Easy Pecan Shortbread

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Shortbread cookies.  They’re one of my most favorite things.  There’s something magical about the perfect blend of flour, butter, and sugar.  But truth be told, they can be a little fussy.  Some recipes call for you to use cold butter and cut it into the flour.  Other recipes call for you to roll the dough out and prick it with a fork.  Some even call for you to use cookie cutters.  Ans while none of these tasks are especially difficult, it’s the holidays!  Ain’t nobody got time for all that.  Enter my EASY Pecan Shortbread…

Easy Pecan Shortbread is seriously the easiest shortbread you'll make. #shortbread #pecan #easy #recipe #ideas #christmas #cookie

Easy Pecan Shortbread – Easy as Pie!  

Seriously, this is the easiest shortbread I’ve ever made.  And does it taste as good as the other stuff?  Heck yeah it does.

Now, there’ll be naysayers out there (they always show up) claiming this isn’t “true” shortbread.  But I say, “Whatever.”  It looks like it and tastes like it, but it’s a whole lot easier!  And I like easy.  And I know you do, too!

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Easy Pecan Shortbread
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Author: Stacey Little | Southern Bite
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. With a mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Add the vanilla. Gradually add the flour and mix until combined. Add the pecans and mix briefly to combine.
  2. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of a ungreased 13X9-inch baking dish. If the mixture it too sticky, cover with wax paper and use the wax paper to press flat.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and use a pizza cutter to cut into squares. Allow too cool in the pan before removing. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

Be sure to measure your flour by spooning it into a dry measure measuring cup and leveling off. Do not scoop into the flour container with the measuring scoop. Measuring the flour incorrectly will greatly affect this recipe.


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  1. These look delish! Adding them to my list of need to make, lol!

  2. Yum! I love that this is an easy recipe!

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