Pecan Shortbread Sugarless

This recipe was adapted from the shortbread recipe at Joy of Baking site.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), room temperature NO SUBSTITUTIONS
  • 1/4 cup Splenda (or 2/3 sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract , not imitation
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans


  1. Mix flours and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar.  Add vanilla and continue mixing until light and fluffy.
  3. Slowly add flour mixture and stir until incorporated.  Add pecans.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator (to firm) for at least one hour.
  5. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  6. Roll out dough into 1/4 inch thick in a floured surface.  Using cookie cutters, cut out cookies and place in parchment lined baking sheets.
  7. Place cut cookies in refrigerator for 10 minutes so  shape will be retained during baking.
  8. Bake in oven for 15 – 18 minutes or until light brown.  Bake longer if you want it crisp and crumbly until a darker brown.
  9. Cool in wire rack.

Can be stored at room temperature or frozen.

To toast pecans, place in baking sheet  and bake in 350 degree oven for 5 minutes until lightly brown.


  • Adding rice flour changed the texture of the shortbread, which is what I was hoping for.  It had a little more “grain” than the regular shortbread.  You can certainly use just all purpose flour to get that buttery, smooth texture.
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» peabody said: { Dec 1, 2008 - 01:12 }

The shortbread looks wonderful.

» Megan said: { Dec 30, 2008 - 10:12 }

These things are just sooo good. I’ve never made them myself but the recipe seems easy enough! Thanks for sharing!

» Natasha - 5 Star Foodie said: { Jan 14, 2009 - 10:01 }

These cookies look delicious! Thanks for the friend add on Foodbuzz! Looking forward to sharing.

» virtual chef said: { Jan 14, 2009 - 07:01 }

you’re welcome! thanks for stopping by. can’t wait to try your cauliflower veloute!!

» pigpigscorner said: { Jan 22, 2009 - 04:01 }

They look delicious!

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