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butter pecan cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies are soft with golden-crisp edges and studded with toasted caramelized pecans. The buttery, nutty flavors really shine in these treats!

Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Butter Pecan Cookies
Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 42 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 460 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


Butter Pecans:

  • 1 1/2 cups pecans chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Butter Pecan Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup pecan halves


Butter Pecans:

  1. In a large skillet pver medium heat, sauté the chopped pecans, brown sugar and butter for about 3-4 minutes, until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool and stir in vanilla.

Butter Pecan Cookies:

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, bring the butter to a boil stirring frequently. Solid particles at the bottom turn golden brown. Immediately pour into a large mixing bowl and cool slightly, for about 10 minutes.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda.
  3. Whisk the sugars into the cooled browned butter. Whisk in the vanilla, eggs, egg yolk, until well combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients into the butter bowl and stir until well combined.
  5. Stir in buttered pecans.
  6. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic down onto the surface of the dough. Chill for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.
  7. Before baking, let dough sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degress F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Roll dough into balls, about 3 tablespoons each and place 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet.
  4. Bake on the middle rack until the edges are set and just beginning to turn golden brown, about 9-12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press into the center of the cookies a pecan halve.
  5. Let rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Nutrition Facts
Butter Pecan Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 450mg20%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 630IU13%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.