Nibby Coconut-orange Apricot Cookies


Inspired by 2 recipes, one for Bon Appetit's Coconut-Orange Snowballs and one for Scharffenberger's Apricot Hazelnut Squares - both fantastic cookies. Icombined the two for a pretty darn good sandwich cookie. I love them unsandwiched and just plain, too. The dough would make a pretty tasty tart shell. This dough is pretty firm, so you may have to wack it into submission with your rolling pin, a la Julia Child. It also makes many, many cookies, so freeze half of the dough if you want a smaller batch.

What you will need

1 1/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut

1 3/4 cups (3 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 large egg yolk

2 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon coconut extract

3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange zest

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cacao nibs

1 (one) 8 oz. jar apricot jam

1 (one) 6 oz. bag Scharffenberger Bittersweet Baking Chunks, or your favorite baking chocolate, chopped


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