Tuesdays with Dorie: Pecan Butterscotch Shortbreads from Dorie’s Cookies

Pecan Butterscotch cookies on a black plate.This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies is a lovely light shortbread with loads of flavour: Pecan Butterscotch Shortbreads.

Dorie says:

There are certain ingredients that can only be described as warm. For me, brown sugar and vanilla are warm flavors; butter is too; and nuts, if they’re toasted, can be as well. All of these ingredients, along with Scotch whiskey and best-quality milk or white chocolate, are in these cookies, and they’re what make these tender, just a bit chewy shortbreads.

Dorie’s recipe makes 40 but because we’re coming up to December and I’m working on a ton of recipes for my “12 Days of Holiday Treats”, I certainly didnt need 40 extra cookies so I made 14 of the recipe – a nice amount for a little treat through the week but not overwhelming (and totally do-able if you have a scale for the ingredients (<< affiliate link but this is the scale I use!).

This dough is interesting – it comes together like chocolate chip cookie dough – it’s fairly sticky – but you roll it out and chill it for a good long time. Then you use cookie cutters to cut out the cookies and place them in a muffin tin to bake up perfectly round (again, affiliate links but again, these are the exact products I use and swear by)! I used white chocolate and walnuts because that’s what I had on hand. I didn’t use whiskey (as it was only going to be 1/2 tablespoon for 10 cookies) and wonder if it would have made them taste more “butterscotchy”? These were delightful in flavour and texture but not what I would call “butterscotch”/

The cookies cut out pretty thick but they spread slightly in the bake process to form a cookie that’s crispy on the outside and a little chewy on the inside (don’t cut them too thin otherwise they will just be crispy disks) – so good and so more-ish (they are only small so…).

Another winner from Dorie!

Close up of Dorie Greenspan's Pecan Butterscotch Shortbreads.

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Pecan Butterscotch Shortbreads from Dorie’s Cookies on p 194 of Dorie’s Cookies!

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4 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie: Pecan Butterscotch Shortbreads from Dorie’s Cookies”

  1. Scaling back is a good thing this time of year, although I have cached some in the freezer for cookie trays in December. You know, we could not really detect the whiskey in the cookie, so I am wondering if it had another purpose other than just taste. Your cookies look lovely, a beautiful color. Nice post!


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