Back in August I was excited when the brand new Great British Bake Off book to accompany series 5 came out: The Great British Book Of Baking. Being at home for the summer holidays off work from my teaching assisting and teaching I have more time to bake and enjoy my obsession. Biscuits and cookies are my absolute favourites to bake but unfortunately they don’t do much good for my figure though. I couldn’t resist creating these little lovelies though.
In the Biscuits and Traybakes chapter of the book there is a wonderful recipe for Pecan Shorties. As I love shortbread biscuits, pecans and plain chocolate, this combination sounded wonderful. I just HAD to try these out!
The weather was cold and rainy, the kids were up in their rooms doing what teenagers do so I set to in my kitchen to try and create something magic. First things first was to chop and lightly toast the pecan nuts.
Once this was done I creamed butter and icing sugar together in a large mixing bowl. The icing sugar instead of caster sugar gives it a lovely crumbly but short texture. After that I added in some vanilla extract then some plain flour until it was mixed into a dough. The pecans were folded into the dough last of all.
The dough was then carefully divided into twenty pieces. Each piece was then rolled into a ball and placed well apart on a lined baking sheet. The cookies were flattened slightly and then baked in the oven for roughly between 12-15 minutes. I kept a close eye on the oven- nothing worse than burnt cookies!
Once the finished cookies were out of the oven I let them cool on my wire rack and then melted some chocolate to dip the shortbreads into. I used a bar of dark chocolate which was about 70% cocoa solids (Green and Blacks). I then let the chocolate set on the cookies before telling my kids there were cookies around!
I’m ashamed to say I pigged out on these beauties. I couldn’t stop at one and they were delicious. I’d love to try them again but this time using chopped stem ginger instead of pecan nuts. Or white chocolate would be a great variation!
Love Sam xx