These cookies are quick to whip up and they taste great - they're a real treat. Bring them to work and share them with your co-workers. They'll be really pleased - and if you cut them small, they won't be worried about not sticking to their healthy eating new years resolution!
Maple Pecan Shortbread
Recipe from Holiday Cookies (www.cuisineathomespecials.com)
- 1 1/4 cups cake flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp table salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- minced zest of 1/2 an orange
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp maple extract
- 1/4 cup pecans, toasted, chopped
- icing sugar for dusting
- Whisk flour, cornstarch and salt together in a bowl. Set aside. Cream butter, brown sugar, and zest together in a bowl with a mixer until blended. With the mixer running, slowly drizzle in syrup and extract; beat until incorporated.
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture in 2 or three additions, beating at low speed just until combined. Fold in the nuts.
- Pat dough into an 8" square about 3/4" thick on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until richly brown around edges and golden in the center. Sprinkle a thick layer of icing sugar over the shortbread
- While hot, trim edges, then cut into 1" squares and let cool on the pan to room temperature. To serve, transfer shortbread to platter.
*Note: These cookies can be frozen for up to one month.
*Note: as you pat the dough onto the baking sheet, periodically dip your fingertips in a bowl of water. This will help keep them from sticking to the dough.
Give this recipe a try! You will love how quick it is to whip up and how deliciously unique this shortbread is.
Happy Baking my Friends!