Shortbread Cookies with Pecans

Shortbread Cookies with Pecans

Shortbread Cookies with Pecans

I love a good shortbread. These cookies are moist, delicious and so incredibly buttery and flavorful. They will quickly become a family favorite. I get asked all of the time to make these cookies. We hope that this Shortbread Cookies with Pecans recipe post inspires you. 

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Shortbread Cookies with Pecans

Nutrition Information per 1 cookie; 20 cookies per batch
Calories: 159kcal  |  Carbohydrates: 13g  |  Protein: 2g  |  Fat: 11g  |  Saturated Fat: 2g  |  Cholesterol: 1mg 
Sodium: 166mg  |  Potassium: 31mg |  Fiber: 1g  |  Sugar: 3g  |  Calcium: 10mg  |  Iron: 1mg


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or caviar from 1 vanilla bean)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons milk


Shortbread Cookies with Pecans


  1. To start your shortbread cookies with pecans, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add the softened butter to a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Add powdered sugar and mix. Add flour gradually.
  4. Next, add the pecans and milk.
  5. Mix just until the dough comes together and no lumps of flour remain.
  6. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  7. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the cookies until they are 1/4” thick. Be gentle with the dough– it is very soft.
  8. I used a round 2″ cookie cutter but you can cut these cookies into any shape you like.
  9. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the cookies in either the refrigerator or freezer for 10 minutes (either one will work– you just want the butter to cool slightly so the cookies don't spread).
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bottom edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. Enjoy.

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Shortbread Cookies with Pecans

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