Chocolate Dipped Caramel Cream Filled Coconut Shortbread Cookies

I have issues with cookies.

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I like cookies. Coming up with new types. Baking them. Eating them. But styling for photographs I am at such a loss. It literally took me 4 days to take these photos. One day we had partly cloudy skies and the light was changing from dark to bright in my usual photography spot every 3 minutes.

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Then the next day was bright sun and I had only taken photos of one of the cookies so I decided I wanted to take pics of all the cookies in the same light.

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But photography isn’t my strongest skill and I take FOR-EH-VER to take pics and by the time I got one type done it was time to do things with my kids like prepare dinner, baths bedtime and no more sunshine left sooooo that means try again the next day.

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On the third day I had a nice sunny day and took a chance with photographing the cookies all at once again. I get nice light in my entry way but I had to work quickly before the sun moved on in and started to heat up the cookies and melt. Which was starting to happen…

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So then starts day 4. I realized that I actually liked the pics I took on day 3 so I waited until the EXACT same time to take pics of the other half of the cookies to catch the same light, since it was another sunny day. FINALLY. I got all the pics I wanted and liked!!

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Enough about the photography, lets talk about these cookies now. Coconut cookies. Caramel cream filling. Some dipped in white chocolate. Some dipped in dark chocolate. All topped with toasted coconut. I had been planning on making these cookies for a while. I originally wanted to fill with just caramel sauce, but the few I tried that with, the caramel just oozed out. So I decided to make a sort of buttercream out of the caramel sauce. It mellowed the caramel flavor a bit, but still the flavors in these cookies are exactly what I wanted. The white chocolate covered cookies are a touch sweeter than the dark chocolate covered ones, but both are really good and not overly sweet.

I also made these for this months Leftover’s Club. Last month’s was so fun, and we have more bloggers who joined in this month and I am looking forward to seeing even more join in as this club gains momentum.

Chocolate Dipped Caramel Cream Filled Coconut Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 24
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Caramel Shortbread Sandwich Cookies Yield 2 dozen sandwich cookies Prep 30 min Chill time 30 min to 24 hours Cook time 1 hour for cookies, about 15 min for caramel sauce Assembly and chilling about 1 hour The caramel sauce can be made ahead of time. Cookie Recipe Adapted from Annie's Eats
  • For the cookies:
  • 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. coconut emulsion or extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (regular or gluten free)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 3 sticks (1 ½) cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • For the Caramel cream filling:
  • Caramel sauce:
  • 1 stick butter (113g/ ½ cup)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream room temp
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Cream filling:
  • 2 sticks butter ( 1 cup butter) at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½-3/4 c caramel sauce
  • Chocolate topping
  • Milk, dark, white chocolate for melting ( bars not chips, I used Green and Blacks Organics)
  • Toasted coconut
  1. For the cookies
  2. In a large bowl combine toasted coconut, flour, sugar and sea salt. Whisk to combine, and slowly pour into a bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times. Add in the butter one piece at a time while the food processor is running until all is combined. Add in the coconut and vanilla extracts and pulse again. Scrape down the sides when needed and keep pulsing a few seconds at a time until the dough is uniform in texture and the butter is fully incorporated. Transfer back to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in refrigerator for minimum of 30 minto overnight. Preferably overnight. When ready to bake preheat oven to 325 deg. Prep cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicon bake mats.
  3. On a lightly floured surface or between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out a portion of the dough, keeping the rest chilled, to about ¼″ thickness. Cut with 1½ cookie cutters (round or whatever shape you want) and carefully place on prepared cookie sheets at least 1 inch apart. Chill for 10 minutes in refrigerator then bake for 15 minutes, or just until bottoms start to brown, don’t over bake. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Repeat with the remaining dough portion until all are baked. Cool completely before filling and dipping
  4. For the Caramel Sauce:
  5. In a heave bottomed pan over medium heat melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and honey and stir until dissolved. Attach a candy thermometer and boil the mixture until it reaches 260 deg F orhard ball stage. Remove from the heat and slowly pour in the cream, whisking while pouring, being careful as the mixture will splatter. Add in the vanilla and the salt and return to head and whisk until smooth. Cool completely at room temperature and keep in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. For the caramel cream:
  7. In a stand mixer or a bowl and using a hand mixer cream the butter, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add in the powdered sugar and mix again. Slowly add in caramel sauce starting with about ½ cup and mix well. Taste and add more sauce if desired for a deeper caramel flavor. Spread about 1 tbsp on one cookie and top with the other. Chill until ready to dip in melted chocolate
  8. Cookie Assembly:
  9. Match up the cookies that are closest in size ( some may have changed shaped a little while baking) and spread about 1 tbsp of the caramel cream in the middle on one cookie and top with the other. Repeat with remaining cookies. Chill or freeze until ready to dip in chocolate
  10. Melt the chocolate in either a double boiler on the stove or in a glass bowl in the microwave. Take a chilled sandwich cookie and dip halfway in the chocolate. Gently scrape off some excess and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Repeat with other cookies and freeze until set. This may take several batches due to freezer space/amount of cookie sheets. Keep cookies stored in an airtight container, they will keep best chilled or frozen. Serve at room temp.
The caramel sauce and cream can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until use. Bring the caramel cream to room temperature before using. The dough can be made and chilled up to several days ahead of time. Let thaw to cooler than room temp before rolling and cutting I found that the chocolate firmed up faster when I dipped frozen cookies. When I was dipping them in the white chocolate, the chocolate was spreading out onto the wax paper when the cookies were room temperature and I was having to re-dip them. So melt the chocolate, dip frozen cookies and then immediately place on the wax paper lined tray in the freezer to set it up quicker

