Nutty Shortbread

* 1 stick unsalted butter, softened

* 1 cup dark brown sugar

* 1 cup flour

* ¼ teaspoon salt

* ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

* ¾ cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)

* Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 300 F

Cream butter and gradually add in sugar till well mixed. Sprinkle in the salt, then sprinkle in flour. Add in the extract. Press dough evenly into a glass 8” pie or square baking dish. Spread the nuts over the top of dough and lightly press the nuts into the dough.

Bake on center oven rack 30-40 minutes until top is a light golden brown. Cool and cut into pie shapes or squares, and dust with powdered sugar.

Submitted by Deborah Brooks