Friday, June 21, 2013

Butter Pecan Shortbread Sandwiches with Browned Butter Toffee Crunch Filling

by Darla

Butter Pecan Shortbread Sandwiches with Browned Butter Toffee Crunch Filling by ©BakingdomDon’t you love those days that you plan to go out, do a little shopping, maybe run some errands – just have a girl’s day out? I do. I usually plan mine in advance. I’m OCD like that.

My plan for today was to make a run to the mall to exchange some shoes, return (really that just means exchange) some clothes, grab something for lunch that I didn’t have to cook myself, snag a treat at Starbucks, and send some fun trinkets to one of my friends.

I’ve been planning it all week.

I went to the garage to put all of my bags in the car. Except it wasn’t there. The Hubster’s motorcycle sure was, but not my Firebolt. :/

Guess who decided he wanted to take the car today?

Mm hmm.

Except I told him last night I’d be running errands today.

And you know what he said?

He said he had a close call on his motorcycle yesterday, and just wanted to drive the car today.

So I can’t even be mad at him.

I guess that just means I get to stay home and eat his cookies.

I originally made these cookies for the Hubster for Father’s Day. His love of shortbread is no secret, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that these were perfect for his Dad’s Day dessert.

He loved them so much that he asked me to make them again this past Wednesday. So I did. :)

Pecan Shortbread with Browned Butter Toffee Filling by ©BakingdomLet me tell you about the frosting in these cookies. Oh, the frosting in these cookies. This was the first time that I used browned butter in frosting.

I don’t know what I was waiting for. It’s incredible! It’s like creamy caramel buttercream, except even easier. Pure amazingness.

And then I added toffee bits. I’m brilliant like that.

Browned Butter Toffee Filled Pecan Shortbread Sandwiches by ©BakingdomToffee on top, toffee in the frosting. Browned butter frosting and pecan filled shortbread. Those are the bits and pieces in an equation where the answer is ‘perfection’.

Butter Pecan Browned Butter Toffee Crunch Sandwiches by ©BakingdomSeriously, the buttery, sandy texture of the cookies with the creamy, caramel-y frosting, all punctuated by sweet bits of crunchy toffee. P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N.

Enjoy!

Butter Pecan Shortbread Sandwiches {Printable Version}
with Browned Butter Toffee Crunch Filling {Printable Version}
Makes about 16 2.5-inch cookies, depending on thickness

Ingredients

FOR THE SHORTBREAD
1 cup (2 sticks or 226 grams) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans (more or less, to taste)

crushed toffee pieces (or Heath Bits o’ Brickle), for garnish

FOR THE FILLING
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, browned and cooled to room temperature
2 cup confectioners’ sugar (unsifted)
1 tablepsoon heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
3/4 cup crushed toffee pieces (or Heath Bits o’ Brickle)

To make the cookies: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat mats; set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the salt and flour and continue beating until everything is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles wet sand with large clumps. Stir in the pecans until evenly distributed.

Using your hands, press all of the crumbs together in the bowl until it all forms a cohesive dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the cookies out to desired thickness (I did 1/4 of an inch). Cut with desired cookie cutter and place on prepared cookie sheet, about 1.5-inches apart. Sprinkle half of the cookies with toffee bits. Bake for about 15 minutes (for 1/4-inch thickness; adjust time for thicker cookies).

Allow to cool completely before frosting or serving.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter on medium high speed for about 30 seconds. Add the sugar, about 1/2 of a cup at a time, and beat on medium speed until combined. The mixture may be quite dry. Stir in the salt, cream, and vanilla extract until combined. If the frosting is too dry, add more cream until desired consistency is reached. If it’s too runny, beat in more sugar, as needed. Mix on medium high speed for 5 minutes, until fluffy and very light in color. Stir in the toffee bits until evenly distributed.

Assemble: Turn the plain cookies over so they are bottoms up (leave the toffee-topped cookies alone). Place a generous serving of frosting on each upturned cookie, spreading it to the edges. Place a toffee-topped cookie on top of each frosted cookies, pressing down gently.

Serve immediately, and store leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week.

Recipes by Darla

Delicious Butter Pecan Shortbread by ©Bakingdom

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @themoonblushbaker June 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

Toffee is the best in cookies. I can not wait to make these with my dad!

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2 Zainab @ Blahnik baker June 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I love your photos! The addition of toffee is awesome. I bet this frosting will be great on cupcakes too…need to try it.

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3 Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner June 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Yes please! I love anything that involves shortbread. Pinned and trying. :)

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4 Gemma June 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

When I read the tittle I started drooling…but when I saw the pictures…then, I fell in love! Oh my goodness, these sandwiches look beyond delicious! :-)
Yummy yum!

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5 Becca from Cookie Jar Treats June 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Oh I really like toffee bits! And the frosting looks very nice and fluffy :)

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6 Kerri June 22, 2013 at 1:53 am

How thick did you roll the dough? It seems to have omitted that bit.

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7 Darla June 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I did mine at about 1/4-inch thickness. I’ve fixed it within the post. Sorry about that!

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8 linda June 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

these look great! toffee adds that bit of yummy crunch :p

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9 Rue June 23, 2013 at 10:03 am

This looks so amazing! But when do you add the pecans to the dough? When you add the flour and salt?

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10 Nessa June 23, 2013 at 10:29 am

Mmmm…you are brilliant like that! :)

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11 Miss Messy June 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Browned butter toffee crunch filling!? Oh my gosh!!

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12 shelly (cookies and cups) June 25, 2013 at 6:29 am

These cookies aren’t a very nice thing to do to a girl who is trying to fit into a swimsuit.

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