These sweet Toasted Coconut Washboard Cookies are crisp on the outside, tender in the center, and dipped in white chocolate and coconut flakes for a year-round dessert.
Buttery Coconut Washboard Cookies
These coconut-dusted shortbread cookies get their name from their shape. The cookies are decorated like miniature washboards, which makes them as adorable as they are delicious. They’re flavored with shredded coconut, cinnamon, and a touch of almond extract.
These tender and buttery coconut cookies are a great dessert for entertaining any time of year. They have a tropical twist for summer, but the warming cinnamon and vanilla flavors make them fit in just as well at Christmas.
What You’ll Need
You don’t need any special ingredients for these Toasted Coconut Washboard Cookies! Here’s what you need:
- Shredded coconut – Use sweetened coconut to boost the sweet flavor of your treats.
- All–purpose flour – I like King Arthur flour.
- Baking powder – This leavens the cookies while they bake for their light texture.
- Cinnamon – For a touch of warming spice.
- Butter – Use unsalted, softened butter for the cookie dough.
- Brown sugar – Use well-packed light brown sugar for the right caramel flavor and color.
- Egg – To bind the dough and lighten the texture.
- Vanilla and almond extracts – For a sweet and nutty flavor.
- White chocolate – For dipping your cookies and adhering the toasted coconut!
How to Make Toasted Coconut Washboard Cookies
You’ll need a baking sheet, a mixing bowl, and an electric mixer to bring these simple coconut-white chocolate cookies together.
- Prepare for baking: Start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
- Toast the coconut: Spread the coconut out on a lined baking sheet. Toast for 8 to 10 minutes, until it’s golden brown.
- Combine the dry ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. I like to use a whisk to help the dry ingredients mix thoroughly.
- Make the cookie dough: In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together the softened butter and brown sugar until light in color. Add the egg and both extracts and continue to blend until you have a uniform texture. Lower the speed and slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer. Stir until just combined. You can leave a few streaks of flour, as the dough will get mixed more in the next step.
- Add the coconut: Reserve 1/2 cup of the toasted coconut for decorating the cookies. Fold the rest into the cookie dough.
- Roll and shape the cookies: Divide the cookie dough in half and shape each half into a thick rectangle. Roll one half between two sheets of wax or parchment paper into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 9 roughly equal rectangles. Use a fork to make lines down each cookie for the washboard design.
- Bake: Bake the cookies on the prepared baking sheet for 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown. Cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet set on a wire rack. Then transfer all of the cookies to the wire rack to cool completely.
- Decorate the coconut washboards: While the cookies cool, melt the white chocolate until totally smooth. When the cookies are cool, brush each cookie with white chocolate on one end. Then sprinkle with the reserved toasted coconut. Finally, let the washboard cookies cool until the chocolate is hardened.
Tips for Success
Here are a few pointers to make these cookies like a pro:
- Measure accurately. Use a kitchen scale to measure by weight if possible.
- Don’t burn the coconut. Keep a close eye on the coconut while toasting to avoid burning!
- Choose your favorite chocolate. If you like, you can swap the white chocolate for dark or milk chocolate.
- Don’t over-mix the dough. When mixing the cookie dough, avoid overworking the dough, which can make your cookies tough instead of tender.
- Chill the cookie dough, if needed. If your cookie dough is too warm to shape, put it in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.
- Use parchment paper. Using parchment paper on your baking sheet makes clean-up easier and helps keep your cookies from sticking.
How to Store Leftovers
Store leftover coconut washboard cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to one week.
Can I Freeze Coconut Cookies?
Yes. You can keep these cookies in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. Before serving, defrost the cookies for a few hours on the counter.
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