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Here are this month’s Leftovers Club’s recipes:

Savory Simple – Quinoa Granola

Bakeaholic Mama – Amish Friendship Muffins

Damn Delicious – Cinnamon Puppy Chow

Frugal Foodie Mama – Coconut Chai Biscotti

Let’s Give Peas a Chance – Chocolate Chip & Potato Chip Cookie Bars

A Zesty Bite – Oreo Toffee Brownies

Dining With Dani – Chocolate Covered Espresso Cookies

MarocMama – Gluten-Free Moroccan Piped Cookies

Sugar Dish Me – Chocolate Cake Cookies

Diethood – Chocolate Cloud Cookies

Eats Well With Others – White Chocolate Blondies

Souffle Bombay – Spicy Dark Chocolate Brownies aka Mexican Brownies

Kelly Bakes – Lemon Thyme Shortbread

The Spiced Life – Twisted Tollhouse” Shaved Chocolate Cookies

Eat Bake Drink Cook – Frosted Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Food n’ Focus – English Muffin Bread

Omeletta – Whiskey Lemon Bars

Domestic Fits – Sriracha Caramel Corn
Don’t you wish you could enjoy some of these leftovers with us? You can!  Visit The Leftovers Club online for more details!


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So which do you prefer? White or dark chocolate? I really liked both types of cookies.

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  1. Your food photography is gorgeous; that’s a not a cookie dilemma :) A cookie dilemma is when you start running out of cookies!

  2. I absolutely love shortbread! These look like a delicious treat!!

  3. Found you through the Lean Green Bean :) These look fabulous!
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  4. LOL you sound so much like me when I’m taking pictures of recipes! I’m usually stressing out, my hair is all over the place, and periodically I’ll just freeze in place and wait for the light to move back into (or out of) the shot. A video of the experience would be mortifying.
    That being said, it was obviously worth the time it took for these cookies- the photos look great!! And the cookies, of course, sound incredible.
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  5. Dark Chocolate ALL the way!! These are gorgeous. Photography is not my strong point for sure. I’m learning but I’m sloooooooow when it comes to this stuff. I think all these photos look awesome and delicious and gosh I can’t wait to be paired up so you can send me awesome cookies like these!!
    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me recently posted…Chocolate Cake CookiesMy Profile

  6. Whoa, caramel….I need some. Do you have any leftover leftovers? 😉

  7. Shanna, I can totally relate to this post! Ahhh, the woes of a food blogger, right? I don’t think photography is my strong suit either. I haven’t done much in terms of styling (I don’t use props or backgrounds, although I want to start). I don’t have any lighting equipment and therefore only have time on weekends to bake ‘n take photos in natural light. As frustrating as it can be, it’s fun too, right? To push yourself to do something better than you did the last. I think these photos are gorgeous – I want to reach into every single one and eat all those scrumptious cookies!

