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You might have noticed that I’ve been on a cookie marathon this month, posting 9 holiday cookie recipes in the month of December alone! Today’s beautiful chocolate dipped pecan shortbread cookies might be my very last (10th!) Christmas recipe this season.

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This is one of the best shortbread recipes I’ve encountered, and I am definitely adding it to my Christmas cookie collection.
A couple of tips on how to make sure these cookies come out the way they are meant to be:
Tip #1. Make sure to toast the pecans, cool them off, grind them in the food processor and then add ground pecans to the cookie dough.

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Tip #2. For shortbread cookies, it’s very important to measure the flour correctly. Don’t pack flour into a measuring cup. Instead, fluff it up, scoop it into a measuring cup or sift it. If you don’t, you might end up with an overly crumbly dough.

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Tip #3. Remember that it’s a shortbread dough, so it’s supposed to be reasonably crumbly but not so crumbly that it’s impossible for you to roll it. You should be able to easily roll the dough into logs. Then, chilling these cookie dough logs in the freezer/refrigerator before slicing makes the job of slicing the cookies much easier!

Tip #4. Use serrated knife to slice the cookie logs to help avoid crumbling the cookie dough.

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Tip #5. Before putting the cookies in the oven, make sure the oven is preheated to the right temperature. Make sure not to bake the cookies too long – every oven is different, and your oven might bake these cookies faster than mine. Don’t let your cookies get brown – a little brown around the bottom edges is OK. If they are baked just right, they are light and so tasty. Let them cool on a baking sheet for a couple of minutes, then transfer cookies onto a wire rack to continue cooling.

Chocolate dipped pecan shortbread cookies

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 20 cookies

Chocolate dipped pecan shortbread cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely ground toasted pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ingredients for decorating:
  • 4 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, such as Lindt, chopped
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecans


  1. How to toast pecans: Toast pecans at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure they don’t burn – they burn easily. Cool them off completely. To make finely ground nuts, place toasted pecans into food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and continue beating. Add 1/2 cup finely ground pecans and beat to combine. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt, then add mixed flour and salt to the creamy butter-sugar mixture. Do not overmix, just enough to combine all ingredients and form a cookie dough.
  3. Shape dough into 4 logs of different thickness (to make cookies of different radius – large and small). Wrap each log in plastic wrap and put wrapped cookie dough in the freezer for 30 minutes, then in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 325. After cookie dough has been in the freezer and in the refrigerator, unwrap plastic and slice each log into thin cookie slices. Place cookie slices on parchment-lined ungreased baking sheet, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake for about 15 minutes, don’t let the cookies get brown. After about 15 minutes of baking, let cookies cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To decorate cookies, melt chocolate in a small skillet over medium heat, just until chocolate melts, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Using spatula, brush half of the cookie on one side only (no chocolate on the bottom of the cookie) and along the cookie side. Dip the chocolate side of the cookie into coarsely chopped pecans. Return to rack. If you like, You can leave some cookies just covered with chocolate, without pecan crumbs. You can also leave some cookies just plain (no chocolate, no pecans on top of chocolate). Repeat with remaining cookies. Let cookies dry on rack for at least 1 hour, for chocolate to harden.


Adapted from Epicurious




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  • [email protected] Riffs December 22, 2013, 2:25 pm

    I think it’s impossible to have too many cookie recipes! And I love anything with shortbread. Or pecans! These look wonderful – thanks.

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:44 pm

      I love shortbread too – one of my most favorite types of cookies!

  • Monique December 22, 2013, 2:57 pm

    I agree..I could never have too many cookie recipes..thanks for all the sharing and tips..
    See I like recipes betetr than shoes:)

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Monique! Having lots of shoes is not bad either! Happy Holidays!

  • [email protected] December 22, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Love all of your tips! I can never resist a shortbread cookie and these look extra delicious!

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Christin! Shortbread cookies are the best! Happy Holidays!

