Bake or Break Recipes

Butter Pecan Shortbread

January 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Recipe adapted from Land O Lakes. Read more at Bake or Break.

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon chopped pecans, divided
  • 2-3 teaspoons coarse sugar (may substitute granulated sugar)

Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on 2 sides.

Using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and combine. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour, beating until well-mixed. Stir in 1/4 cup pecans. Mixture will be crumbly.

Press dough into bottom of prepared pan. Sprinkle top with 1 tablespoon pecans and coarse sugar.

Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Using foil, lift shortbread out of pan. Cut into bars.

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