Brown Sugar Masa Shortbread

Brown Sugar Masa ShortbreadRecipe
James Carrier
Prep and Cook Time: about 1 1/4 hours. Notes: Masa flour (available in well-stocked supermarkets) and coconut give these buttery wedges an earthy flavor and texture. Store them airtight for up to 1 week.


Makes 24 cookies

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Nutritional Information

Calories 155
Caloriesfromfat 49 %
Protein 1.1 g
Fat 8.4 g
Satfat 5.2 g
Carbohydrate 19 g
Fiber 0.6 g
Sodium 86 mg
Cholesterol 21 mg


1/2 cup sweetened shredded dried coconut
1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dehydrated masa flour (corn tortilla flour; see notes)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. In a food processor, whirl coconut until finely ground. Then add butter, brown sugar, vanilla, all-purpose flour, and masa flour and whirl together until smooth. Or, mince coconut with a knife. Then, in a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth; stir in coconut, all-purpose flour and masa flour until mixture is no longer crumbly and starts to come together in a ball.

2. Press dough evenly into two 9-inch round pans with removable rims. Press edges of dough with fork tines to make a ridge pattern. Then, with fork tines, pierce dough all over in parallel lines 1 inch apart.

3. Bake shortbread in a 300° oven until firm to touch and slightly darker brown, about 45 minutes. In a small bowl, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over hot shortbread. Let cool 10 minutes.

4. Remove pan rims from warm shortbread. Cut each round into 12 wedges. Cool completely on pan bottoms on racks.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.