Pecan Horseshoe Biscuits


There are 2 ways to bake a good biscuit. You can either stand, complaining that you need to shape them. Or put on a playlist, take a seat in a warm spot with everything laid out on a table and prioritise turning this into a mindful act.

To begin this Series, Pecan Softies make me think of our mothers and grandmothers. Biscuits with nuts always appear to be wholesome and ‘feel-good’. It makes me think of dipping them into tea with conversations around a table.

You’ll need:

  • Pecan Nut Softies
  • 250g butter
  • Half a cup of icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp Mazeina
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 + a quarter cup of white cake flour
  • 1 tsp almond ess
  • Three quarters of a cup of crushed pecan nuts


  1. Cream the butter and sugar until pale for 4 minutes.
  2. Add the almond essence.
  3. Add the nuts and beat well for a minute.
  4. Then proceed by adding the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Break small balls off from the dough. Using your palms (not fingers), create a 6cm long ‘snake’. Turn to create the horse shoe. Place it onto your tray that is lined with baking paper.
  6. Bake in your pre-heated oven at 160 degrees centigrade for 12 minutes. Lift the front biscuit yo peek underneath. It should resemble the colour on Slide 6.
  7. Remove the biscuits from the oven and place onto a cooling rack. After a few minutes, dip into castor sugar and leave on a cooling rack to cool.
  8. Once completely cooled, fill into your cookie jar.

    I got roughly 1 large tray and 1 smaller tray out, approximately 50 biscuits.

More Information

Common problems:

  1. Dough feels too sticky

Add 1 tbsp of flour extra but do not exceed 2.5 cups of flour.

  1. Unsure how to shape it

Roll out a large circle, approximately 1cm and cut circles using a cutter or glass.

  1. There are indents on my snake, why?

Use your palms and not fingers to roll to ensure the final result is smooth.


Pulse the Pecan nuts or add into a Nutribullet. It’s perfectly fine if it’s smooth but not too powdery or floury. Beat well with the butter.

Store left-over whole pecans in the freezer to retain its freshness.

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Naqiyah Mayat is a connoisseur of luxury, elegance and beauty. Her lifestyle brand is built around a philosophy of sophistication and aspiration.



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