“Quick and Easy – Shortbread Nuggets”


Hands-On Time – 5 Mins

 – Total Time – 20 Mins – Yield – About 5 dozen

These are, hands down, the best easy shortbread we’ve ever made. No rolling necessary; no pressing into a pan necessary. Make these once and you’ll likely commit the recipe to memory. These shortbread nuggets are also a great way to get kids (or less adept adults) to help in the kitchen. Whip up a batch of the dough, then set your assistant to work, breaking off bite-size pieces before baking. Consider these the new break-n-bake.


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into ½-in. pieces
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine flour, butter, sugar, pecans, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl. Using your hands, work butter into dry ingredients until crumbly. Continue to work dough until it comes together when squeezed in your palm.

Step 2

Break off bite-size pieces of dough (they will look imperfect) and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden and dry, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool completely before serving or packaging.


“Quick and Easy – – can be made  all the while you have uninvited company – – and want them to try something nice and sweet – and so easy to treat them with these  little nuggets of gold!” 


“Just bet –  that they will ask  YOU,  for the recipe, too!”

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