These pecan cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family for years. It's something I look forward to every year, but you don't have to wait for the holidays to enjoy these cookies.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
4 hrs 30 mins
total:
5 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spread pecans out on a baking sheet.

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

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

  • Roll the 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.

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

  • Unwrap dough logs and cut into 1/3-inch thick slices. Transfer slices to the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

307 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 27.5g 9% DV; fat 21.2g 33% DV; cholesterol 57.7mg 19% DV; sodium 158.5mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2014
These are amazing! We couldn't keep our hands off of these cookies. They're buttery and crunchy and perfect. We made one minor change to the recipe. The dough was really, really sticky, so we added 1/4 cup of flour to make it 2 cups. That helped keep it together, and, after refrigerating a few hours, we were able to slice it as directed. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/13/2015
I did not care for this recipe. Read More
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34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2014
These are amazing! We couldn't keep our hands off of these cookies. They're buttery and crunchy and perfect. We made one minor change to the recipe. The dough was really, really sticky, so we added 1/4 cup of flour to make it 2 cups. That helped keep it together, and, after refrigerating a few hours, we were able to slice it as directed. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2014
Very good. Though, I did have to add more flour than stated (1/2 cp.) I used a 1 TBSP cookie scoop to make them uniform in size. I then floured the bottom of a glass, banged excess flour off by tapping the side of the flour container, and pressed them flat. I got 65 cookies from this batch. Loved them! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/13/2015
I did not care for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/31/2014
I followed the instructions except I used roasted black walnuts. I didn't get the result that I was expecting. The exterior was crunchy and the cookie had a bit of a chew to it. I always expect sandies to be light sandy and delicate where they easily crumble in one's mouth. However that might not be what everybody is after. I've done m-ann's pecan sandy recipe from this site and the results were more of what I would expect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2019
I made these, but tweaked just a little. I used salted butter so I didn't have to add to recipe. Also I used 1 egg. I cannot see wasting the yoke, so I just threw it in the bowl!!! I have made these both with delivered almonds and pecans. My father in law couldn't stop eating them, not to mention my 60 year old sweet tooth husband. They sure didn't last long at all. Delish delish!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2015
I made these for my parents. My cousin happened to be at my house when I was packing them up to deliver. I gave her some to try now that's all both my parents and cousin ask for. They were a big hit! DELICIOUS!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2015
Thank you for a simple wonderful recipe! My husbands favorite cookie. I did not wait to chill scooped and baked. They turned out delicious. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2019
The taste was good, buttery and sweeter than I expected, but the cookies came out flat. I double checked the recipe to see if I missed the baking powder, but no backing powder was included. I expected a thicker cookie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2019
I like to bake these fresh each morning......I use one log a day and they disappear!!! I add more pecans because we like a real good nutty cookie. Everyone raves about how good they are with coffee and milk!! Love these cookies!! Read More
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