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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

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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Step 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. Step 2

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

  3. Step 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. Step 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.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1992

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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!