These cookies are really nice! Hubby would give them 5 stars, I'd say 4.5--only because it's not the very best shortbread ever, but is well worth making again :)
Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread
Dark brown sugar adds rich caramel notes to these cookies; turbinado sugar provides crunch.
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- Calories: 70
- Calories from fat: 44%
- Fat: 3.4g
- Saturated fat: 1.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 1g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
- Protein: 0.7g
- Carbohydrate: 9.4g
- Fiber: 0.2g
- Cholesterol: 8mg
- Iron: 0.4mg
- Sodium: 31mg
- Calcium: 5mg
- 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
- 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.
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.
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