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Pecan Shortbread Cookies

These cookies were always the first thing to sell out at the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten's gourmet store in East Hampton, New York.

  • Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 dozen
Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1992


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/4 ounces pecan halves, toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract


  1. Cream together butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until mixture is light in color, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Add flour, salt, pecans, and almond extract, and mix until combined and the pecans start to break up.

  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator at least 1 hour or overnight. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using 2 1/2-inch diameter fluted cookie cutters, cut cookies, and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Return to refrigerator 1 hour more.

  4. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Sprinkle cookies with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and bake until lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool.

Reviews (7)

  • ivylynne 11 Nov, 2008

    i looked it up on FoodTv site: 1/2 t pure almond extract

  • ivylynne 11 Nov, 2008

    2 what for pure almond extract? maybe 1/2t??

  • dkline 28 May, 2008

    This were a hit at work, everyone loved them

  • DeborahHysmith 30 Mar, 2008

    Everyone's comments make me starved for these cookies! --however the recipe I read here calls for "2 pure almond extract" ---2=WHAT??? Please help me! many thanks!

  • mulkeystarlight 4 Jan, 2008

    These are so buttery and light - they don't last long. I have an easy shortcut. Roll the dough into a log and wrap it in waxed paper - then refrigerate. Once chilled just slice and bake! So easy.

  • mlgunderson 8 Dec, 2007

    These cookies are AMAZING!!!! they don't last long.

  • CupofTea 28 Nov, 2007

    Delicious buttery, light and crumbly cookies--heaven!

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