Friday, December 12, 2008

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Pecan shortbread cookies made with butter, sugar, flour, vanilla and pecans, and dusted with powdered sugar.

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

On one of my last minute "oh I think I'll make some [fill in the blank]" I decided last night I wanted some shortbread cookies. These are really my most favorite cookie - just the right blend of flour and sugar, a touch of pecan, tender and just delicious. Since I haven't done any Christmas cookies I figured I'd at least use a star cutter and a tree cutter so I wouldn't feel so bad about indulging myself. This batch makes about 4 dozen cookies when rolled to about 1/4 inch and are not overly sweet. If you are not going to dust them with powdered sugar, you might increase your granulated sugar a bit, or even sprinkle them with a bit more granulated sugar just before you bake them.

Here's how to make them.

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Recipe: Pecan Shortbread Cookies

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 3 to 4 dozen

Ingredients
  • 3 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups of chopped pecans, finely minced
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
Instructions

In a mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until well blended; add the vanilla. In a separate bowl, measure out the flour, add the salt and whisk together. Add a little at a time to the butter and sugar and mix until blended. Mince the pecans in a food processor and add to the dough, stir together until well mixed in.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide dough. If you want to only prepare a dozen at a time, divide dough into quarters. Otherwise divide into half and shape both into flat disks. Wrap in plastic wrap that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray, refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch, cut out desired shapes and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Place entire sheet into the refrigerator while you wait for the oven to preheat. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Cool on pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Dust with powdered sugar while still warm.

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3 comments:

  1. I think Santa will love these! I'm going to give them a try this week!

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  2. These are very close to the German Christmas cookie my mom makes. Hers are crescent shaped and rolled in powdered sugar while still warm. I did this with your recipe and the cookies are fantastic. Thanks for a great recipe!

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