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Coconut-Pecan Shortbread

  • Yield: Makes 8 wedges
Coconut-Pecan Shortbread

Photography: Linda Pugliese

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2012


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup toasted sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Sift together flour and salt into a medium bowl. Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add sugar gradually, beating between additions; continue to beat until mixture is very pale, about 2 minutes total. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture; beat until just combined.

  2. Mix in coconut and pecans. Press dough evenly into a buttered 10-inch springform pan; refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes. Cut dough into 8 wedges. Evenly pierce all over with a skewer.

  3. Bake until shortbread is firm in center and golden brown, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; immediately recut wedges with a paring knife. Let cool completely in pan.

Reviews (1)

  • miggsy1812 24 Nov, 2012

    Tried it with unsweetened rather than sweetened coconut-- very tasty! A bit salty for my palate, so next time will try again with less salt. Portion size as instructed is a bit large, especially for Christmas treats. If I maybe use 2 smaller pans, I'm curious by how much I should reduce cooking time.

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