Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sticky Date Pecan Shortbreads

Posted by -Angela/Soap Mom's Kitchen

 I don't know about you, but this is one of my favorite cookies and I was very pleased with the challenge. After seeing Vivian's shortbreads, I felt so inspired that I got to work as soon as possible.  I even have the flu and that couldn't stop me. 

Now, I originally came across this recipe in the Farmer's Journal in a publication that was from the 60's. This particular publication has some scrumptious recipes that I hold close to my heart. Also, Ina Garten has the same shortbread recipe as well.  I must confess I have made this recipe before. I decided to do a variation from the original and have done so over a dozen times, but this variation is totally new. I added pecans and dried dates, frosted the tops with premium white chocolate and for good measure added more chopped pecans and dates. I was very pleased, indeed. As a matter of fact, I could not stop eating them. I am planning on giving the rest away later today.

I am definitely making these closer to Christmas and giving them out as gifts. I hope you all will love them as much as I do.

adapted from The Farmer's Journal and Ina Garten
3 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 T. vanilla extract (Ina Garten adds 1 tsp., I went  with The Farmer's Journal and add a Tablespoon)
pinch salt
3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup pecans (measurement before chopping)
3/4 cup dried dates (measurement before chopping)

Cream butter with sugar, until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and pinch salt, cream. Add flour until well incorporated. Chop pecans and dates very finely in food processor. Add to cookie dough, blend well.

Flour a wooden board roll out into a 9 inch disc and cut into triangles with a pizza cutter.  You can also make the circle smaller.  It is really up to you.

Arrange on parchment and bake for approx. 25 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool on cookie rack.

Melt 2 cups premium white chocolate.
Chop in food processor another 3/4 cups pecans and 1/2 cup dates to a semi-fine crumb.

Frost each cooled cookie and sprinkle with date/pecan mixture. Cool in fridge to harden chocolate quicker.
Makes about 30 cookies


Rena said...

OMG! White chocolate, dates and pecans?! That sounds heavenly! Beautiful. :)

pfeffernc said...

Yum! Those look delicious. I would have to give them away also. Those will make a wonderful gift! said...

Lokks really tasty and so delectable.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

This is a rather unique recipe! I haven't seen something like it before. Looks delicous.

Colleen said...

Mmmmmmmm...those look great!!!

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

these look yummy. I have several favorite recipes that are of old cookbooks and clippings. Great job.