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Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

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I should be the queen of cookies, I am literally obsessed with cookies. So you can imagine how much I loved baking these Pecan Shortbread Cookies.

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Not sure why I haven’t created a recipe book full of cookies yet.  Someday soon I hope.

It’s got to have not more than four ingredients though…Lol! I only do cookies that are simple and tastes good.

I also love the fact that these cookies are not perfect looking, much like me. They are a little rustic and has so much “character”, just the way I love people too…Lol!

There are so many things I would love to achieve before I get all old and frail. But it’s not easy trying to cram them all in when you’re have a family.

Often I feel guilty for focusing too much on my own passion. It’s almost like when you get to a certain age people expect you to give up on your dreams and just focus on being a mom and wife.

I must be honest a food blog was on my list of goals for a while. I just didn’t have the know how or the courage to start,

But I am glad I did, despite all the mistakes I made when I first started I have grown in leaps and bounds. If I never started I would never know just how much I love it.

So if you haven’t been following me on Social Media, now is the time to spill the beans. You will probably see me on television, making a fool of myself, and know it’s me anyway.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would have the guts to audition for a tv show. But one day on a whim I decided to fill out an application for Come Dine With Me.

My hubby and I always watch the show and we have good laughs. So I saw the ad, and on a whim, I completed the application.

I was questioned by my family as to whether I was crazy. ..haha! But I assured them it was just for fun and I doubt I was going to be successful with my application anyway.

However, to my surprise I was called within a few days. And as they say the rest is history.

Brace yourselves, I probably would not want to show my face again. But whether I look like a fool or not it took a lot of courage for me to do that.

If I can do crazy stuff, out of my comfort zone, so can you. We are always concerned about what the world thinks of us but life is too short to let the world dictate how we live.

I was always intrigued by reality shows so now I had first hand experience. It’s also something I can tick off my bucket list. 

Now back to my Pecan Shortbread Cookies. These cookies were buttery and crisp with some texture from the pecans, heavenly!

Ingredients Required

All you need for these Pecan Shortbread Cookies is butter, castor sugar, flour and pecan nuts. How easy is that!

I have tried making these cookies with brown sugar and castor sugar. My preference is definitely castor sugar.

The castor sugar makes the cookies crisp whilst the brown sugar makes it more crumbly textured. It’s all about preference.

The Cookie Dough

When adding the flour please do not add it all at once. Flour should always be added little bits at a time because sometimes you may need less or more.

In Winter flour is dry and in Summer flour has more moisture, it absorbs moisture from the humid air. Weather can therefore also affect the quantity of flour required.

When mixing the cookie dough it may seem a little crumbly at first but as you mix it will come together. You will require a firm,but not stiff dough. 

The dough should be almost like play dough. So when adding flour please bare this in mind.


There’s nothing more delicious than using real butter in cookies. Although I understand butter can be expensive I would rather make small quantities and enjoy them rather than not use butter.

You will find my cookies made in small batches. However, the recipes can easily be doubled.

If you do try these cookies please drop me a comment and a star rating, it is always appreciated.

More Cookie Recipes to try:

Mock Romany Creams Biscuit

Mock Royal Cream Biscuit

Easy Eggless Sugar Cookies

Pecan Nut Shortbread Cookies

Buttery, Crisp shortbread cookies, you won't get enough of it
Course Sweet Treat
Keyword chocolate chip shortbread cookies, cookie recipes, pecan cookies, pecan nut shortbread cookies, quick and easy recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refrigeration Time 1 hour
Servings 20


  • 125 gram/1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1 cup + 3 tbsp cake wheat or all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecan nuts toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecan nuts (optional)
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar (optional)


  • Beat the butter and sugar until creamy
  • Add the flour, little bits at a time until the dough comes together. Add the 3 tablespoons only if required
  • Mix in the pecan nuts. Roll the dough into a log. If you wish you can roll the dough in more pecan nuts. This is optional. Wrap in some wax paper, like a sweet wrapper
  • Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius
  • Cut the dough into pieces, about 1cm thickness. Place on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes or until it's golden brown on the edges
  • Store in an airtight container


  1. Always add flour, little bits at atime, when baking cookies. In winter flour is drier than in summer so this affects the quantity you may require.
  2. Although margarine can be used for cookies, butter definitely is tastier and the better option
  3. You can roll the cookies in some sugar if you wish. I only used about a tablespoon and sprinkled some on top too.




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Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Hi there. When will you be on Come dine with me or will you post when it will be aired. l would love to watch. l simply love your recipes l do try most of them. Thanks Charmaine


Thursday 13th of May 2021

Hi Charmaine! It will be aired on 2 June, I am super nervous but you can have a laugh:-)

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