05 November 2013

Lemon Coconut Christmas Cookies

Happy Day 5 of Blogember! Today I'm sharing one of my favorite recipes and since I can't get Christmas out of my brain, we are going with a festive one! Although, there is no reason this absolutely has to be a strictly Christmas cookie. This recipe is from the Rachael Ray magazine and can be found HERE. We did things a little different when we made them, we used gold sparkling sugar and a star cookie cutter instead of a snowflake one. They are out of this world yummy. I will be making these again and again. I have a weakness for anything lemon and coconut. :)

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt 2 sticks plus 5 tbsp. (10.5 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp. coconut extract
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 tbsp. half-and-half
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice plus 2 tsp. lemon zest
White sparkling sugar, for decorating
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and 1/4 tsp. salt. Using an electric mixer, cream 11 tbsp. butter and the granulated sugar on medium-low speed until fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs and the extracts, scraping the bowl, for 2 minutes. Mix in the flour mixture in 2 batches on low speed. Divide the dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Using the wrap to help, shape the dough into 2 disks and seal. Chill for 2 hours. Meanwhile, using the mixer, beat the remaining 10 tbsp. butter, 1/2 tsp. salt, the confectioners’ sugar, half-and-half, lemon juice and lemon zest on low speed until smooth. Beat on high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Chill the filling. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 375°. Line 4 cookie sheets with parchment. Working with 1 dough disk at a time, roll out on a floured surface to 1/8 inch, rotating the dough as needed. Using a 2 1/2-inch cutter, cut out cookies. Divide the cookies among the pans, chilling the pans as you work. Sprinkle the cookies with the sparkling sugar. Bake 2 pans at a time, switching them halfway through cooking, until the edges brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a rack; let cool. Spread the bottom of 1 cookie with 1 tsp. of the filling. Sandwich with another cookie. Use your fingers to scoop and press the coconut onto the filling. Chill for about 30 minutes.


  1. Thanks for sharing! My sister and mom are both big bakers and always looking for new cookies to make for the holiday - time to share!

  2. Those cookies look fantastic! I'll have to think about making them for the holidays this year. Have pinned the recipe!

  3. Those look absolutely wonderful! I'm going to try to make those for Christmas! Yummy! :)

    Tessa (http://www.tessalovescharlotte.blogspot.com)

  4. These look amazing ! I think they just melt in mouth. :D
    Birthday Cookie Cutters

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