    • Thanks Nancy!! I have a good prop collection but I keep leaning towards less props in my pics and focusing just on the food. I never know if too may props are too cluttered, or what to use, what colors etc. So I am just going with it and hoping they look ok. I love some peoples pics with lots of props -but they are always styled so nicely where I tend to think my pics look cluttered.

  8. These pictures turned out great! I’m just starting to take time with my pictures. I don’t have a good camera, props or the time to devote to it really, but I’m working on it. I’d love to be able to take pictures as beautiful as these. Plus these flavor combinations sound great. I couldn’t pick between white or dark chocolate, both look amazing!

    • I am definitely still learning. I have had this nikon for about 7 years and my first blog I had I used it part of the time ( totally posted pics I took with my blackberry too) and those were horrible pics. I am glad to be improving – but still have tons more to learn!

  9. These make me feel like I’m sitting somewhere warm looking out at an ocean (instead of a snow pile!) Both of them look really tasty!
    Amanda @ MarocMama recently posted…Gluten-Free Moroccan Piped CookiesMy Profile

  10. Cookie issues are the BEST issues to have! LOVE your photography, Shanna. Hope this makes you feel better after battling with no sunshine. Had the same problem the last week of February and first week of March…trying to work with no sun and the flu…on a Drop Cookies 101 tutorial, to boot…STUNK big time. (Thought of reshooting, but I don’t have time. Too many other recipes to post!) Just keep dreaming of those gorgeous windows and the abundant sunlight you’ll have in your new kitch! Oh, I’ll take both cookies, one for each hand…dark chocolate and white!
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen recently posted…Paleo Carrot Cake with Cashew-Coconut ButtercreamMy Profile

    • I seriously took about 300 pics. And only about 20 were good ( not blurry, not grainy) it was frustrating to say the least! And thanks! Your comments always make me laugh!!

  11. Oh wow… these look crazy good! Can I get paired up with you next month? lol!
    (Not that what my partner this past month sent me wasn’t amazing!)
    Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama recently posted…Coconut Chai Biscotti {The Leftovers Club Recipe}My Profile

  12. This is unbelievably amazing! Wow.

  13. These are stunning!!!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Single-Serve Mug Coffee CakeMy Profile

  14. I find cookies to be IMPOSSIBLE to photograph also (they are a little too beige, methinks) but seriously…these are gorgeous. I want to reach in and grab a HUGE handful!!
    Joanne recently posted…Recipe: Mint Chocolate Chip CakeMy Profile

  15. these sound amazing and perfect for national caramel day!
    Dina recently posted…Want to be on Food Network’s Chopped?My Profile

  16. These cookies are really pretty! I love the dainty scalloped border they have and how they’re dipped in two different chocolates! I love dark chocolate so I’d likely go for those but your white chocolate ones look so pretty and heavenly – they would be perfect at a wedding! They’re like that perfect ivory color :)
    Julie @ Table for Two recently posted…Goat Cheese Pesto Chicken SandwichMy Profile

  17. I feel your pain on the photography, Shanna! I’ve been known to take pictures in my bathroom … ’cause that was the only good light available. :-) Your cookie photos looks fabulous!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground
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    • ha ha ha!!! I ALMOST Took pics in my bathroom the other day because the light by the window of the little room that has just the toilet was perfect – but I couldn’t wedge myself and prop board and stuff AND me in the room ha ha ha

  18. oh–whatever it takes, you get those photos done SO WELL. I love them all. I could learn a lot from you. I get rushed and just hurry the process, which is never a good thing.
    Personally, I’d choose the dark chocolate–but they all look great.
    And the name of the cookies!? I and to read it slowly…Try saying it three times fast! :)
    XO thinking of you as I sip coconut water off our freshly cut coconuts!

    • That’s the other hard thing – Naming recipes. You want to name it what it is just shy of listing all the ingredients that are in the cookies!! Fresh coconut water sounds so good! Aloha!!

  19. Coconut cookies, caramel filling, and dipped in chocolate! Oh my goodness, I need these!

  20. Oh. My. Heavens. These look so yummy! I’m definitely going to need some cookies this weekend. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I hope I can try it out soon.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
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  21. They look so tasty!
    Akaleistar recently posted…Why Don’t You…?My Profile

  22. These are so pretty! And I love all the flavors going on.
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  23. Those are just evil! Evil good!
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