Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Did anyone watch “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” when it came out a couple weeks ago?  Did any “real” men watch it (and not watch it because your girlfriend made you)?

I ain’t ashamed to say that I wanted to watch this movie and actually went to see it.  It was corny, predictable, and thoroughly entertaining.  My friend Zach questioned where my nuts were gonna be when I went to go see this movie.  After I watched it, I told Zach I wanted him to give me my nuts back.  I don’t know why I got so much grief from him and others about wanting to see a chick flick.

On top of that, I actually had a girl question my manhood because I bake… WTF?  I’m not gonna go as far as saying that I’m a renaissance man but I bake and cook and dabble in photography and enjoy a good (and bad) romantic comedy every once in a while.  So what if I share this info with everyone on this site… it’s my site and if you think I’m any less of a real man for doing all these things, then don’t read it.

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Corny, predictable... and pretty much an awesome movie.

Maybe I need to be that asshole that every insecure girl tends to fall in love with.  Maybe not beat them but definitely shake the hell outta them every once in a while to show them that I’m a real man.  You know, degrade them and let them know they ain’t nothing without me instead of treat them like the princesses that I think they are.  Maybe then I’ll get some love?

You know what’s weird?  I got more love from girls when they didn’t know that I cooked and baked and was artsy fartsy.  When I walked around with all the piercings in my face and 30lbs of muscle heavier, they all thought I was this badass and gave me mad love.  But since I’ve been expressing myself through this site, I’ve somehow become “gay” because of all the things I do.  Sorry girls for killing your notion of who you thought I was… ps. you’re so vain, you probably think this post is about you.

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What’s funny is that ever since I’ve been posting my baking exploits, other dudes have been coming out the woodwork proclaiming their baking accomplishments as well.  Whether they started baking cause of me or came out of the baking closet because of me, I welcome it.  Go and get yo bake on!

Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Original recipe from Epicurious

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 1t sugar
  • 1 1/4 t coarse kosher salt
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until well blended.  Mix in salt and vanilla.  Beat in flour in 2 additions.  Stir in toasted coconut.  Gather dough together; divide in half.  Flatten each half into disk; wrap each in plastic and chill at least 1 hour. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead.  Keep chilled.  Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.)

Preheat oven to 325°F.  Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.  Roll out 1 dough disk on lightly floured work surface to scant 1/4-inch thickness.  Using 1 3/4- to 2-inch-diameter cookie cutters, cut dough into rounds.  Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart.  Gather dough scraps and reroll; cut out additional cookies.  Repeat procedure with remaining dough disk until all of dough is used.

Bake cookies until light golden, about 20 minutes.  Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes.  Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.  (Can be made ahead. Store airtight at room temperature up to 1 week.)

The original recipe calls for the coconut to be toasted but I skipped this step.  I also used sweetened coconut cause again, I’m a fatty. I found that rolling out the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness yields some very thin cookies.  The next time I bake these, I’m gonna roll the dough out to a 1/2-inch thickness and see if it yields a thicker cookie.  If you don’t have coarse kosher salt… GO BUY IT!  It makes all the difference in this cookie.

While baking, these cookies made my entire place smell like I was at a Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageant.  I wasn’t a fan of them when they first cooled off but the next day and the day after, these became one of my most favoritest cookies I’ve ever baked.  They’re great to nibble on or to use as a topping for ice cream as they have a really good crunch to them.  And I say nibble on instead of devour because all that’s in this cookie is basically butter and sugar!

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Phuong - I’m proud of you Quoc for being confident in your masculinity to not have to put on a front! I think it’s phony that ppl want to keep certain things limited to women, and others things limited to men. I think its so regressive that ppl would question your masculinity b/c you bake and watched a romantic comedy. I have some other comments in regards to gender typecasting, but i don’t even wanna go there. Good job for being true to yourself!

erin - so true, so true!! keep doin’ you….let all them dumb girls cry their eyes out when their “bad boys” break their hearts =)

Yee - Hahaha, I share some of your sentiments, Quoc. I find it interesting that despite our differences, we walk a smiliar path when it comes to food. I’ve been into being a foodie since 3rd year (your 2nd). Want to know why? Because my sister convinced me to lend a hand, bake some cookies, and score some brownie points with girls by taking all the credit for them. I still have some of the same motives I had back in ’00-’01. The compliments along the way just keep encouraging me. “I’ll think of you when I’m at the gym.” is one of my favorites (for a personal-sized tiramisu). Besides, Quoc, a good number of the famous names of the cooking pantheon are guys (although, that might be partly due to a male-dominant society). I’d like to see any girl out there try to make a tiramisu better than one of mine (aside from my sister…we’re about even with each other, but I think I might have a extra trick or two up my sleeve to stack the odds).

Justin - Shortbread cookies do not have a leveling agent in them so however thick you roll out the cookie is how thick the cookie will be after it is baked.

~From Justin’s Wife, Stephanie

Phuong - In response to Yee-Hsiung: The most famous names in the cooking pantheon is due the lack of crediting women. Much like the contributions women made in literature, music,and art history where their husbands, fathers or brothers took credit for their work. Funny that your sister mostly made the cookies but you took all the glory for them (but i know it’s cause she convinced you). When men cook, it’s glorified (in the professional kitchen or behind a grill), when women cook, it’s denigrated to housewifery (limited to inside the home). When you walk thru a supermarket aisle, you’ll find Mrs. Butterworth and Aunt Jemima wearing aprons (symbol of culinary domestication), but Wolfgang Puck is wearing a chef’s uniform (symbol of an culinary expertise). So no need to challenge a women in the culinary arts. That would be like replacing the glass ceiling with double-pane windows. Iron Chef just only recently put in some female competitors after how long???

Rebecca - OMG!! You are such a gem. You know my ‘rock n roll’ husband who jams out the bad ass tunes also sews, cooks, and generally loves arts and crafts! lol!! AND man oh man is that sexy!!!

yeahmanh - Go there…. cause I want to hear what you have to say…

yeahmanh - Yee… great to see you cook and bake too bro. I definitely don’t do it for any brownie points or for the girls.

Can’t remember the last time I got ass from giving a girl any of my baked goods… that’s like rolling up to the club in an expensive car and expecting to get laid… it just doesn’t happen.

I bake and cook cause it’s in my blood… my family owned a restaurant when I was growing up and can’t no one touch my moms in the kitchen!

yeahmanh - Sorry to say Yee but Phuong ripped you a new one… BUT!! I know you mean well!

yeahmanh - I’m a closet sewer and arts & crafter myself… which in this day and age means I am not fit to get married… girls want someone more “masculine”. I definitely wouldn’t mind being a house husband… I’d be damn good at it too. Why don’t you make the six figure salary and I stay home?!

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