Browned Butter-Pecan Shortbread

butter pecan shortbread and coffee

Pour yourself a tall cup of coffee or tea and sit down to enjoy browned-butter pecan shortbread from Southern Living: Classic Southern Desserts Minimal effort stands between you and crumbly, sweet, nutty delight.

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Recipe Facts

Active: 40 mins
Total: 6 hrs
Serves: 126 servings

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  • 1 1/2 cups butter, cut into pieces

  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped toasted pecans


  1. Cook butter in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until butter begins to turn golden brown. Remove pan from heat immediately, and pour butter into a shallow dish. Do not cover. Chill 1 hour or until butter is cool and begins to solidify.

  2. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugars, beating until smooth. Gradually add flour to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in pecans.

  3. Shape dough into 4 (8-inch) logs. Wrap logs tightly in plastic wrap, and chill 4 hours or until firm.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Cut logs into 3/4-inch-thick rounds; place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks, and let cool completely.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
47 Calories
3g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 126
Amount per serving
Calories 47
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 11mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)