International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Portland, Oregon

Golden Gauranga Shortbread Cookies



  1. With an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy.  Add sugar and vanilla extract, and cream until fluffy again.
  2. Mix flour and salt together with a fork.  Beat in flour mixture, in three parts, to creamed butter and sugar, until combined.
  3. Add pecans. Mix until well incorporated.
  4. Shape dough with your hands on wax paper or parchment into logs 2 1.5” – 2” in diameter.  Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Remove dough logs from refrigerator and, using a sharp, heavy knife, slice them into rounds approximately 1 centimeter thick.
  6. Place the rounds on nonstick cookie sheets about ¾” apart.  Bake until light golden.  This could take from 22-35 minutes, depending on your cookie sheets, oven, and cookie size. 

Makes about 36 cookies.

Variations:  you can substitute lightly toasted coconut, chocolate chips, hazelnuts, etc., for the pecans.

Contributed by Lajjarani devi dasi