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Pecan Cookies

I’ve been sitting here staring at the above photo for hours now, waiting for inspiration to strike.

I’ve walked away from it and come back to it multiple times. I’ve taken breaks to bake bread, work out, chat on the phone with a friend. Still nothing.

The thing is, I just can’t come up with anything more compelling to say to you today than this: Make the danged cookies, they taste like pecan pie.

Pecan Cookies

But do I really need to say anything more to you than that?

I really didn’t think so.

Pecan Cookies

Adapted from Shutterbean.

3.8 from 4 reviews
Pecan Cookies
Yield: About 2 dozen cookies
  • 1½ cups pecan halves, plus extra for garnish (about 2 dozen)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Place 1½ cups of pecan halves in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely ground, but be sure not to process for too long - you don't want the nuts to turn into a paste. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and melted butter. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, then add the ground pecans and the flour. Mix well.
  4. To form the cookies, scoop out 1 tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball, then flatten slightly into a round cookie. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart. Lightly press a pecan half into the center of each cookie.
  5. Bake 9-11 minutes, until lighten golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely. Once cool, dust with powdered sugar.
  6. Cookies will keep for up to a week in an airtight container, or longer in the freezer...not that they'll last that long.

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Saturday 19th of November 2016

Is something left out of this recipe printed? Too soft - could not roll. They came out like a meringue and not firm.

Megan @ MegUnprocessed

Tuesday 7th of June 2016

This is creative! Perfect for all those pecan pie lovers!

Lane and Holly (With Two Spoons)

Tuesday 7th of June 2016

These are gorgeous! Can't wait to try them!


Tuesday 7th of June 2016

love these cookies. They are packed with so much pecan!


Tuesday 7th of June 2016

I love cookies. These look so good. My husband is a pecan pie freak. This recipe has to be a good match for us!!