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This week’s recipe for Coconut Butter Thins was chosen by Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch. The ingredients for these cookies scream summer being comprised of lime zest, coconut and macadamia nuts. We had snow here in Ohio on Sunday, so I am not really stocked up with warm weather kitchen essentials. Instead of running to the market, I improvised using the items I had in my pantry and the flavor of these cookies was still divine! I subbed out the macadamia nuts for almonds, the lime for lemon and the coriander for…nothing.

If any of you know me at all, you know that I can be a tad bit obsessive compulsive so these cookies became my nemesis when I discovered how much they spread in the oven. Ya see, I wanted perfectly square cookies, but my first batch left me with blob like shapes…this irked me so I decided to change the cooking method. For my second batch I put the cut cookies in the freezer and my baking sheet in the fridge for 45 minutes, I also decreased the cooking temperature to 315 degrees. This time the cookies did not spread as much, but still expanded a bit! I headed over and read the P&Q thread in its entirety and realized this was a common problem expressed by several TwD members. Eventually I surrendered to the spread and just finished baking the 1/2 recipe that I made. These are really tasty cookies and would blend harmoniously with a mug of hot tea…which would be perfect for this chilly Ohio weather.

Are you curious if all TwD had the spreading problem? If so, check out the TwD blogroll and get clicking to find out! For the recipe head on over to Jayne’s blog or flip to page 145 in Baking: From My Home to Yours!

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  1. Carla says:

    First, your blog layout is really cute! Did you design it or got it custom made?

    Second, lovely cookies! Yours doesn’t look as thin as mine. In fact, I would prefer yours. Maybe I should have put the cookie sheet in the freezer as well. I live in PA, so I hear ya on the snow. Ours came Sunday night/Monday morning. Now we just have rain.

  2. leanne says:

    I am with the others – embrace the spread because they are worth it. Although I did try to get them to not spread as much!

  3. Amanda says:

    Well they look gorgeous! I liked these cookies more than I thought I would. I keep nibbling at them LOL

  4. Teanna says:

    They totally scream summer! They’d be great alongside a pina colada! They look delicious!

  5. vibi says:

    LOL LOL Spreading, shmreading!

    Would just eat the darn cookie and relax! LOL LOL

    They are just as perfect as everything you do, Jamie! Why worry!?

    Plus… some things in life are just as beautiful with a twist of rusticity! ya know… natural imprefections? But ya, I can understand the “bug” of a perfectionnist!

  6. Tracey says:

    Great picture. I love the spring colors :)

  7. Elyse says:

    I love how you’ve changed up the recipe! It sounds absolutely delicious. And they look so pretty and dainty. I hate cookie spread, too, but sometimes, it’s so hard to prevent!

  8. Flourchild says:

    Great looking the ribbon too!

  9. Leslie says:

    Embrace the spread! Your cookies look delicious so a little spread is no big deal!

  10. Jennifer says:

    We had snow, too, ugh.
    I really liked these and mine did not spread too much, never got really lacy or really thin. They were more shortbread-y but very delicious.