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Toasted Pecan Shortbread

Shortbread is such a quick and easy classic recipe. You can bump up the flavor by adding toasted pecans.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Freeze20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: toasted peacan shortbread, toasted pecan shortbread recipe
Servings: 24 cookies


  • 2 sticks butter softened at room temperature
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup pecan pieces toasted


  • Preheat oven to 300 (to toast pecans.)
  • Spread pecan pieces on a baking sheet. Place in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until pecans give off a nutty smell. Be careful not to burn.
  • Remove nuts from oven and set aside to cool.
  • In a medium mixing bowl with a whisk or hand mixer mix soft butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  • When that is mixed well, add flour one cup at a time and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Mix in toasted pecans.
  • Lay out a piece of parchment paper about 12 by 16 inches and place dough on it.
  • With your hands, roll the dough into a log that's about 1 ½ inches in diameter.
  • Carefully roll the log up in the parchment paper and place in the freezer for at least 20 minutes or up to an hour.

Ready to bake

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Pull cookie log from freezer and with a sharp knife cut cookies into ¼ inch thick cookies.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake until lightly golden brown around edges.
  • Store at room temperature.