March 10, 2013

Coconut Cookies

It's has been a tough few days for our family as we had to put our dog, Timber, down Friday.  He was diagnosed with cancer on New Year's Eve.  For the most part he seemed OK since then, but this past week his health declined very quickly and we had to make a very heartbreaking decision.  I have never had to do that with any of my other dogs, so needless to say, it just wasn't easy.  However, it is a little comforting to know that he had a great life and now he is no longer suffering.  It's been a couple of days and I still can't get used to him not being here.  He's been in this house as long as we I guess it will take some time to get used to life around here without him.  He is greatly missed that's for sure!

I, like many people out there, turn to food for comfort.  So, since I've been on a coconut kick lately, I decided to make these amazing coconut cookies.  It's a Martha Stewart recipe, and I've had it in my pile of recipes to try for a long time.  These are very similar to Mexican Wedding Cakes, aka: pecan butter balls, except these have a tropical-like twist.  I loved these little balls of coconut!  My son said they taste like coconut donuts, but then again he's never had the pecan butter balls (I will have to make those someday).  I love them and am so glad I tried them.  This will definitely be added to my favorites pile and I see many more of these in my future.

Coconut Cookies (by Martha Stewart)

2 sticks butter
1/4 confectioner's sugar, + extra for dusting
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups coconut flakes, sweetened

Preheat oven to 350 and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.  In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar until light and fluffy.  Mix in flour and salt until just combined, then add the coconut and stir to incorporate.  

Roll dough into 1" balls and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the begin to brown.  Remove from oven and roll warm cookies in confectioner's sugar, then place on a wire rack to cool completely. 


  1. So so sorry about your old friend. We had to put our dog down a few months ago and it was agonizing. But as you say, the knowledge that we've given them a good life helped a lot.
    I love coconut, in fact I just posted a coconut milk yogurt today, and I would love to try one of these cookies. I'm going to pin them to my holiday cookie board, too!

  2. Thanks Sue, and I am sorry to hear you had to go thru the same thing not long ago. I hope you give these cookies a try and like them as much as we do!

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. My aunt went through something similar last week, and I know it's not easy.

    These cookies look delicious. I love Mexican Wedding Cookies, and these look like such a fun twist on them. Also, I'm new to your blog and just took a peek at some of your other posts. I have to say, I will definitely be returning! The recipes here look very do-able, and your pictures are gorgeous :D

    1. Thank you & my heart goes out to your aunt. I hope you enjoy some of the recipes here. Thanks for visiting & commenting!

  4. Oh wow, these sound absolutely fantastic. How perfect for Easter and spring!

    1. I agree - it would a great Easter treat! Thanks for stopping by ☺