Blue Cheese Shortbread Leaves

Ingredients
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⅓ cup chopped pecans
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons butter, softened
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions
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Step 1

Place chopped pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.
Step 2

Process blue cheese and butter in a food processor 10 to 15 seconds or until creamy, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Add flour and next 3 ingredients; pulse 9 to 10 times or until the mixture is crumbly. Add toasted pecans; pulse 9 to 10 times or until mixture forms moist clumps.
Step 3

Transfer mixture onto plastic wrap on a flat surface, and gather dough into a ball shape; flatten into a 1-inch-thick disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 1 hour or until firm.
Step 4

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Pat or roll to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 1 1/2- and 2-inch leaf-shaped cutters. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Step 5

Bake at 325° for 16 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack; cool 15 minutes.

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