Sunday, November 22, 2009

Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookies Recipe

These. cookies. are. delicious.  End of Story.  You must have these Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookies on your holiday trays, or just make them because you need something yummy to eat!  You know the classic Snowball Cookies, aka—Mexican Wedding Cookies and Russian Teacake Cookies?  That’s pretty much these but kicked up a notch with toffee pieces.  Delicious!  I have also made these with just toffee pieces and mini chocolate chips.  Also de-lish.  But I forgot to photograph them and I gave them all away.  Well, okay, I tasted one, too.  ;)

I found the recipe/idea for these cookies at Susan’s Farmgirl Fare.  I never realized Susan is just a hop, skip and a jump from me here, but I’ve been enjoying her photographic blog for a while now and she always has yummy food and recipes to share.  Susan adapted this recipe for somewhere else, you can check out her link and see her shortbread cookies, too. 

After making some just like hers, with the toffee and mini chocolate chips (and forgetting to photograph them), I decided to try them with toffee and pecans. 

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Hi, there, very yummy cookies!

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I must tell you, these were very good with the mini chocolate chips, but I made some for my mom, who doesn’t eat chocolate and shipped them to her.  And I meant to take half the dough with the toffee and pecans and add some chocolate chips, but alas, I forgot to do that.  So I decided to dip some of the cookies in melted chocolate.  They looked great and tasted even better! 

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I dipped a bunch of them half way in the melted chocolate (I used some of the Scharffen Berger chocolate they gave us at the Food BlogHer Conference in San Francisco in September—hello—amazing chocolate!)  When I started running out of enough chocolate to keep dipping them, I drizzled a few with the remaining melted chocolate.  Now I love a darn good chocolate chip cookie, you all know that, but these just might be right up there as one of my favorite cookies.  And they are quite dangerous to have around!  I love giving these away, saves me from having to do two hours on the treadmill every day instead of just one.  Sigh.

You want the recipe?  Okay, okay.  Calm down.  Here it is.

Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookies, adapted by Katrina Smith

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped and every so slightly toasted

3/4 cup English toffee bits, such as Heath

1 oz. good quality chocolate, melted (optional) or add mini chocolate chips to the dough

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.

Cream the butter and powdered sugar together until smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Beat in the vanilla, then add the flour and salt just until combined.  Stir in the pecans, toffee (and chocolate chips, if adding). 

Form into small balls (1/2 oz. each) and place on baking sheet.  (They don’t spread too much, so you can do at least 20 per sheet.)  I flattened them slightly with a flat glass lightly coated with powdered sugar, but you don’t have to do that.

Bake until the edges are just starting to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.  (I baked mine 13:30 minutes.)  Cool on wire rack.  Melt chocolate in microwave safe glass dish in 15-20 second intervals, stirring in between each time, until smooth.  Dip half of cooled cookies in chocolate.  Set on waxed paper lined plate.  Cool until chocolate is hardened. (I got 43 half ounce cookies.)

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You know you want some of these!  Oh and a very famous chef, Paige Vandegrift, (hehe) told me she likes to grind the pecans with the flour in a food processor to give them an even finer texture making them even more light and more tender and I can’t wait to try that sometime!

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19 comments:

Chocolaty Lifestyle said...

I love toffee, what a great idea to put them in cookies! Must be really delicious! :)

Marthe said...

OOO, these look delicious, just the thing for my '12 Days of Christmas Cookies'!

Just one question: the toffee, should it be hard of soft candy? We don't have Heath English toffee bits, so I have no idea if it's soft or hard!

♥peachkins♥ said...

mouth watering!

Donna-FFW said...

How funny, these are on my list to try, Ive seen them on a few blogs, and my sister actually made them and they were a huge hit. Yours look lovely. Cant go wrong with toffee and shortbread. Dipped in chocolate is a bonus.

Amanda said...

Wow Katrina those look and sound wonderful! Bet my hubby would love these and I think I might have some toffee chips!

Farmgirl Susan said...

Your cookies are beautiful! I love the idea of making them with toffee and pecans - and I'm not even a pecan fan. I bet that's a great combination. So glad you enjoyed the recipe. :)

Amy said...

Ummmm. WOW! Those sound and look incredible! Definitely giving these a try!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I love this kind of cookies that a nice base for adding yummy stuff. And what could be better that toffee, pecan AND chocolate? The ones dipped in chocolate would be my favourite one (surprise!!!) Wait, did I get that right, your mom doen't eat chocolate?

Valerie said...

I've made her cookies a few times too. Oh so good!!! I plan on making them to mail since they stay fresh for several days. Nice to know they worked well when you shipped them.

Megan said...

Oh yeah - I just finished a 10 mile bike ride, one of those cookies would be perfect right about now.

Unplanned Cooking said...

I am all about toffee! I never realized how many different types of food I liked until I started reading food blogs.

Nina said...

You had me at "toffee pecan". These looks SCRUMPTIOUS, Katrina! They would definitely be a hit in my house. And the half-dipped in chocolate? Yummo.

Barbara Bakes said...

I love anything kicked up a notch with toffee pieces! These look fabulous! Bookmarking!

Nick said...

What a great combo and while I love chocolate I think they might even be better without!

Cate O'Malley said...

Love toffee in cookies - these look delish!

jillbert said...

I really love shortbread cookies, and the addition of toffee pieces sounds sooo good! I made some shortbread with pecans for Christmas last year, but I think these are going on the baking list for this year. I know they'll be a hit with my family!

Kayte said...

You are right, I must make these for the cookie trays, with and without the chocolate! That way I can have some! Great photos.

LilSis said...

I can't wait to try these! I'll have to give most of them away also because I LOVE toffee and I try not to make cookies that I LOVE because it's too much of a test of willpower not to eat them all myself.

Sweet and Savory said...

What a fantastic idea to dip those cookies into chocolate. Making better even better.