Shortbread With Coconut Curls Recipe

To offer these cookies as a gift, place two or three cookies in a silicone baking cup, then in a lovely gift box.

1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup caster sugar or granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Scant 2 cups sifted flour
4 oz. white chocolate
Sweetened shredded coconut


Step 1: Cream together butter, sugar and salt in an electric mixer until thoroughly combined and fluffy.

Step 2: Add flour until dough forms. Dough will be crumbly. Try not to overwork or shortbread will be tough. Divide dough in half and wrap in plastic. Chill at least 1 hour.

Step 3: Roll out dough to 1/4" to 1/8" thickness. By hand or with cookie cutter, cut into rectangles approximately 1" x 2". Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350°F for about 9 minutes or until firm to the touch. Cool on rack. 

Step 4: Chop up white chocolate and melt in microwave on high power for 20 seconds at a time. Stir until smooth. Dip one half of each cookie into melted chocolate, then into coconut. Allow to dry on rack.

Michael Graydon