Butter Pecan Cookies

7 Jan
Butter Pecan Cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies

I’ve gone rogue on you, I tell ya’! Me, making more cookies? Unheard of! Unlike the dreaded cakes and pastries, it appears I’m able to make some humble cookies without a complete disaster.

Once again, I got this fabulous recipe from my friend Jodi over at The Creative Life in Between. She’s the cookie-maker queen! My mom sent me a couple of pounds of Texas pecans for Christmas, and another dear friend gifted me some candied pecans. So when Jodi posted her Butter Pecan Cookie recipe… well, you get the picture.

I halved the original recipe, so the smaller version is below which makes about 3 dozen cookies. And for whatever reason, this cookie recipe didn’t really need a high-altitude adjustment aside from maybe a minute or two cooking longer. I put the candied pecans on top, and omitted the raw sugar topping. We kept a dozen for ourselves and the rest I brought to a USPS potluck on my last night of work as a Holiday Clerk Assistant. I survived six weeks helping to bring your holiday mail and packages to your doorstep! That certainly deserved a cookie or two.

Butter Pecan Cookies

1 1/2 tablespoons salted butter
1 1/2 cups pecan halves, chopped
2 sticks salted butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
Candied or regular pecan halves for decorating

Buttered Pecans

Buttered Pecans

Prepare buttered pecans by melting 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped pecans and cook, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes, until lightly toasted. Remove from skillet to a bowl to cool.

In same skillet, melt 2 sticks of butter for cookie batter. Bring to a boil until butter just begins to brown, and then remove from heat. Be careful not to burn it as that tastes bitter, but be sure to get it to the browned stage.

Browning Butter

Browning the Butter ~ yes, you really do boil the butter!

Using an electric mixer, combine sugars with browned butter on slow speed until fully combined. Add vanilla and then eggs, one at time, beating until fully combined.

Add flour, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda – folding in with rubber spatula until fully incorporated, and then fold in the buttered pecans.

Butter Pecan Cookie Batter

Butter Pecan Cookie Batter

Cover bowl and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

If you have refrigerated overnight – let dough sit long enough to become scoopable.

Place ping-pong-ball sized scoops of dough 1-2 inches apart on baking stone or cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and press a pecan half in center.

Bake 8 to 11 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on baking stone/cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.

Download and Print this Yummy Recipe!

Download and Print this Yummy Recipe!

48 Responses to “Butter Pecan Cookies”

  1. gg-stratton January 7, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    I love pecans. I keep some in my truck so I don’t get hangry. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  2. chefkreso January 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

    These crispy cookies must be a hit!!

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  3. Fourth Generation Farmgirl January 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    Great pics! I love pecans, and these cookies look so decadent! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Teagan R. Geneviene January 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    Yes! Yumyumyumyumyumyumyumyumyumyum!!!!! My favorite! I love your step by step photos, Kathryn. Hugs!

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  5. Jodi January 7, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

    Hooray!!! Did you love them Kathryn? Did your potluck co-workers like? I wish I had one right now. I so want to make them again, but I’m afraid I’ll eat too many!!! πŸ™‚

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 7, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

      We loved them at home so much that they are gone already! I wish I had more too. I can’t say about the potluck people, there were so many desserts. I’m sure they were gone by the end of the night, I left right after eating as USPS said the holiday workers could go home, our contract was finished!

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      • Jodi January 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

        I would head on out too! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  6. Smiling Notes January 7, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

    I clicked so fast when I saw the title of this post. Surprisingly I have never had a butter pecan cookie but something tells me that I’m gonna love it! Saving this recipe ❀️

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  7. Noel Hartem January 7, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

    Yum I’ll be making them

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  8. Mad Dog January 8, 2018 at 4:25 am #

    I love pecan pie, so why not pecan cookies!

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  9. cookingwithauntjuju.com January 8, 2018 at 4:41 am #

    Those are some good-looking cookies Kathryn! Butter and pecans – what’s not to like!

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  10. dimplescookbook January 8, 2018 at 6:16 am #

    Looks so yummy!

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  11. PantryPortfolio January 8, 2018 at 7:38 am #

    Yum! This is inspiration for us who don’t bake. Mmmm.

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  12. D. Wallace Peach January 8, 2018 at 11:44 am #

    Oh, yum. I love pecans, but the hubby is “allergic” to nuts, according to himself. Ha ha. I guess I’ll have to eat them all. Thanks for the recipe, Kathryn. Hope you’re warm and dry. πŸ˜€

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

      I wish I had them all to myself, our are already gone now! Thanks Diana, hope you are too. So weird we’ve had no snow yet this year and last year this time we were under three feet of it!

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      • D. Wallace Peach January 8, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

        We built a knee-high snowman on Christmas day, Just what I like… a 4 hour snowstorm that’s all melted in 8. πŸ˜€

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  13. NoPlateLikeHome.com January 8, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    These cookies look too good to have sitting around. Yum!

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  14. StefanGourmet January 8, 2018 at 11:33 pm #

    See, baking isn’t so hard πŸ™‚ Making beurre noisette is actually quite challenging, but I’m sure it tastes real well in cookies. I’ve never tried that.

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  15. Greedyeats -Neha January 10, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    Splendid those cookies look and lovely that batter. i can lick the dough bowl clean with my fingers. Thanks for sharing this. πŸ™‚

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  16. FrugalHausfrau January 13, 2018 at 9:02 am #

    Great job on the cookies! I’d say that’s a perfect use of some of your pecans. πŸ™‚ You just reminded me, I have packages to send…not Christmas packages, just some things for my daughter. Enjoy your respite!!

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  17. Lynz Real Cooking January 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    Jodi is awesome! I love her recipes and art work! These look so yummy!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Karina Pinella January 14, 2018 at 7:21 am #

    This is great! I love pecans also. I’m glad you altered the recipe to 3 dozens. That’s about all I would want to make.

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  19. JoytotheWorld January 16, 2018 at 1:34 am #



  20. Sumith January 17, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Beautiful recipe. I love to bake and bookmarking this. Thank you Kathryn.

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  21. Kouzounas Kitchen February 12, 2018 at 5:20 am #

    One of my all time favorites!! Xo

    Liked by 1 person

  22. savvymamabee March 16, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

    I’m excited to try these!! Love anything with pecans 😁😁

    Liked by 1 person

  23. weekendhamesha April 16, 2018 at 3:37 am #

    this looks super delicious!!!! mouth watering!!

    Liked by 1 person

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