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I'm sure you'll all join me in giving the Autumn season a big 'Hello!' 'Welcome!' and 'I love you!' Yes, it's finally Fall and while I am sad to see Summer go, I am so looking forward to all that Fall has to offer. To kick off the season, I decided to try a new cookie recipe. While I was shopping at Walmart for ingredients, I stumbled upon the new M&M's® Pecan Pie and had to give them a try! I knew they'd be the perfect addition to a Fall cookie, and well, I was right. I found this recipe for Pecan Shortbread Cookies c/o Mars and was so glad I did. It was right up my alley in terms of simplicity and taste; sweet, warm, full of Autumn flavor, and oh-so easy to make.
There's something about the changing of the seasons from Summer to Fall that puts me in a baking mood, and I know I'm not the only one. It's a cozy activity that fills the air with nostalgic smells; plus the cooler temperatures send us indoors a little more. Mars wants to help make your Fall baking an even more enjoyable activity by giving away two Kitchen Aid Mixers (ends in a week)! Winning that sweepstakes would be a great way to welcome this Autumn season!
MARS Bake In The Fun Sweepstakes
3/4 lb Unsalted Butter at room temperature
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/2 cups Small Diced Pecans
Preheat oven to 350°
In an electric mixer, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined, then add the vanilla and mix. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter/ sugar mixture. Add the pecans then mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together.
Dump the dough onto a flat surface that has been dusted with flour, then shape into a flat disc. Wrap in plastic and chill for 10-20 minutes, or until dough is able to be rolled. Roll the dough 1/2 thick and cut into 2 1/2 inch rounds (I used a drinking glass to get the round shape since I didn't have a round cookie cutter). Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 min or until the edges begin to brown. (Bake times vary depending on recipe variability.) Allow to cool to room temperature and serve!
Press M&M's® Pecan Pie into cookies before baking
No pecans in dough and press M&M's® Pecan Pie into cookies before baking
Smash up M&M's® Pecan Pie and add to dough while mixing
What is one of your favorite Fall recipes? I'd love to try it! Don't forget to enter the Sweepstakes for a chance to make your Fall baking even more exciting!