  • Ashley December 22, 2013, 5:20 pm

    I can never turn down shortbread – there is just something about it! Love this version with the pecans and dipped in chocolate – adds such a nice finishing touch! I still have so much holiday baking I want to do but I just don’t think it’s all going to happen!

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:43 pm

      Ashley, I did so much “in advance” holiday baking, I now have to actually do the real holiday baking, like today! 🙂 So that we have the cookies for Christmas and New Year’s!

  • Barb December 22, 2013, 6:57 pm

    These look just fantastic! I love all the colourful accents in the background!

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:42 pm

      Barb, I knew you would appreciate the colors in these photos! 🙂

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy December 22, 2013, 7:55 pm

    Yum! I love desserts with pecans.

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:42 pm

      Me too! 🙂 Happy Holidays, Matt!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures December 22, 2013, 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the great tips!

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:41 pm

      You’re welcome, Laura. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  • [email protected]'s Recipes December 23, 2013, 8:33 am

    I love how festive these cookies look!
    Have a great holiday season, Julia!

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:41 pm

      Happy Holidays, Angie!

  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com December 23, 2013, 8:38 am

    Christmas is the time for the triple C- “Christmas Cookie Collections” – so bring em on!
    I have been looking for a shortbread cookie recipe and these ones dipped in chocolate look ideal! Thanks for sharing Julia!

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:41 pm

      Shasha, you will love these cookies if you like shortbread and pecans! They are so good. Chocolate is perfect with this shortbread recipe.

  • Denise [email protected] Brazil To You December 23, 2013, 10:15 am

    I love the decor background…So festive! And oh, my! The cookies look quite scrumptious!!!! Merry Christmas and a happy 2014, Julia!

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:40 pm

      Denise, thank you! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too and best wishes in the New Year!

  • Diana December 23, 2013, 10:26 am

    These look wonderful! I love the dip in chocolate with nuts. Good luck in the New Year!

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:39 pm

      Thank you, Diana, they are so GOOD. If you like pecans – make these! 🙂 Best wishes to you too!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen December 23, 2013, 5:11 pm

    Shortbread cookies are perhaps my most favorite type of Christmas cookie! And, chocolate-y and nutty shortbread cookies are some of the best there are. Thank you for sharing all those great cookie baking tips, too. Best wishes to you and yours, Julia, for a meaningful and joyous Christmas holiday! xo P.S. I’m glad you found your Christmas tree ornaments to put your tree up this year!

    • Julia December 26, 2013, 3:01 pm

      Stacy, thank you for your always sweet comments! So glad we found our Christmas tree ornaments, literally at the last moment. We were about to have a very modest looking Christmas tree! 😉 Instead, we have a normal tree, festive and bright!

  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs December 23, 2013, 6:21 pm

    These look SO delicious! I made your hazelnut shorbread cookies yesterday and they were some of the most delicious cookies I’ve ever tasted. Now, I’m eager to try this recipe. They sound just as awesome as the hazelnut ones, yum! ;–)
    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Yelena December 23, 2013, 6:55 pm

    Another amazing cookie creation Julia! Wishing you a holiday full of snowflakes, mistletoe and sugar cookies!


  • Kumar's Kitchen December 23, 2013, 9:22 pm

    oh these cookies came out so beautifully…dipped them in dark chocolate and covered with sprinkles and nuts as shown….terrific recipe and a great post…thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 24, 2013, 3:12 am

    I love shortbread cookies dipped with chocolate. No words can describe how delicious it is. And adding pecan is just genius! Well done Julia! Have a great holiday and a fantastic week lady!

    • Julia December 26, 2013, 2:59 pm

      Thank you, Anne! Have fun during the holidays, all the best to you!

  • [email protected] December 24, 2013, 3:40 am

    Yummy cookies! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂 ela

    • Julia December 26, 2013, 2:59 pm

      Best holiday wishes to you, Ela! 🙂

  • Monica December 24, 2013, 4:14 pm

    Just wanted to say all these holiday cookies look wonderful! I love nonpareil sprinkles and anything dipped in chocolate and then coated with nuts. Beautiful! Happy Holidays!

