Friday, April 16, 2010

Cookie Carnival: Coconut and Orange Icebox Cookies

Wow... Cookie Carnival has been MIA from my blog for a while. I didn't think it had been that long, but apparantly my last CC post was in September. Yikes! I'm glad to be back, though!

Cookie Carnival has been through some changes lately. Kate of The Clean Plate Club had to step down as hostess of this group. Luckily, Tami of Tami's Kitchen Table Talk offered to take Kate's place and she took over the group.

This month's cookie was Coconut and Orange Icebox Cookies. I love coconut in any form and was excited to make this cookie.

The orange zest and coconut worked so well together. I really enjoyed these cookies. I did make a few changes, though.

First, I did not toast the coconut. Also, the cookies were supposed to be rolled in sugar and then half dipped in chocolate. I chose to sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar and skip the chocolate all together. I know, I know. I was shocked, too, that I turned down adding chocolate! But, I loved these cookies just the way they were!

Coconut and Orange Icebox Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons packed orange zest
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling cookies
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup toasted sweetened coconut
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
Heat oven to 350 degrees F and arrange a rack in the middle.

Combine the flour, zest, and salt in a large bowl and whisk until evenly combined.

Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat together butter and sugars over high speed until light and airy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy and the mixture looks like wet sand, about 2 more minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until just combined.

Reduce the speed to medium and add the flour mixture and coconut and beat until just evenly combined. Lay 2 large pieces of plastic wrap on a clean work surface and put half of the dough along the center of each piece. Shape the dough into 2 logs measuring about 1 1/2-inches in diameter and 10-inches long. Roll logs up in the plastic and secure tightly. Refrigerate the logs for 1 hour or up to several weeks.

Cut the logs into 1/2-inch slices. Roll the cookies in sugar to coat and shake off excess. Arrange on a baking sheet, leaving 1/2-inch between the cookies. Bake until set and golden on the edges, about 15 to 18 minutes. Remove to cooling racks to cool completely.

When cookies are cool, melt the chocolate in a small pan over medium-low heat until smooth. Dip half of each cookie into the chocolate, scrape off excess, and set on a cooling rack. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to set up before serving.


Shelby said...

These look yummy! Of course, there is coconut in them....I am going to love them! ;o)

The Mortensens said...

Cristine--I just saw your pick for TWD. I'm so excited you picked that tart. I've been eying it for a while now!

teresa said...

such a great combo, these look wonderful!

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Tami said...

What a pretty cookie! I'm so glad that you decided to come back to the Cookie Carnival! :)


Ingrid_3Bs said...

LOL, I'm probably one of the few people that agree leaving the chocolate off was the way to go.

Megan said...

I haven't done a cookie carnival in a long time either but these look pretty darn good!

Katrina said...

I just joined the Cookie Carnival this month. I've made the cookies, but haven't posted them yet. I liked the orange in them. And I really liked the ones I dipped in chocolate.

Julie said...

These sound so great, just right for spring :)

Candy said...

I've also missed the last couple of Cookie Carnivals but have made this month's cookies.

Your cookies look great! I ate a few without chocolate and thought they were delicious with or without it.

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