Butter Pecan Cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies

These cookies have a nutty, sweet, yet salty goodness to them. I would say they taste like the Little Sandies cookies but they are better than those. With just a few ingredients these cookies are easy and quick to put together. ​

​You can use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe. I usually always use salted butter in recipes but I love salt. When they come out of the oven I immediately sprinkle just a little bit of salt on each cookie and pat them with a spoon or fork to keep the salt on. The salt blends with the sugar and leaves the cookie with a sweet and salty flavor.

This recipe only makes about 12 cookies so if you are making them for a large crowd you will want to make two batches. If you are making them just for you I recommend just making one batch that way you only eat 12 cookies, because trust me, you will want to eat them all!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup pecans finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature ( you can use salted or unsalted, I always use salted)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (plus more for coating)
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, toast pecans about 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Let cool.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream butter and ⅓ cup sugar until light, about 1 minute.
  4. Beat in salt, vanilla, and flour, scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Fold in pecans.
  5. Scoop and roll balls of dough, about 1 Tablespoon of dough each, into balls.
  6. Roll each ball into sugar. Place 3 inches apart, on an ungreased baking sheet. Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass.
  7. Sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake until golden brown about 13 to 15 minutes.
  9. Optional: Sprinkle the top of each cookie with a tiny bit of salt and pat cookie. (I like my cookies to have a little bit of sweet and salty taste).
  10. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  11. Makes about 12 cookies.
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