Toasted Coconut Rum Shortbread Cookies | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Toasted Coconut Rum Shortbread Cookies

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and didn't do too much damage!  I had a house full of guests, which included overnight guests most of the weekend.   Made for a fun, but VERY BUSY holiday weekend for me.  Yesterday was all about cleaning up...the house and my diet!  So it goes....

Which might make you wonder why on earth I would be posting another decadent cookie recipe.  Well, the answer is, now that Thanksgiving is over, the heart of the baking season has arrived.  This variation of the Lemon Coconut Snowball Cookie was just too good not to share.  Don't worry, despite the name, there is no actual rum in it....just the flavoring.  But the combo of the rum flavor and the toasted coconut are a hit!  And remember how I mentioned how much I like working with this dough?  Yup...this one is a keeper for sure.

Once again, I am not going to supply any nutritional stats.  You can refer to the original posting of the Lemon Coconut Snowball Cookies to see that, as this variation would be very close.  You will find the info in the comments section at the bottom of the page, if you are interested.

This recipe starts off with whizzing some sweetened coconut in the food processor to make it into smaller strands.    ( so it fits on the top of the cookie a little better)    Then lightly toasting it.  You can do this by spreading your processed coconut onto a baking sheet and popping it into the oven and stirring every now and then, until it is a light golden brown.  I did this in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.  The coconut is not going to bake again, so just toast it to the degree of brown you desire.

Once the rum flavored shortbread cookie ball is baked and cooled, it  is then frosted with some rum flavored frosting and then finished with the toasted coconut.  So festive!

Toasted Coconut Rum Shortbread Cookies
adapted from Lemon Coconut Snowball Cookies

Yield:  approx. 2 1/2 doz. cookies

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, which has been pulsed in the food processor for about 20 seconds
1/4 tsp. salt
16 TBS. unsalted butter ( 2 sticks), cut into 16 1/2 inch pcs at cool room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. rum flavoring
2 TBS. ( 1 oz)  cream cheese, at room temperature ( I used reduced fat) 

For frosting and topping:
1 TBS. ( 1/2 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature  ( I used reduced fat)
1 tsp. rum flavoring or vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 - 2 TBS. milk ( enough to thin frosting out to spread easily ) 
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, pulsed in food processor, toasted in oven, and cooled

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle beater, mix flour, sugar and slat on low speed until combined.  With mixer running on low, drop in the butter one piece at a time slowly; and continue to mix until the mixture looks slightly wet and crumbly.  Add in the vanilla, rum flavor and the cream cheese and mix on low until he dough just comes together...and it magic! 

2.  With hands, roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  ( or one that has been sprayed with cooking spray, but I prefer parchment for my cooking baking)   Bake once batch at a time in oven until lightly browned, about 12 minutes.  Remove to wire rack and allow to cool to room temperature. 

3.  In the same bowl as the cookie dough was made, with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese until smooth.  Add in the confectioners sugar and choice of flavoring.  Slowly add milk to achieve a good spreading consistency.  

4.  Dip tops of cookies into frosting, or spread with a knife, and top with some toasted coconut.  Allow frosting to set before storing.  These cookies freeze well.  


I will be honest with you....I expect to be very busy the next couple of weeks leading up to Christmas with a big project I am involved with.  I am not certain how many recipes I will be able to publish, but will try my best to make it here and get one up at least once a week.  Once my life frees up a bit, I will be able to devote more time to this blog once again! 


  1. I love the list of ingredients on this cookie. I always try to make my grandmothers Thumbprint cookies at Christmas and they always make me remember her more.

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  3. One of the cookies that always remind me of Christmas is 7-layer bars. Not that they're particularly Christmas-y, but that's when we always had them when I was a kid :)

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  4. These are SO pretty! I love all things coconut. My favorite holiday cookies are the german spritz cookies. I'm not sure what I'm making for my cookie exchange yet!

  5. My fave cookie at Christmas time is one from my childhood that my bff's parents used to make. They were star-shaped sugar-like cookies with a delicious frosting and topped with nuts. They were the best things ever. I really need to get the recipe!!!

  6. I look forward to trying this dough. One cookie I make every year are my Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies-they don't look like thin mints, but they taste just like them, except soft and buttery. I understand being busy-thanks for warning us you might be MIA!

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  8. Favorite cookies are a toss up between Snowballs and Peanut Butter Candy Kissess! yum yum!

  9. I love cookies! My favorite this time of year is spicy gingerbread.

  10. I'm glad you had a great holiday, Renee! I just heard of someone making your veggie soup that I also made...they loved it. Hopefully you got the ping back to check out post. If not, let me know and I'll send it your way :)

    These looks look wonderful. I LOVE coconut! I think my favorite cookie this time of year is my Grannie's Potato Chip Cookies. Sounds ick, they're incredible!

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  12. Looks yummy! Reminds me of a lemon coconut cupcake I sampled the other day for Aaron's surprise birthday party.


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  15. My favorite would be my grandma's fig-filled rainbow-sprinkled glazed cookies. yumyumyum. :)

  16. I make iced pumpkin cookies every year, they are my husband's favorite! My favorite are candy bar cookies!

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  17. Hi Renee. Can't believe I missed this post. Recipe is bookmarked. Best wishes for the holiday season to you and your family!!!!!

  18. G'day! These look terrific Renee!!! On my list for the holidays!
    Cheers! Joanne

  19. Renee, I'm a huge cookie fan and I just love your rum shortbread cookie with toasted coconut. I'm definitely going to make these, we also luv coconut.


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