Butter Pecan Cookies


This butter pecan cookie recipe makes absolutely delicious 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. These cookies 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. Beat the butter first. Then add sugar and beat them together. This is the way it is supposed to be done. (Thanks Shuna!)

Butter Pecan Cookies Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 dozen cookies


  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 112 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (70 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (140 g) all-purpose flour


1 Make cookie dough: With an electric mixer, beat the butter for about a minute. Add 1/3 cup sugar and beat 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.

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

3 Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass (reshape sides if necessary).

4 Bake at 350°F (175°C) until golden brown, rotating sheet halfway through, about 15 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

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Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Everyday Food.

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Deborah

    These cookies are addictive, they’re just that yummy. The recipe is simple and straightforward.


  2. Rozan

    Just made these because I had a cube of softened unsalted butter sitting in the counter. They are so easy ; mybdough came together perfectly. I would like a little more punch of flavor & sweetness. Will try with salted butter next time.

  3. Lauren

    I didn’t have any issue with crumbly texture. Each batch uses so much butter! Mine was very soft to begin with. In the oven now….

  4. Annalise

    These are my new favourite go-too cookies! So simple to make and yummy


  5. Mel

    Wow! So easy to make with simple ingredient list. I roasted pecans lightly in frying pan before mixing together. Was worried because the dough was crumbly, but the balls worked out fine and they were absolutely delicious! Made them with brown sugar also… heavenly! Great recipe! Thank you!


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