My Way of Saying Thank You

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Oct 3, 2011 by

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I shared with you a little over a month ago how a family friend graciously donated a hotel room in New Orleans so I could attend the International Food Blogger Conference. This past weekend I had to opportunity to show my appreciation by baking him some cookies. My good friend E revealed that her dad loves pecans, so these pecan shortbreads were my first pick.

I’ve been pulling out my Betty Crocker Cookbook Bridal Edition a lot lately. Someone gave it to me as a wedding gift and it’s a great go-to book if you just need a basic recipe. Often I’ll take the basic recipe and add my own touches to jazz it up.

And on a totally random side note – I don’t do a whole lot of baking. Therefore, I don’t have an infinite selection of cookie cutters. I needed a cutter that was about 1-1/2 inches wide, and as I’m rummaging through one of my kitchen drawers I found this little square cutter. While I’m cutting my cookies, I wondered – who decided cookies should be round? Square cookies are way more efficient than round ones. You get more cookies and less waste. I’m thinking I may start baking square biscuits.



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Pecan Shortbread Cookies
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Adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook Bridal Edition
Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 8-10
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add flour and pecans. Continue to mix until dough comes together and is no longer crumbly, about five minutes.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to ½-inch thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet at ½-in distance apart. Bake for 20 minutes, rotates cookie sheets halfway through cooking time.
  4. Makes approximately 2 dozen.

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  1. These look really yummy!

  2. Oh this looks delicious and simple, which is very important! I read the conference post and your trip sounded awesome. New Orleans is defiantly a place I want to visit.

  3. square cookies: of course!

  4. Square cookies are definitely the way forward, you don’t have to roll out the mixture as many times!

  5. Oh i love the square cookies, i am joining ycou..

  6. I have a Betty Crocker Cookbook, too and it’s hands-down my favorite. Sometimes, you’re just a girl trying to make a baked potato for the first time! All of my other cookbooks give fancy-schmancy twists, but Betty Crocker keeps it simple!

  7. Beautifully decorated. Nice tea set too. Is it specifically for this sort of thing? 😀

  8. I love shortbreads – the pecan is such a great idea! I made some shortbreads once with lavender, and they were so good and so light! Making a great-tasting thank you is always so great – everyone loves it!

  9. Those square shortbreads with the ribbon sure look cuter than their round cousins! I’m a fan! :)

  10. YUM! I love pecan shortbread cookies, but yet to make my own.

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