Banana Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Now, before you get too excited... Actually, no. You should be excited. These cookies are de-lish-ous! But in all seriousness, these aren't your classic Scottish shortbreads that are super light and crumbly. These are more dense, crispy yet tender, sweet cookies studded with pecans that get all toasty and fragrant as the cookies bake.

The subtle coconut-y flavor from the coconut oil and the slight banana-y infusion from the banana only serve to enhance these delicious cookies. And apart from coconut oil and banana, there are only five more ingredients! Simple as that. Seven ingredients, minimal effort, and delicious cookies. Just look at them....

It being summer right now, these are perfect as they are sturdy enough to carry to picnics in the park! There are also super easy to make, so they make the perfect gift! I can just imagine a stack of these cookies tied up in a beautiful ribbon. The gift-receiver is bound to love you, though they probably do already!

These are seriously delectable, made with the simplest of ingredients and an even simple method. Get baking!

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup ripe banana, mashed
2 1/2 cups plain flour
2/3 cup unrefined sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/3 cup pecans, chopped

Cream together the oil and sugar. Add in the mashed banana and cream again.

Add vanilla and salt and blend again.

Sift in the flour and blend until combined.

Stir in the chopped pecans.

Transfer to baking paper and roll the dough into a tight log around 2-3 inches wide. Place the log in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden. At this point, preheat the oven to 175 C.

Once the dough has chilled, unroll the paper and slice the log into discs around 1 cm wide. If it's too hard to slice, leave it out for a few minutes and try again. If too soft, place back in the freezer for a bit longer.

Place on the baking sheet (close together is ok as these don't spread much - not touching though!). Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Your house will smell heavenly at this stage!

Let the cookies cool on a wire rack to crisp up slightly.

Grab a cold glass of milk, your favorite mug of tea or coffee, a couple of these cookies and enjoy!

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