an after-dessert dessert. Now, I thought I had invented the after-dessert dessert. Apparently I didn’t, but that’s OK. I appreciate the validation. Thanks go to Jayne of the Barefoot Kitchen Witch for selecting this week’s recipe. Check Jayne’s blog for the recipe or look on page 145 of Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. The recipes are good, but the stories that go with them are the true treasure of the book. I think the other Tuesdays With Dorie bakers would agree.


What I did: I cut the recipe in half. I looked online for coriander substitutes and the consensus seemed to be to skip it because there is no substitute, so I skipped it. I threw in a pinch of cardamom because I like it. I used unsalted macadamia nuts; Dorie says not to be afraid of using salted nuts in this recipe. I wasn’t afraid! Really! But unsalted is what I found at the store, so that’s what I used.

How it went: This was another easy one to put together. It’s much like making a shortbread, but with lime zest, coconut, and chopped macadamias added in. The one ingredient I found odd was cornstarch; I can’t recall ever making a cookie recipe that called for cornstarch. After mixing, the dough is rolled inside a plastic bag. Oh how I loved this! No sticking, no mess, just roll and toss it in the fridge.

Fast forward a couple of hours and the dough came out of the fridge. This was a half batch, so I needed to cut it into 16 pieces. No problem – cut it in half then in quarters then cut each quarter into quarters. Well I’m not so good at eyeballing halves and quarters, so my pieces were not all the same size. They were supposed to be 2 inches apart on the baking sheet but I didn’t have quite enough room for that. No problem, I thought, shortbread doesn’t spread much. Well this shortbread did! It puffed and spread and didn’t look too attractive upon coming out of the oven. I think maybe I would have had a better result if I’d kept the dough in the refrigerator overnight to thoroughly chill the butter. So they weren’t the most attractive cookies ever, but they seemed to come out fine.

How it tasted: Great! I’m a big fan of shortbread and usually make it plain. This version with the hint of lime, crunch of nuts, and chew of coconut was a great variation on the basic cookie. I liked them, my husband liked them, we were happy.

Would I make this again?: Yes. Next time I’ll chill the dough longer. I also thought it might be worth a try to roll the dough into balls (or use a cookie scoop) and press them flat. Salted nuts would be a good option to try. Also maybe no nuts. Perhaps a limey glaze on top. How many more batches do I need to make to try all of these possibilities?

Hello TWD Bakers! I won’t be getting around to your blogs this week to see how you did with the cookies and I won’t be able to make the Banana Cream Pie next week, but then I’ll be back for all the great chocolate recipes for the rest of the month!


  1. The cookies look great! Nice job. Have a good week and we will see you soon.

  2. You did a very nice job!
    My mom made these one cookies growing up called Melting Moments and they had cornstarch in them. Had I not had those as a kid I would’ve thought it was strange to use cornstarch too. 🙂

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed those, but sorry you won’t be there for a while…

    Beautiful cookies even though… and what a crazy good lookin’ plate they’re on!

  4. I think yours look great! The cornstarch makes them crisper. We’ll look forward to your return for all the chocolate picks.

  5. Great looking cookies. This recipe was the bomb!

  6. They look great! I can totally get used to the idea of having after-dessert dessert!

  7. Your cookies look great! I refrigerated my dough overnight and they still spread, so who knows why some spread and some didn’t…. 🙂

  8. Your cookies look fantastic. I think this is fussy dough, there have been a lot of different variations.

  9. Your cookies look great! See you in two weeks!

  10. Well they look gorgeous! I liked these cookies more than I thought I would. I keep nibbling at them LOL

  11. those look perfect to me. Great job.

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