Coconut Butter Thins


I have to admit – when I saw that these Coconut Butter Thins were the next Tuesdays With Dorie selection, I was pretty apathetic. I wasn’t overly excited about them, but I wasn’t disappointed either. Well, I want to thank Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch for such a fabulous pick! These cookies completely exceeded every expectation I had for them. It didn’t take me very long to realize that I was going to absolutely adore the cookies – as soon as the dough was mixed up I had to practice some serious restraint. I came thisclose to not baking the cookies and just eating the raw dough instead. While I still don’t think that would be a bad idea at all, I’m glad my good sense dominated because these are definitely one of the best and most unique cookies I have had in a very long time.


I wasn’t sure what to expect from the combination of ingredients, and I did make a number of omissions and substitutions, but the end result is what I would consider a fancy butter or shortbread cookie that would be perfect for a holiday, bridal shower, or any special occasion where you feel you need to go a step above chocolate chip cookies.

My cookies were rolled about a bit thicker than the ¼-inch called for in the recipe and they still did some spreading out. Once out of the oven I couldn’t see the fork impressions, but I tend to think that this is the type of cookie that Dorie was going for since they are called “thins”. Mine were fabulously chewy, buttery, and rich, with the coconut adding a great texture.

I omitted the coriander because I didn’t have any and since the recipe only called for a “pinch” I didn’t feel that the cookies were in dire need of a substitute. In an effort to use what I already had in my kitchen and eliminate a trip to the grocery store, I used lemon zest in place of lime, and chopped raw almonds in place of the macadamia nuts. As soon as I tasted the dough, I knew that the combination of lemon, coconut, and almonds would be a winner. The individual flavors were subtle enough to complement each other, not overpower, and bring out the bright, rich flavor that the cookie as a whole has to offer.

Ready for the oven

Source: Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, page 145.

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27 Responses to “Coconut Butter Thins”

  1. Tracey on March 31, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Your cookies look great! I think I liked the cookie dough more than the cookies themselves.


  2. Michelle on March 31, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Perfect lookin cookies..I agree with you very good cookies..the best!


  3. Jenny on March 31, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Those sound like something my hubby would LOVE!!


  4. Meghan on March 31, 2009 at 11:26 am

    These cookies look delicious! I especially like that they’re chewy. I LOVE coconut, and I’m sure the addition of the lemon zest enhanced the flavors.


  5. Hornedfroggy of My Baking Heart on March 31, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    MMM!!! Your pics are great, Chelle! I’d love to try them with lemon and almonds next time…


  6. Teanna on March 31, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    So glad you ended up liking them! They look so delicious!


  7. Mary on March 31, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Glad you ended up liking them. I liked them a lot too.


  8. H2OHeather on March 31, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I loved the dough! Your cookies look great.


  9. Mermaid Sweets on March 31, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Yours turned out great. That’s why I love TWD, I wouldn’t have made these either – but the reviews from work were great.


  10. chocolatechic on March 31, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Coriander? I thought it was cardamom…



  11. Brez on March 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I would have a hard time making this because all the dough would be eaten before it hits the oven.


  12. Jin on March 31, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I ate half of my dough before i bake them .. D’oh!!! your cookies look great, well done !!


  13. roo107 on March 31, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    They look absolutely yummy!!! I would have eaten the dough 🙂


  14. Margaret on March 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    The dough was good (and safe….) I used chai spice and cashews in mine and the came out just fine. Yours look great.


  15. Katrina on March 31, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Love your pictures. The cookies look great! Makes me want to go sneak a few out of the freezer that I stuck in there!


  16. Linda @ tender crumb on March 31, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I love your gorgeous close-ups of the cookie — it totally shows off their wonderful texture. I also was a reluctant participant this week, and boy am I glad I made these!


  17. Elyse on April 1, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Wow, you know a cookie’s good when you contemplate not baking the actual cookies and just sitting down with the bowl and your fingers as utensils. Sounds totally up my alley, by the way. Your cookies turned out fabulously, and I’m definitely going to have to make them after your rave reviews!


  18. Amanda Formaro on April 1, 2009 at 10:23 am

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


  19. stephchows on April 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Hmmm interesting! Gotta love coconut though!


  20. Caitlin on April 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I like how knobbly the cookies look from the nuts and coconut 🙂 Glad they exceeded your expectations!


  21. Beth on April 2, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Yours look great!


  22. Nicole on April 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Sounds like a sort of kicked up version of the Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes! Looks delicious.


  23. Hayley on April 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    These look great! I love all of your pictures. Thanks for sharing!


  24. Denise on April 2, 2013 at 9:44 am

    These cookies are delicious! Very easy to make and wonderfully crisp and buttery. The only thing I might do differently is to cut them into smaller rectangles as they do spread quite a bit – and I might try lavender and lemon next time.


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