Coconut Macadamia Shortbread Coins


For the macadamia lover, chopped nuts are pressed into the tops of these shaped cookies prior to baking. Make the recipe ahead of time and freeze.

Macadamia-Coconut Shortbread Coins
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
38 mins


  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped

  • 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted

  • 2 cup cake flour

  • Chopped macadamia nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat on low speed until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in the 1 cup macadamia nuts and the coconut. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour (dough will be sticky).

  2. Using lightly floured hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet; flatten balls slightly. Lightly press additional chopped macadamia nuts onto the tops of cookies.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Makes about 32 cookies.

To Store:

Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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