Old Fashion Coconut Washboards with Orange Glaze

It’s a Coconut Day

Crisp and rich with coconut, cookies jars everywhere are screaming for these classic cookies. Mildly sweet, they are a classic tea cookie that everyone will enjoy, especially during the winter months when the taste of summer is so refreshing.

Old Fashion Coconut Washboards with Orange Glaze 
Makes about 9 dozen

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flaked coconut  

Orange Glaze 
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 1/2 to 3 cup powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add water and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

Roll dough into 2-inch logs and press into a rough rectangle. Slice into even slices and place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Cookies should be shaped into 2 1/2 x 1-inch rectangles. Press lengthwise with a floured fork to create the washboard design. Bake cookies at 400°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack, cool completely.

In medium bowl combine orange juice and zest. Add powdered sugar until thick and smooth. Add into a plastic baggie, snip off one corner making a 1/8 inch opening and decorate each cookie with stripes.

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