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Lemon Shortbread Squares

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Serves 16 squares | Prep Time | Cook Time

Why I Love This Recipe

*During the Christmas season, I keep homemade cookies available in my office to share with co-workers. These easy to prepare squares always get rave reviews.*

Ingredients You'll Need

1/2 c. plus 2 Tb. butter (no substitutes), softened
1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. grated lemon peel, optional
1/2 c. chopped pecans


In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add flour and extracts. Mix 'til dough forms a ball and pulls away from side of bowl. Stir in lemon peel if desired. Press into an ungreased 9" square baking pan. Score with a sharp knife into 16 squares. Prick each square twice with a fork. Sprinkle with pecans; press firmly into dough. Bake at 325º for 20-25 min. or 'til lightly browned and pecans are toasted. Cool for 5 min. Cut along scored lines. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Store in airtight container.

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