Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Makes about 6 1/2 dozen

1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (about 3 ounces)

1 1/2 c. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp.
1 c. plus 1 T. sugar
1 1/4 t. coarse kosher salt
1 t. vanilla extract
2 2/3 c. all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325°. Spread coconut on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until coconut is light golden, stirring occasioanlly, about 8 minutes. Cool completely.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Mix in salt and vanilla. Beat in flour in 2 additions. Stir in toasted coconut. Gather dough together; divide in half. Flatten each half into disk; wrap each in plastic and chill at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 325°. LIne 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out 1 dough disk on lightly floured work surface to scant 1/4″ thickness. Using 1-3/4″ to 2″ diameter cookie cutters, cut dough into rounds. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets, spacing 1″ apart. Gather dough scraps and reroll; cut out additional cookies. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disk until all of dough is used.

Bake cookies until light golden, about 20 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.

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