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Tis the season for baking all of the yummy things…or in my case cookies!! My favorite kind of cookie to bake is a shortbread cookie, especially a pecan shortbread cookie! They are so easy to make, only require a few ingredients and are really hard to mess up…all of the things I love in a one recipe. HA!
Shortbread cookies are year round cookies but I’m not much of a baker and had the worst craving for one the other day so I made a big batch of them and then since I have weight loss goals I ate a few and then gave the rest of the cookies away. It was either that or go all Miranda from Sex and the City and dump them in the trash can and pour dish soap on them. Anyone remember that episode? It’s one of my faves! HA!
When I say this recipe is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients I mean it! It’s only got five ingredients that you whip together, throw in some pecans, mold into cookies and bake!
For these cookies I chose to mold them into just a plain, round cookie however I have seen people bake these into balls and half moons. It’s really just however you want to do it! The most important thing to remember is that these cookies don’t expand when you bake them so don’t worry about placing them too close together on your cookie sheet or thinking they aren’t done when you check on them!
I think my favorite part of making these cookies, and the messiest, is rolling them in the powdered sugar when they are fresh out of the oven! It’s one big, delicious, mess!
You can check out the full recipe below. Enjoy!
What is your favorite kind of cookie to bake??
Have you ever made shortbread cookies before??
You can also check out some of my other favorite cookie recipes here…
Red Velvet Cake Batter Cookies
No Bake Cookies
- Preheat oven to 300* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Stir in water and vanilla.
- Add flour gradually until everything is mixed.
- Stir in pecans by hand.
- Roll dough into balls and place on baking sheet. Flatten by hand if you want.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until done.
- While cookies are still hot out of the oven, roll them in powdered sugar until coated on all sides and set aside to cool.
robin rue says
Perfect timing because I have a cookie swap to go to on Saturday. I am totally making these because they sound so good.
I hope you like them!!
Alli Smith says
Shortbread cookies are at the top of the list of my favorite cookies. I never make them except during the holidays. I love how simple yet tasty they are and your recipe sounds amazing.
Yesssss. I must make these! I love pecans in pretty much anything, from savory dishes to sweet cookies like these. These look great!
Amber Myers says
These look so good! I do love my cookies. I might have to make these. It’s been ages since I’ve had pecan shortbread, and I’ve always liked it.
Ah – Pecan Shortbread (or Pecan Sandies as we call them) are my childhood favorites. My Mom always made these for us when we were children. Thanks for the recipe!
Shortbread cookies are a favorite. They can be plain or add pecans like you did which makes them really good. I even have pecans on hand to make these today.
I love these cookies! There is nothing better than pecan shortbread cookies. They’re probably one of my favorite cookies at Christmas time!
This recipe looks so yummy. I’m a huge fan of cookies. One of my favorites is chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven.
Sarah Bailey says
There is nothing like shortbread at Christmas and pecan is one of those things that seems to go with so much. I may have to whip some of these up for people who come and visit over the coming weeks.
Melissa Chapman says
I love shortbread, pecans and the cookies from the store but these look so much better. I need to mix up a batch for the kids this holiday.
Alyssa H says
um, YUMMMMM! I love shortbread but have never had it (or made it) with pecans in the recipe. Sounds delicious!
I also love shortbread cookies. These pecan ones look so delicious. I love that you roll them in powder sugar at the end for that yummy dusting.
I think that’s my favorite part…messy but delicious!!
Dennis Littley says
I never saw that episode but I’ve heard references about it and it makes sense with cookies as good as these! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.
Oh yum! I’m such a fan of shortbread cookies, though I’ve never tried to make them myself for some reason. I’m definitely going to try now!
It is seriously so easy to make and so yummy to eat…LOL!!
Gladys Nava says
Ooohh! It looks so delicious! I am really looking for a recipe that I can prepare for my kids, and this one is very perfect to us! Thanks for this idea. Love it!
Farrah Less says
My husband likes Pecan short bread he is been asking me for this for like a week now. I’m glad I came across on this post I will definitely make some this weekend.
He will love this recipe, it’s so easy!!
The Global Gypsies says
I am definitely going to try making these !