Best Pecan Sandies


This recipe for pecan sandies has been a Christmas tradition in my family for years. I look forward to these shortbread cookies every year, but you don't have to wait for the holidays to enjoy them.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins


  • ¾ cup pecans

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Spread pecans evenly onto a baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until fragrant and lightly toasted, 5 to 10 minutes. Cool completely, then coarsely chop in a food processor.

  4. Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, and salt until well combined. Slowly mix in pecans. Stir in flour until dough begins to come together.

  5. Roll dough into a ball and divide it in half. Roll each dough half into a 1 1/2-inch-thick log. Wrap each log in wax paper and refrigerate, 4 hours to overnight.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  7. Unwrap dough logs and cut into slices, about 1/3-inch thick. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

307 Calories
21g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 307
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 57mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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