Butter Pecan Cookies

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

I love butter pecan cookies; I love the way they melt in your mouth; I love the taste of pecans, and of course the taste of butter. This recipe is adapted from a recipe in Everyday Food magazine. Note to self: follow directions! I forgot to flatten the cookies until they were about half-way done baking, so they didn’t turn out quite as pretty as they could have. Still, they lasted about an hour here.

By the way, here’s a tip I learned over lunch with Bay Area pastry chef Shuna Fish Lydon of Eggbeater. Cream the butter first. Then add sugar and cream them together. This is the way it is supposed to be done. (Thanks Shuna!)

Butter Pecan Cookies Recipe



3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar, plus more for coating
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour


1 Preheat oven to 350°. On a baking sheet, toast pecans until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely; finely chop.

2 With an electric mixer, cream butter for about a minute. Add 1/3 cup sugar and cream until light, about 1 minute more. Beat in vanilla, salt, and flour, scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Fold in pecans.

3 Separate dough into 12 pieces; squeeze dough to shape into balls. Roll in sugar. Place, 3 inches apart, on a baking sheet.

4 Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass (reshape sides if necessary). Sprinkle with sugar.

5 Bake until golden brown, rotating sheet halfway through, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with more sugar. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

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  • nina ortiz

    been making this every Christmas time for 3 yrs now… double batches everytime…its one of those cookies I make for give aways..tastes good and very easy to make!!

  • Myrissa713

    Wth!!?? I made these exactly like it said the flattened and hard as a rock! Made them again and added baking soda and they turned out! I won’t ever make this recipe again.

  • Wanda

    Great pecan cookies and real easy to make. The easiest cookie I ever made.

  • Lori

    Totally fantastic! A new favorite! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Cathleen

    I’m on my 4th batch now and every time they came out beautiful. I reduced the size for gift giving and the cooking time by a minute or two. Terrific little morsels. Are there any variations I can try like sprinkling with cinnamon sugar or something that will also go nicely with the butter pecan taste? How about peanut butter chips?

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