Taste test: pecan shortbread cookies
When researching foods believed to bring good luck in the new year, we were excited to learn that residents in Scotland used to bring baked goods, including shortbread cookies, to the homes of friends they visited on New Year's Day. That was all the inspiration we needed to start eating cookies. We found six brands of pecan shortbread cookies at local grocery stores and picked our top three favorites. Judges said they would eat these cookies even if they weren't rumored to bring good luck.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent
© 2016 Tampa Bay Times
(out of 100)
|Keebler 67||Murray Sugar Free 66||Great Value 62|
|Judges said Keebler's pecan shortbread cookie was the most "classic" of those sampled. "It's a great tasting cookie with a hint of butter flavor and just a touch of pecan," said one panelist. Another liked the very pale, almost uncooked looking appearance of the cookie. "They just seem light," she said, adding, "I like the slight hint of salt in them too." Tasters appreciated the thickness of the cookies and the good balance of sugar. "They are not too sugary," said one judge.||"This is definitely a winner in the pecan cookie race," said one judge. "It's light with a good nut mixture." Another liked the smaller size of the cookie, saying he especially enjoyed the strong pecan chunks. "This has a perfect, tender crumb and a good, solid crunch," said another. None of the judges realized these were sugar-free.||These cookies were a bit firmer than the others, but judges said they packed plenty of flavor. "They are buttery with a nice crunch and body and a nice bit of pecan flavor," said one judge. "They are snappy," said another. One said she would love these cookies with a hot cup of coffee. Another said, "Overall, this is a good cookie, but I would need a glass of milk to soften it up."|
|Three of the four judges said yes.||Three of the four judges said yes.||Three of the four judges said yes.|
|Shopping information||$2.65 for an 11.3-ounce package from Publix.||$2.93 for a 5.5-ounce package from Walmart.||$1.98 for an 11.3-ounce package from Walmart.|
Pamela's (3.99 for a 7.25-ounce box from Publix, 56 points); Winn-Dixie ($2 for a 13-ounce bag, 47 points);
and Publix ($2.50 for a 13-ounce pack, 32 points).
Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island; Wayne Conery, retired restaurant manager; and Liz Mergenthaler, dietetic intern. All foods were tasted blind.
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|Serving size||Two cookies||Three cookies||Two cookies|
|Fat/Fiber||10g / 0g||11g /1g||9g / 0g|
|Sugars/Sodium||7g / 110mg||0g / 115mg||3g / 95mg|
|Carbs/Protein||18g / 2g||18g / 2g||19g / 2g|