Peanut Butter Pecan Shortbread Recipe

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I love this time of year. Dieting is pointless because, well, I love desserts like Peanut Butter Pecan Shortbread. It seems everywhere you go there are treats easily available and I’m not one to deny myself. That means lots of extra cookies, candy, and overall baked goods. That also means lots of extra sugar my body isn’t used to. Luckily, SPLENDA® is a no-calorie sweetener that can be used in place of regular sugar. I use to always think this meant only in packet size for things like tea and coffee but SPLENDA® actually has a full line of sweetener perfect for all your sugar needs!

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When I decided on a recipe to make I wanted one I knew my boys already liked. I wanted to see if they would taste a difference and if they would say anything. I decided I’d make my Peanut Butter Pecan Shortbread. I looooove Shortbread.

Peanut Butter Pecan Shortbread

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Peanut Butter Pecan Shortbread Recipe

Jennifer MomSpotted
5 from 8 votes
Course Dessert
Servings 8 -16 pieces


  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup Splenda brown sugar blend
  • 2 sticks butter room temperature*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups flour


  • Preheat oven to 350. In small saute pan place chopped pecans on medium to high heat making sure to stir them constantly until golden brown. Remove from pan once done.
  • In small mixing bowl add flour, corn starch, salt, peanut butter chips and pecans. Leave a small handful of chips and pecans aside. In a separate mixing bowl blend butter and Splenda Brown Sugar Blend until creamy. Slowly add in flour mixture to butter mixture until fully combined. The dough will be crumbly.
  • Using your hands knead dough until it forms a ball. Place on baking sheet or stone. Pat flat until it forms a 10-inch circle and is about 1/2 inch thick. With a pizza cutter score dough into 8-16 sections depending on how big you want them. Then take remaining handful of chips and pecans and sprinkle on top. Lightly press them in to keep them in place.
  • Bake 35 minutes until deep golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack until completely cooled. Serve or place in air tight container.

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  1. I love how you added peanut butter chips to this. It looks amazing!

  2. 5 stars
    I love Pecans – that looks so delicious! I love using Splenda too.

  3. Kathy says

    Yummy! I have never tried to make shortbread before and that looks good enough to try it. I haven’t baked with Splenda before, I’ve got to try!

  4. I love shortbread but have never tried making it myself. I’ve never used Splenda but may have to try making this!

  5. I use Splenda a lot. I especially love the brown sugar blend! Your peanut butter pecan shortbread looks ah-maz-ing!

  6. I haven’t tried baking with Splenda, but after reading your post it makes me want to give it a try.

  7. Oh yum anything with peanut butter we like. I had success doing cookies with Splenda, I’ll have to try this recipe too!

  8. 5 stars
    yum! Peanut butter cookies is one of my families favorite cookies. I love how you did it as a shortbread and substituting granulated sugar for splenda. Really saves on the calories.

  9. Nicole Dz says

    5 stars
    Great ingredients to make the perfect treat, i live off of peanut butter! Awesome and flavorful. Love how easy this is to make.

  10. Sherrie C. says

    5 stars
    I had no idea that Splenda made a Brown Sugar Blend! That would have been great to have right around Thanksgiving. That Peanut Butter Pecan Shortbread you made looks so good too. Hope to try out this recipe soon.

  11. My husband loves shortbread cookies. A yummy twist on an old classic with the addition of peanut butter chips. I’ll have to try these. Thanks for sharing.

  12. JenB says

    Fabulous and delicious recipe!! Can’t wait to try it!!

  13. Karrie Middaugh says

    This looks soooooo good!

  14. Dana Rodriguez says

    5 stars
    That looks really good! I haven’t tried using Splenda in a recipe yet but i think I will try this one!

  15. Terri S says

    Yummy!!!! This looks very delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  16. saminder gumer says

    i have baked with splenda before and it is great. i love the taste and the end results are amazing.

  17. Shannon says

    I think this sounds awesome, thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  18. Natalie Brown says

    5 stars
    I’m starting to think that you know me too well. lol Peanut butter is one of my top favorite flavors. This bread looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe! “Pinned” 🙂

  19. David Fultner says

    5 stars
    This sounds like a tasty better choices.

  20. rochelle haynes says

    5 stars
    Love to try this looks good

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