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Coconut-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

A luscious caramel filling joins pairs of rich shortbread treats. They take a little time to make but are well worth it. —Cathy Grubelnik, Raton, New Mexico
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + standing
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • FILLING:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in coconut and pecans. Divide dough into two portions. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a floured surface, roll each portion to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 1-in. round cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, bring sugar and water to a boil in a large heavy saucepan. Add corn syrup; cook until syrup turns golden, about 5 minutes (do not stir). Gradually stir in cream and butter.
  • Spread filling on the bottoms of half of the cookies, a scant 1/2 teaspoon on each; cover with remaining cookies. Let stand until set, about 2 hours.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich cookie: 99 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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