These crumbly cookies are studded with crunchy pecans.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.

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  • In a food processor, pulse pecans until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl; set aside. In processor, blend flour, sugar, butter, and salt until moist clumps form. Add reserved pecans; pulse 2 or 3 times, just to incorporate.

  • Press dough evenly into the bottom of prepared pan (if dough is sticky, dip fingers in flour). With a floured fork, prick dough every 1/2 inch. Bake until lightly golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

  • Cool 5 minutes in pan. Use foil overhang to lift shortbread from pan onto cutting board. With a serrated knife, carefully cut warm shortbread into 18 bars (6 rows by 3 rows). Remove from foil; cool bars completely on a rack before serving.

Reviews (9)

44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: Unrated
08/18/2010
my recipes for shortbread use no liquid. Just a little moisture from the butter. That's what makes them so tender. That part of why it's called "short bread" high fat, no liquid.
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01/21/2010
What holds these together? Is there no liquid in the recipe?
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12/05/2009
Thanks for all the suggestions!
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11/30/2009
Sawzbella, To make the dough by hand, mix the flour, sugar, and salt together and then cut in the butter with a pastry blender or a fork, like you would do for pie dough. Shortbread and pie crust are similar; you want to coat the butter with flour so it will be flaky, but don't handle it any more than you have to.
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11/30/2009
Since you will be chopping up the pecans anyway, why not just use pecan pieces and not the more expensive pecan halves? Mykele
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11/30/2009
Sawzbella....chop them finely by hand.
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11/30/2009
I don't have a food processor, but these sound like they would be a hit at my house! My 10 year old discoverd his Dad's Pecan Pie this Thanksgiving! Any suggestions for making them without a processor would be appreciated! Thank You!
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09/14/2008
These are the easiest and yummiest cookies! Everybody LOVES them!
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04/11/2008
These turned out great and were very quick and easy!