Butter Pecan Cookies

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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

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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.

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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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  • Mary

    I love this recipe!! I make them all the time. When I want to change it up i add coconut to the dough!! Yummy!!

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  • Jody d

    Tasted great but spread so thin. Even after refrigeratoring the dough. Why?

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  • SHELLY

    What makes the dough? I mixed it and it was just one ball of powder. I do not know how this is a five star review with no eggs, milk nothing to make it doughy.

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  • Debria

    Um…. I usually never comment on recipes I use but this were.. absolutely amazing! These are honestly the best cookies I’ve ever had! I’ve never had cookies so good before, I could honestly eat these for hours! lol, just wanted to say how good these were!

    Thank you!

  • Diane

    Has anyone tried adding 1/2 cup chocolate chips? I have some to use up. Would taste good with the pecans

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