Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Sarah Smart
Hands-on Time
45 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 12 Mins
Serves 40 (serving size: 1 cookie)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

Dust cooled cookies with powdered sugar.

Step 5

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.

Ratings & Reviews

TerriHamelin's Review

November 09, 2014
Lovely flavor and nice texture to the cookie. The pecans give it such a pleasant taste. I was out of brown sugar so I was looking for a cookie recipe that had regular white sugar. This one fit the bill. I would definitely make these again. My yield was 2 1/2 dozen not 40 cookies. Perhaps I'll use a smaller cookie cutter. The one I used was 3" dia.

yv1308's Review

September 25, 2013
Very good! they were a hit at my work. I devided the dought in 2 instead of 4, worked just fine and less rolling.

hippieC4's Review

August 12, 2013

shelleyj's Review

December 03, 2012
I think I would turn these into slice and bake cookies....I hate rolling...and shaping into logs then freezing sounds perfect!!!! haven't made them...but I will, soon