Are you tired of cookies yet? Give me few more days and I’ll stop bombarding you with cookie post, I’m sorry but I’m really obsessed with making cooking especially during the holidays. So bear with me and join me as I enjoy my cookies. If you make it, then you can also have a taste of my life’s simple pleasure.
Today’s cookie is Shortbread Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies! Oh how I love shortbread cookies! They are classic and one of my all time favorite cookie, second to my BEST ever Chocolate Chip Cookie. And yes, it has chocolate chips as well because in my world, chocolate chips makes everything better.
This cookie is extra creamy and maybe unlike any other shortbread cookie that you have tried. That’s because I have a secret ingredient that I added in this shortbread, and that I will reveal in a while. This cookie is less sweet as compared to other cookies, but it has the same buttery taste that is a trademark of shortbread, because shortbread is all about butter and more butter. It cannot get any buttery than this, and we all know that the more butter the better it taste. But there’s more than just butter in this cookie, want to know what they are?
Why you should make this Shortbread Cookie?
Aside from the hints that I gave you that it taste absolutely crazy good? There’s more, because this cookie is extra special and unlike any other Shortbread Cookie that you’ve tried. Let’s check, shortbread is basically butter, sugar and flour. Done! That’s it! That’s the basic ingredient of shortbread however size or shape if come, but this cookie has more than just that.
First, it has bits and pieces of toasted crunchy pecans. I have to say that pecans gave this cookie a really good texture and crunch while still having the creamy smooth classic taste of shortbread.
Second, should I even mention the chocolate chips I’ve added? I was hesitant at first because I was thinking of maintaining the classic shortbread cookie, but then I decided to give it a go. I couldn’t be happier with my decision, as always, chocolate chips made this cookie taste 101% better. The dark chocolate taste perfectly complements the creamy and buttery taste of the cookie, although I didn’t have the doubt about that. I have always loved the combination of chocolate and shortbread just like Shortbread Cookie with Chocolate Ganache. You can never go wrong with adding chocolate chips, for me that’s a proven fact when it comes to my sweet treats.
Third reason, the secret ingredient made this cookie extra smooth and creamy. That ingredient is the cream cheese! Don’t worry, I did not add a block of cream cheese in this cookie, just 2 tbsp. but it goes a long way in making this cookie taste absolutely amazing! It gave the cookie a softer creamier texture, I just love it! I know that I said it’s optional, just because it’s only 2 tbsp. and sometimes it’s not worth buying the entire box just to use this small portion. You can totally omit it, but then you will miss the chance of tasting the BEST ever Shortbread Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie, why risk that? What you can do is make the remaining portion to make Blueberry Cheese Cake, my recipe is small batch and that would be perfect to use the remaining portion. So, just a suggestion, don’t skip the cream cheese, because what made this cookie the best shortbread is the combination of toasted Pecan + Chocolate Chip + Cream Cheese. The combination of these three is a match made in heaven.
Last but not the least, and could be the most important factor why you should make this cookie, its super easy! A cookie that taste this great can actually be done in 30 minutes or maybe less. All the ingredients are basic, the steps are so simple, and the batter do not require chilling. So you get to bake it immediately, no wait needed. No wait also means you get to enjoy it sooner than later. How wonderful is that?
Have I given you enough reason already? Holiday baking is not the same without making this Shortbread Pecan Cookies, it’s a must, just like Chocolate Chip Cookie is also a must. Have you made those yet? They’re really the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies ever! No kidding. If I count my MUST have cookies for the holidays I’ll probably have a dozen or more, that’s how crazy I am when it comes to cookies. This is really simple and easy, so let me show you how to do it. Let’s get started!
How to freeze baked and unbaked cookie
I created a separate post that discusses How to Freeze Cookie Dough. Check it out as it covers the basic information that you need to know, and they are very handy. The post covers briefly the following:
- Why freeze cookie dough?
- What kind of cookies are best for freezing?
- What are the cookies to avoid freezing
- How long can you freeze a cookie dough?
- Freezing baked cookies
- How to freeze cookie dough?
- Baking Frozen Cookie dough
- Freezing decorated cookies
- 1/3 cup toasted chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 2 tbsp cream cheese – at room temperature
- 1/3 cup sugar (plus more for coating) – If you prefer a sweeter cookie, add 2 tbsp more sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips – optional
- chocolate chunks for toppings – optional
Note: If you do not have cream cheese, you can skip it but use only 1 cup only of flour.
- Preheat over to 375F.
- On a baking sheet, toast pecans about 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Let cool, then chop to smaller pieces but not too fine to give the cookie crunch.
- With an electric mixer, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light, about 1 minute.
- Add in salt, vanilla, flour and baking powder scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Manually fold in pecans and chocolate chips.
- Divide dough into 8 pieces; squeeze down to shape into balls. I used a small glass to flatten it into a disk.
- Place 3 inches apart, on a baking sheet topped with parchment paper. Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass (reshape sides if necessary).
- Bake for 15-17 minutes until sides are slightly brown but center still soft, rotating halfway for even baking.
- Cool cookies on a wire tack.
Makes 8 cookies (or more if smaller size)
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