TWD Rewind: Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

January 30, 2018 at 8:42 am | Posted in BFMHTY, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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brown sugar-pecan shortbread

So, ten years ago at the start of January, my buddy Laurie started Tuesdays with Dorie to bake her way through the copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours  that she’d just received for Christmas. What could have been a perfectly fun solo project turned into an even more fun international group bake-along. I have no idea anymore how I first heard about the group (except to say that the food blogging world was much smaller ten years ago), but I jumped on immediately and over the course of several years baked (and took many blurry photos of) every recipe in BFMHTY. Well almost…the very first recipe that Laurie chose to tackle from the book, the Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread Cookies, went unmade by me. And since I was so very close to book completion, it had been nagging at me ever since I put BFMHTY back on the shelf and moved on to BWJ, BCM and DC.

It may take enduring ten years of vague, low-level guilt for me to get around to doing something, but here those cookies are. I made a quarter recipe and instead of rolling the dough and cutting it into squares, I patted it out into a six-inch cake pan lined with parchment. Then I cut my round into wedges while it was still hot with a bench scraper. These are nice and sandy, a little nutty and a little caramely. Book done, guilt gone and cookies on the counter. All’s well.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or find it here.


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  1. They look just perfect and must feel like a task well accompanied! So it was Laurie and you who started the whole thing. A task well accomplished!and thanks!

    • Laurie started it and I tagged along almost from the start. It’s been so fun to bake along with others each week!

  2. That must feel so satisfying to have finished every recipe in a book and to have started something that became so popular! I find it easier to attempt new recipes because I’m not the only one and it’s so much easier and more fun to bake along with other fellow bakers. So, cheers and thank you!

  3. Thank you for sharing your history with the group and continuing the legacy. I am glad you have a sense of completion now. I have the same feeling about Around My French Table as that was the first book I started with the group.

  4. These cookies look fantastic and well worth the wait.

  5. All’s well indeed! These look amazing and congrats oncoming through all of TWD!

  6. Beautiful as usual! Thanks for the background info!! I started way back when…with BWJ when I found it in an Oprah Magazine :). I have loved being part of it ever since!!

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