Bourbon Pecan Shortbread
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon bourbon whiskey
1/4 cup pecans
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Grind the nuts with 1/2 cup flour in a food processor. Pulse on and
off till the nuts are ground to a fine crumb. Add the rest of the
flour and the cornstarch. Pulse to mix.
In a separate bowl, cream the butter or margarine. Mix in the
confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and bourbon. Work in the flour mixture.
Knead the dough until smooth.
Lightly spray your shortbread pan, or an 8 inch round pan, with
a vegetable oil spray. Firmly press the dough into the pan, working
from the center out. Poke the shortbread all over with a fork.
Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 35 minutes, or till lightly
browned. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Loosen the edges with a
knife, and flip the pan over onto a cutting board. Tap lightly to
loosen from pan. Cut into serving pieces while still warm.
Makes 3 dozen