Yield: about 32 medium sized cookies (depends on size and shape of cutter)

Ingredients

For the cookies: 
1 cup shredded coconut*
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup plus 1 tbsp. sugar
1¼ tsp. coarse salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour

To finish (optional):
Bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped and melted
Toasted coconut*

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    Add the coconut to a medium skillet over medium heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the coconut is lightly browned, being careful not to burn it.   Set aside to cool.

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    In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar.  Beat on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Blend in the salt and vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in the flour just until incorporated and a dough begins to form.  Mix in the toasted coconut.  Form a disc of dough and wrap tightly with plastic wrap.  Transfer to the refrigerator and let chill at least 1 hour or until firm.

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    Preheat the oven to 325˚ F.  Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.  On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to just less than ¼-inch thickness.  Use a cookie cutter or pastry cutter to cut out cookie shapes.  Transfer to the prepared baking sheets.  Reroll dough scraps as needed.

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    Bake until light golden and crisp, rotating the pans halfway through baking, about 16-18 minutes total.  (Baking time will vary depending on the size/shape of your cookies.  Keep an eye on them!)  Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    If desired, dip cookies or drizzle with melted chocolate.  Transfer to a pan lined with wax or parchment paper.  Sprinkle with toasted coconut.  Let chocolate set completely before removing from the pans.

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    *For the dough, I prefer unsweetened shredded coconut if available.  For garnish, I prefer the look of the sweetened shredded coconut.