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Coconut Shortbread Cookies + Salted Caramel Buttercream

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These Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream are a delicious twist on a favourite holiday cookie – and they’re ready in just 25 minutes!

Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Get ready to be bombarded with holiday cheer everyone!!!

Today I’m bringing you a giant slew of Christmas cookies thanks to a cookie exchange I’m participating in with some of my favourite Canadian bloggers!

And can I just say that even though it’s 9:24 in the morning, I’m already munching on Christmas cookies?

It’s the newest trend in breakfast, okay!!!

Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream

These Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream are seriously the bomb.com!!!

I really didn’t know what to expect when developing the recipe for the first time to be honest.

I mean, baking ain’t always my thang. It’s more an exact science, and it can be such a time consuming process to get the perfect cookie. You have to test and retest multiple times to get it right, and you certainly don’t want anyone to recreate them, only to bring them to a holiday potluck and be embarrassed because you brought hockey pucks.

Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream

I swear, I’m really *not* speaking from personal experience. Hehe.

But despite my hesitation and love-hate relationship with baking, I really worked myself up into the Christmas spirit to put together a recipe that is TO DIE FOR. And I have had multiple testers for these Coconut Shortbread Cookies too. 😉

If you know anything about me at all, then you’ll know I’m obsessed with coconut and caramel combined as a flavour profile.

Seriously genius.

Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream

So while I really tried my hardest to put together a peppermint shortbread cookie given my obsession with candy canes this time of year, I just knew I had to really look deep down in my heart and figure out what my ultimate dessert combo was.

A little experimentation, a little toasting of some coconut here and mixing dulce de leche with buttercream there, and we have these genius shortbread cookie sandwiches.

And I just can’t deal.

I may even have some sitting out on my kitchen counter right now. I told you I wasn’t lying when I said I was eating cookies at nine in the morning…

Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream

And because I’m a piggyguts this time of year and need to gorge myself to death on sweets while it’s still acceptable *before those dreaded New Year’s resolutions come along*, I’m sharing some other delicious cookie recipes from my other favourite Canadian food bloggers for our very special Christmas cookie exchange

Get your fill below:

Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream

And seriously take notes you guys!!!

Which ones will you be recreating for the holidays?

Can I just say I want to make them all?!

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Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Icing Yum
Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
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Icing
Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream
Votes: 3
Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. In a small frying pan on med-high heat, toast coconut until brown and somewhat crispy, stirring constantly. Do not leave coconut unattended or it will quickly burn!
  3. In a large mixing bowl, blend together butter, coconut, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add in flour and salt and blend until it's the consistently of whipped cream.
  4. Roll into 1 tbsp balls and flatten slightly on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then bake for 15 min.
  5. Meanwhile, mix together dulce de leche, icing sugar and butter until well blended. Freeze until cookies are ready to come out of oven.
  6. When cookies are ready, pull them out and let them sit at least 30 minutes before icing. You can always enjoy cookies plain in the meantime of course 😉 Sandwich cookies in between layer of icing if desired and enjoy!

Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Will you be making these Coconut Shortbread Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream? If you try any of my recipes be sure to let me know on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or in the comments – I’d love to see what you come up with!

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Jo-Anna Rooney
    December 1, 2016 at 11:23

    Coconut and caramel together is heaven on Earth! These cookies look absolutely delicious! Happy Holidays!

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      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:29

      Thanks so much Jo-Anna! Happy holidays to you too!

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    The Finer Cookie/Kim
    December 1, 2016 at 15:14

    Coconut shortbreads have such great texture. It’s no wonder you’re eating them for breakfast. I would too. Definitely. They look delicious.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:29

      Hahaha thanks Kim! 🙂

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    vicky Chin
    December 1, 2016 at 15:19

    I can have cookies in the morning too ! Or anytime of the day especially with these ones, what a great round-up we had ! I love your pictures too ! Thanks for sharing !

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:30

      Thanks so much Vicky!!! I literally eat ALL the sweets on Christmas morning!

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    Amanda
    December 1, 2016 at 20:11

    What a super unique and fresh take on a classic holiday cookie! I am glad you went this route and had success in your recipe development process. I myself am on try # 7 of a baked good I am working on. I mean, my husband (and his coworkers) are not complaining, but it gets a bit nerve wracking sometime!

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      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:32

      Oh wow, you are SO dedicated Amanda!!! Can I come over and be your official tester? I promise, like your husband, I won’t complain! hahaha

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    Samantha | My Kitchen Love
    December 1, 2016 at 23:57

    These look awesome Taylor! I love the buttercream … as in I would probably slather each cookie individually with it to maximize my caramel buttercream experience 😉

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      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:33

      Hahaha thanks Samantha! Sometimes I do that with dulce de leche….omg, so good.

  • Reply
    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    December 2, 2016 at 10:21

    You and I are meant to be! I love nothing more than caramel sauce, but paired with shortbread?! Amazing! Great minds think alike 🙂

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:37

      Hahah oh yeah, I LOVED your recipe Kacey. I currently have your thumbprints on my to-make list in a couple weeks! 🙂

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    Rachel @ Bakerita
    December 2, 2016 at 12:05

    I’m swooning over these gorgeous cookies, Taylor! That salted caramel buttercream looks out of this world, especially paired with coconut shortbread. Yum!

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      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:38

      Thank you so much Rachel! That means a lot coming from you, the queen of baking!!!

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    Evelyne CulturEatz
    December 2, 2016 at 15:01

    I fully approve your cookies 2 thiumbs up Taylor! They look amazing. Adding toasted coconut to shortbread is fab! And that salted caramel buttercream, I want to lick thhose drops that are about to run down the cookie. Too new breakfast foods! PS I knwo I am over due to answer on FB will soon 🙂

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      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:39

      Hahaha thanks Evelyne!!! I just look at it like we are writing each other digital letters. They are just sometimes delayed in being delivered 😉

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    Diana L.
    December 3, 2016 at 18:57

    LOL… we all have bad days in the kitchen. Trust me. Baking was my first love and there’s some days I just admit defeat. Love that you made a salted caramel buttercream… oh the possibilities. Including eating it straight out of the bowl with a spoon.

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      Taylor Stinson
      December 7, 2016 at 11:41

      Hahahah totally agreed Diana – there was a point I had to stop myself and just put it into a container and out of sight. Bad days in the kitchen never involve overeating though…LOL

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