Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Pecan-Butterscotch Shortbread

November 2, 2021 at 8:11 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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pecan-butterscotch shortbreads

I’ve been working on another recipe testing job for an upcoming cookbook, and my diet over the past two weeks has been largely puff pasty-based. In an effort to get all my nutrients, I did manage to clear some time and an oven rack to squeeze in these Pecan-Butterscotch Shortbreads. These crispy, buttery, brown sugary rounds have bits of toasted pecans and milk chocolate, and a nip of Scotch (or rum because I don’t have any) to boot.

I don’t think I’ve met a Dorie shortbread that I didn’t love, and these are no exception, but the full recipe makes forty cookies. That’s probably thirty more than two people need to be eating in a “normal” week, much less a week of countless other baked goods. Also, these are made in a muffin tin, and there’s no way I’m doing four rounds of baking in the one tin I have. I scaled back the recipe and just made a quarter of the dough to get ten cookies. I also didn’t bother with the rolling and cutting step…I scooped the dough into my muffin tin and gave each cookie a little pat down to flatten and fill the cavities. I took some shortcuts, but I don’t think they hurt anything…in fact, these are so tasty, I’ll probably have an empty cookie tin in no time and wish I’d made more!

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Ok! I noticed right away yours would be great! So this is where all your expertise shines…I made these already and the ones that were the best were the two I made using the scrapes I didn’t want to re roll and just pushed in the tin! They were better because they were thicker and also more chewy. I was thinking if I made them again I would make them that way…just like you did instinctively 😍😂. These were really delicious…everyone loved them…even the thinner ones! Haha

    • Yes, they are thicker because you aren’t leaving behind the scrap (although I guess I could have actually done them as 11 or 12 cookies, but I like them chubbier, too). I really don’t like rolling out cookie dough!

  2. I’m here for the shortcut tips!!! These look great!

  3. Good to know about scaling back as I need to do that as well more times than not these days. Yours look wonderful and that tin photo just makes me excited for Christmas cookie tins!

  4. Looks really tasty!

  5. These look delicious Steph. I am with you on the numbers of cookies so I will definitely only make a quarter batch.

  6. Glad that you liked these. I will have to keep them on the thick side as that seems to be the preference of the group.

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