Pecan Cookies

Pecan CookiesRecipe

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Sarah Smart

Make the cookie dough up to a month in advance, wrap it tightly, and freeze. Thaw dough completely by placing it in the refrigerator overnight.


Serves 40 (serving size: 1 cookie)
Total time: 3 Hours, 12 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 3 Hours, 12 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 82
Fat 4.5 g
Satfat 2 g
Sodium 54 mg


9 ounces all-purpose flour (2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
10 tablespoon butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/3 cup powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. To prepare cookies, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and baking powder, stirring with a whisk. Place butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, and beat until well blended. Beat in vanilla extract. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture to butter mixture; beat just until combined. Stir in pecans.

3. Shape dough into a 4-inch round, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 40 (2 x 3–inch) cookies, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place cookies 1 inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350° for 9 minutes or until lightly browned on bottoms. Cool on a wire rack.

4. Dust cooled cookies with powdered sugar.

Dust cookies with a bit of powdered sugar for a finishing touch that's not too sweet. Place sugar in a fine sieve, and shake it over cooled cookies.