A cherished and easy shortbread cookie, these Cocoa Nibby Pecan Shortbread Cookies make a generous homemade gift or a festive treat to welcome guests. Make ahead easy and a long storage life make these cookies SO convenient.
It’s cookie season and y’all know what that means: shortbread cookies 24/7!
OMG. They are my absolute favorite. But I gotta pace myself, else I won’t even be able to fit into my stretchy pants!
But this is just one of the many that I call my favorite. There are SO many!
I’ve written about my love affair with shortbread when I posted these mouthwatering recipes:
- Hazelnut Shortbread with Ganache Sandwich Cookies
- Bourbon Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Cocoa Nib Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread is like a blank canvas to create with the flavors you love. I’ve even seen shortbread go savory!
The varieties are endless.
Shortbread is not typically overly sweet. Rather, the proportion of ingredients allow key flavors to shine, rather than being doused in so much sugar you can hardly taste the butter or inclusions.
InBourbon Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookiesthe vanilla beans and bourbon are highlighted. And in theseDark Chocolate Cocoa Nib Shortbread Cookiesthe bittersweet chocolate is balanced with the crunchy bitter nibs and just enough sugar to pull the cookies out of thetoo bitterrange.
The idea for this recipe came from Alice Medrich’sBittersweet.我偏离了她的食谱replaci仅略ng part of the all purpose flour with white whole wheat flour, baking the cookies longer and using a tried and true method of chilling and finishing the cookies in raw sugar. Something ingrained from my former days in pastry school.
For the fullest flavor development, make these cookies at least one day before you need them, rest the dough in the fridge overnight, then slice and bake the following day. The cocoa nibs infuse these cookies with their bittersweet notes and, even better, their flavor improves over time.
A Few Recipe Notes
- Plan ahead!These cookies need to rest at least two hours in the fridge prior to cutting and baking. However, they can be made up to two days ahead and refrigerated or up to a month and frozen!
- Make ahead!Shortbread has a long shelf stable life, so they make perfect make ahead cookies to ship to your first cousin once removed! They stay fresh for up to two weeks when tightly wrapped.
- Anexternal oven thermometerwill ensure the oven is at the proper temperature. Proper oven temperature is super important in baking, especially when baking shortbread.
More Shortbread Recipes to Love
- Hazelnut Shortbread with Salted Ganache Sandwich Cookies
- Bourbon Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies
- Vegan Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
- DarkChocolateCocoa Nib Shortbread Cookies
Cocoa Nibby Pecan Shortbread Cookies
- 1C (112g)Pecan Halves
- 2Sticks (16 Tbs/226g)Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 3/4C (170g)Cane Sugar
- 1/4tspSea Salt
- 1TbsBourbon, *see note
- 2 1/2tspVanilla Extract
- 1/3C (40g)Cocoa Nibs
- 1C (170g)All Purpose Flour
- 1C (170g)White Whole Wheat Flour,aka Ivory Wheat Flour
- 1Egg separated, use whites for egg wash save the yolk for scrambled eggs
Preheat oven to 325F (163C). Spread the pecans on a cookie sheet and toast for about 8 minutes or until fragrant. Allow to cool, then chop into small pieces.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, cane sugar, sea salt and vanilla bean extract. Mix on medium for about 2 minutes or until smooth (not fluffy), stopping to scrape bowl at least once. Add the bourbon and mix again on medium for about 30 seconds, or until incorporated. Scrape down bowl. Add the cocoa nibs and pecans and mix on low until just incorporated. Scrape down bowl. Add the flour all at once, pulse to start, then mix on medium until the dough forms somewhat of a ball on the paddle and has pulled away from sides of the bowl.
On a floured work surface, dump out dough and divide in half. Shape each clump into a log, 2" (5cm) thick, gently rolling and adding flour as needed so it wont stick to you or the work surface. You'll want to make sure a hollow doesn't develop in the center of the log as this will create a hole in the middle of the cookie. It this occurs, use your rolling pin to beat and condition the dough, then reroll pinching where needed to avoid the dreaded hollow log! Once the log is shaped, wrap each log in plastic wrap. Carefully place in refrigerator on a flat surface for at least two hours or up to two days.
At this point the dough can be frozen for up to two months. Be sure to double wrap the logs if freezing.
Remove the log(s) from the refrigerator, unwrap the log. Using a pastry brush, brush a thin layer of egg white all over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle the log with raw sugar, rolling it as needed to cover the surface areas.
Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Using a serrated knife, cut the cookies 1/4" (6mm) thick, without sawing but rather with a firm cut down. Place on sheet pan with at least 1" (2 1/2 cm) between cookies. Place back in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes (do not skip this step or the cookies will spread). Preheat oven to 325F (163C).
烘烤饼干途径的分钟或至金黄,圣arting to check on them at about 24 minutes due to oven variations. They'll be darker on the bottom than the top when done. Remove from oven and using an offset spatula, carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. They'll crisp up as they cool.
Store in a covered container at room temperature for up to two weeks.