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Author Notes: Coconut and Ginger make for a great combination. Make sure to use the unsweetened ("dessicated") coconut otherwise the shortbread will be too sweet. —Kat Suletzki
Makes 36-40 cookies
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons teaspoons ground ginger powder
- hearty pinch of salt
- 2 cups cups unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 12 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate
- Heat oven to 350F. While it is heating, toast 1 cup of the shredded coconut until lightly browned. Check and stir frequently as the coconut can go from blonde to burned in seconds. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, ginger powder and a pinch of salt. In the work bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Turn the mixer to a lower speed and slowly add the flour mixture and the now cooled toasted coconut (alternate) bit by bit just until a rough dough forms. Divide the dough into 2 and roll out into logs about 2 inch in diameter. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- When ready to make, preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat
- Slice the log into 1/4 inch slices and arrange on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the undersides just begin to brown. Cool on wire racks.
- Melt chocolate in a bowl over gently simmering water until just melted. Dip cookies halfway into the chocolate. Place onto wax paper lined cookie sheets and immediately sprinkle with a pinch of the reserved, non-toasted shredded coconut. Let dry until the chocolate has set.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Coconut