My daughter, Alyson, never lets me forget that she needs Keebler Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies during the month of August. After all, this is what I lived on in the last two days of my pregnancy with her. Okay, that was 15 years ago! This year I decided to change up on the tradition. Change can be good…Especially when it involves coconut, butter & dark chocolate ganache!
Coconut Sandwich Cookies
Makes 2 dozen 2” cookies or 1 dozen finished sandwich cookies
1 cup toasted coconut, ground**
1 ½ cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter(cold, cut into pieces)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Ganache Filling
4 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
**Toast 1 ½ cups sweetened coconut (375 degrees for 8-10 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool. Use food processor to grind to a coarse consistency**
In a food processor, combine flour, coconut, sugar and salt – pulse to incorporate. Add butter and process until the mixture is crumbly. Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Remove from food processor, shape dough into disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill until firm, or for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove dough from plastic wrap and roll between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Roll to ¼ inch thickness. Keep dough between parchment paper and return to refrigerator for 10 minutes. Remove top sheet of paper and cut dough with a 2” round cutter. Place rounds 1 inch apart on pan prepared with parchment paper or Silpat baking mat. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool in baking sheet for 3 minutes and transfer cookies to wire rack. Repeat process with remaining dough scraps.
Chocolate Ganache Filling: Combine chocolate, butter & vanilla in a bowl. In a saucepan, heat heavy whipping cream until simmering. Pour over chocolate mixture and stir until smooth and shiny. Set-aside until ready to use. If you refrigerate this mixture, allow for it to come to room temperature before using.
Once cookies are completely cooled, assemble sandwiches using 1 teaspoon of chocolate ganache filling for each. For easy assembly, use disposable pastry bag or Ziploc bag to pipe chocolate.
Congrats on your first post!
These look fantastic. I bet they taste good too!!!
Thanks for sharing the recipe. I look forward to making this delight treat an August tradition too.
Your daughter is one lucky girl! My favorite flavors are all wrapped up in that one cookie.
The Procrastobaker says
These look deeeeelicious, I am 100% going to try this recipe. If theres one thing i cannot resist its toasted coconut and ive been on the hunt for a good coconut cookie for a while, will let you know how it turns out!