Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread

Brown Sugar-Pecan ShortbreadRecipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Dark brown sugar adds rich caramel notes to these cookies; turbinado sugar provides crunch.

Yield:

32 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 70
Caloriesfromfat 44 %
Fat 3.4 g
Satfat 1.9 g
Monofat 1 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 0.7 g
Carbohydrate 9.4 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Sodium 31 mg
Calcium 5 mg

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans, toasted
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup ice water
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Preparation

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients (through salt), stirring well with a whisk. Place butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 1 minute). Gradually add flour mixture, beating at low speed. (Mixture will appear crumbly.) Sprinkle ice water over flour mixture; beat at low speed just until combined. Shape the dough into 2 (6-inch-long) logs; wrap each log in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour or until very firm.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap dough; cut each log into 16 slices using a serrated knife. Place dough circles 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle tops evenly with turbinado sugar, gently pressing into dough. Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets; cool on a wire rack.

Note:

If you don't want to bake all of the cookies at once, freeze one dough log for up to two months. Slice frozen dough, and bake; if the dough is too hard to slice, let it stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.