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Toasted Pecan Shortbread

Updated: Apr 4

A rich, buttery and crisp shortbread. These are also delicious when drizzled with melted dark chocolate!

Pre-heat oven to 350 F

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper


1 1/2 Cups (yes!) Unsalted Butter at room temperature

3/4 -1 Cup Sugar

1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla

3/4 Teaspoon of Almond Extract

3/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

3 Cups Unbleached Flour

1 1/2 Cups of Toasted Pecans, rolled and smashed with a rolling pin


Toast the pecans first

Place the toasted pecans in a zip lock bag and close it

With a rolling pin, tap and roll the pecans until smashed into small bits

In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter, sugar, vanilla and almond extract until light and fluffy

Mix together the flour and salt and then gradually add to the butter mixture

With your hands work the dough until it comes together into a large ball

Place on a floured board and flatten it into a round disc

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 30 minutes

Remove from fridge and roll the dough on a floured surface, add flour as needed

Roll the dough into a little less than 1/2 inch in thickness

Cut cookies using a 2-3 inch cutter and place on baking sheet lined with parchment

Bake for about 19 minutes or until golden brown and crisp

Toasted Pecans:

Pre-heat oven to 350 F

Place the pecans evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Roast for 7 - 10 minutes, flipping them half way through, until they begin to brown and smell wonderful

Toasting nuts add extra crispness and crunch to the cookie and improves the flavour.

Chocolate Drizzle:

Use good quality dark chocolate such as Callebaut.

Place the cooled pecan shortbread cookies on sheet of parchment paper in preparation for drizzling.

An easy way to melt chocolate is on the stove. Using a small heavy saucepan, place chocolate pieces in the pan over very low heat, stirring until the chocolate begins to melt. Keep your eye on the chocolate so it does not overheat or burn. Remove from heat the stir until smooth. Dip a small spoon or fork into the chocolate and drizzle over the cookies. There is no right way to do this. Be artistic!

I ask my young granddaughter to do the drizzling - lots of fun


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