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Pecan-lemon Shortbread Hearts

Author/Submitted by: Williams Sonoma Cookies and Biscotti p. 24
Servings: 24
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
1/2  cup  sugar
1/4  cup  cornstarch
1  tablespoon  lemon zest, plus 1 teaspoon
1/4  teaspoon  salt
3/4  cup  unsalted butter, chilled, cut in 1/2" cubes
1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
1  cup  pecans
    vanilla sugar, optional

Preheat oven to 350 In food processor combine the flour, sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest and salt. Process briefly until well mixed. Add the butter and vanilla and , using rapid off-on pulses cut in until the mixture resembles a fine meal. Add the pecans and process until finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a large sheet of waxed paper and gather together into a flat disk. Top with a second sheet of waxed paper. Roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. Using a 3-inch or smaller heart shaped cutter, cut out cookies. Transfer to ungreased cookie sheets, spacing them 1/2 inch apart. Gather up the scraps and repeat. Sprinkle the cookies with vanilla sugar if desired. Bake until just beginning to color, about 20 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool for 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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