coconut butter thins


There was some confusion among the Tuesdays with Dorie group about this recipe. Are the cookies supposed to retain their shape as they’re baked, like a classic shortbread cookie? Or are they supposed to become thin, as the title implies, and wafery and lacy, as Dorie describes them? I think it’s clear what side of the debate I’m on…


The cookies are mixed like shortbread, with no eggs and no leavener. Coconut, macadamia nuts, and lime zest is added to give them a tropical flavor. The dough is rolled out in a ziploc bag, chilled, then cut into squares and baked.


The cookies go into the oven with a thickness of ¼-inch, and, for me, they came out substantially thinner. But, again, Dorie makes clear that there’s supposed to be a lot of room between the cookies on the sheet, and they are called Coconut Butter Thins, after all. If you’d like them to look more like a classic shortbread, I’d increase the baking temperature to 375F, decrease the baking time substantially, and freeze the dough before baking.


I increased the salt a bit, because I’ve found that I like my sweets saltier than Dorie. I also forgot to buy a lime (twice), so I just sprinkled in some lemon extract instead of using lime zest.


I thought they were pretty great. The edges were crispy and the center was tender.  The coconut flavor was subtle, but that and the nuts gave the cookie some depth.  Jayne has the recipe posted.

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  1. Great cookies, indeed!! Love the flavor combination AND the shape 🙂

  2. Mine didn’t retain their shape either, but they were just as tasty… so… didn’t lose sleep over it! lol

    Yours look fabulous, as well as your pictures that are always amazing.

  3. Nice photos! Looks like your cookies turned out perfectly! Glad you enjoyed them. They weren’t my favorite but the dough was yummy 🙂

  4. I didn’t read the P&Q until last night, but mine kept their shape no problem… I did refrigerate them overnight, not sure if that is what did it.
    I loved these! I am sure they tasted great no matter the shape. 🙂

  5. They look gorgeous! I love the combo of the crispy edges and the soft middles!

  6. Great looking cookies. I really loved this recipe and will make it again. They were perfect with tea!

  7. Your photos are beautiful! I loved these, too.

  8. Your cookies look wonderful. I loved these cookies.

  9. Mine were a little thicker like shortbread. They would have been delicious either way though. Your photos are beautiful!

  10. Perfect! We loved these cookies!

  11. Wow, yours spread even more than mine! I think I’d like lemon in these too, not just lime.

  12. I made mine with lemon zest and I loved them. Yours look terrific. :o)

  13. Those sound and look super tasty!

  14. Yours look delicate and airy and delicious. I like them thin but I also liked them thin and crispy and lacy. No matter what the shape, they were down right tasty.

  15. These look perfect, just like Dorie described them!