    • Julia December 26, 2013, 2:59 pm

      Thanks, Monica! Happy Holidays!

  • Tash December 24, 2013, 5:12 pm

    Hi Julia!

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for popping by this year and thanks for providing lots of really delicious recipes this year. Your blog is a lovely, inspirational kind of foodie blog that I really do enjoy reading (I know that I would LOVE to be a house-guest of yours with these kinds of wonderful bakes on offer!*). I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.

    Best wishes,


    *P.s. May I suggest you consider opening a bakery? One that ships to the UK quickly 😀

    • Julia December 26, 2013, 3:27 pm

      Oh, Tash, always so good to hear from my British “blog” friend! 🙂 I love your blog so much, your thoughtful writing and inspiring photos! Would love to have you as a guest – you’d be a perfect person to have fun, interesting, and long conversations with and share good food with! 🙂

  • Farah @everylittlecrumb December 25, 2013, 12:02 am

    You’ve made cookie season so much more special with your mouthwatering recipes :). Merry Christmas Julia!

    • Julia December 26, 2013, 2:58 pm

      Thanks, Farah! Best holiday wishes to you!

  • Kammie @ Sensual Appeal December 25, 2013, 1:57 pm

    Oh my, how beautiful are these?! Merry Christmas to you and yours, love.

    • Julia December 26, 2013, 2:58 pm

      Thank you, Kammie!

  • Beth December 26, 2013, 5:42 am

    What a wonderful variation on shortbread! I think shortbread is my favourite Christmas cookie, and yours look delicious.

    • Julia December 26, 2013, 2:57 pm

      Shortbread is my favorite, too!

  • Daniela December 26, 2013, 2:14 pm

    These cookies are so festive and elegant!
    Amazing recipe and amazing presentation.
    Merry Christmas to you, Julia!

    • Julia December 26, 2013, 2:57 pm

      Thank you, Daniela!

  • Liz December 26, 2013, 9:11 pm

    I LOVE all your cookies!!! And these shortbread look divine!!! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

  • Layla @ Brunch Time Baker December 28, 2013, 8:49 am

    Amazing! Love these shortbread cookies! They are perfect for the holidays

  • Rachel Cotterill December 28, 2013, 9:13 am

    These look perfect! And not just for Christmas, I think 🙂

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 28, 2013, 5:15 pm

    I can never ever turn down a good shortbread cookie!!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 29, 2013, 1:45 pm

    These shortbread cookies look delicious, love that chocolate dipped side on each, might just have to share these with friends and by share I mean eat the chocolate side on each of them. 😉

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) January 1, 2014, 3:47 pm

    yayy more cookies!! I love how gorgeous and delicious these look!

  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant January 2, 2014, 10:45 am

    I love shortbread cookies, especially when pecans and chocolate are involved. Happy New Year, Julia!

  • Kevin @keviniscookin January 10, 2014, 7:36 pm

    These look amazing and I’m really liking the tips you included here. Making these this weekend. Great images again.


  • Theresa December 9, 2014, 12:47 pm

    I made several batches of these. First, there is no way you would get 3 log rolls off this one recipe. I tripled the ingredients to make 3 logs and they are still small cookies but probably like the picture. The cookies are easy enough to make but painting on the chocolate is very time consuming especially since I was making a lot of batches as Christmas gifts. I think you could just dip the top in the chocolate which I did try. I tripled the base recipe three times to make 9 log rolls to slice up. They are pretty cookies but they have no flavor. I know they are shortbread but I don’t taste anything when eating them. Only the chocolate if you eat that part. Other than that they have no flavor and i followed recipe exactly. Sorry but it’s like eating cardboard. No taste for a shortbread cookie. These did not make next years list.

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