Lemon and coconut add a new twist to the traditional wedding cookie. Don't be shy when rolling these in powdered sugar—the more powdered sugar, the bigger the snowball!
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
How to Make It
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and extracts, beating well. Add flour, lemon rind, and salt, beating until combined. Stir in coconut. Cover and chill dough 30 minutes.
Shape dough into generous 1" balls; place 1" apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden on bottom, but pale on top. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool 5 minutes.
Place 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar in a bowl, and roll warm cookies in powdered sugar, coating well. Cool cookies completely on wire racks. Roll cooled cookies in powdered sugar again, coating well.
At first, I wasn't so sure about these cookies. The dough was really, really dry and I thought no way will these come out ok. They also looked really ugly before being doubled rolled in powdered sugar. Resist the temptation to adjust the recipe and follow through with the plan! After these cooled completely, there were delicious and I couldn't stop eating them! The final product also looked really pretty.
Good cookie. I couldn't find coconut extract though, and so used lemon. That makes it a bit too lemony. But this is not a super sweet cookie, despite all that powedered sugar. I saw a comment about them burning. You really have to take these out when they are just barely golden on the bottom. They are done. No worries.
Honestly... It looks great but I didn't make it because I'm allergic to coconut. Will the texture change too much if skip the cup of coconut? If so, can I substitute something? I'm a complete novice... so HELP!
I made these exactly as the recipe is written. I did not change a thing. First batch came out burnt on the bottom.....severely burnt on bottom. Second batch, I turned down the oven to 300 degrees, watched them and they still were dark on the bottom before the tops even began to brown. Third batch, turned the oven off, let it cool a bit and then put the cookies in the oven. Watched them like a hawk and finally got a decent batch. Cookies crumble too much though....is the recipe missing some liquid? Think I'll find another snowball recipe and try it next time.