This melt-in-your-mouth butter pecan cookies recipe is the perfect cookie anytime and, of course, delicious addition to your holiday dessert platter. Nutty and buttery, crunchy and chewy, they are so delicious!
If you need just one more incredible dessert to complete your Christmas cookie recipes spread, butter pecan cookies are for you! They’re as quick and simple as our favorite spritz cookies and as refined as pfeffernusse cookies; and as beloved as Biscoff cookies. Plus, you can finish them however you want. I love the classic half pecan topping!
Let’s bake these yummy cookies!
What I Love About This Butter Pecan Cookies Recipe
- Whips together in 30 minutes!
- Holiday classic
- Nine simple ingredients
- Delicate and decadent!
Butter Pecan Cookies Recipe Notes
Believe it or not, this butter pecan cookies recipe uses only NINE ingredients! And I guarantee you have most of them in your cupboard already. Here are some tips!
- Toasting the Pecans: This step is so important for the final flavor! Don’t forget to monitor the nuts closely to avoid scorching them or the butter. Frequent stirring helps with this, and also with even baking and distribution of butter. If you are oven-averse, the nuts can be browned on the stovetop as well.
- Eggs: If you are an old hat at baking, this step is something you have done hundreds if not thousands of times! But for my new bakers out there, there are a few easy ways to separate egg yolks from egg whites:
- Use your hand! Crack the egg over a bowl, catch the yolk, and let the white slip into the bowl. Just be sure to wash thoroughly afterward to avoid cross-contamination!
- Use a pasta spoon with holes. Let the white slide through the holes into a receptacle.
- My favorite method of all is using the egg shell itself – no extra dishes! Crack the egg, catch the yolk in one half, and tip it back and forth between halves until all the whites have drained. This is how I separate my eggs.
- Crunchy vs. chewy: There are two sorts of cookie lovers: those who swear by the old crunchy standard, and those that go bananas over melty, doughy circles! The classic butter pecan is a little chewy in the center and crisp around the rim, which can keep both camps happy. If you want to push the needle further to one end of the scale, however, here’s how.
- For crunchy, cut back a tiny bit on the flour and brown sugar, and keep them in the oven for one to two extra minutes.
- For chewy butter pecan cookies, add a little more brown sugar and remove the cookies from the oven a minute or two early. Remember that cookies harden as they cool, so gauge your bake time accordingly!
- Design variations: If you want to test out a few different designs to add that extra pizazz to your cookie plate, try drizzling white icing across half of the batch, dusting some with powdered sugar, omitting the pecan on a few, or sugaring some of the pecans before baking. You can sugar the pecans on the stovetop using butter, brown sugar, and a little cinnamon.
- Butter pecan cookies with maple frosting are also on point. Maple frosting is made with butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cream, and powdered sugar. For salty sweet butter pecan cookies, try decorating with sea salt flakes and a little orange zest.
Storing +Freezing + Make- Ahead
The best way to store the cookies is the same as all cookies: cooled completely! You MUST cool cookies before storing them. Warm cookies bring moisture, which will breakdown the structure of your cookies over time. No one wants that!
- Storing: Once your cookies are cooled, store them in airtight containers at room temp for up to 4-5 days.
- Can You Freeze This? Yes! This butter pecan cookies recipe freezes beautifully. In that same airtight container, freeze your cookies for up to six months.
- Make Ahead Tips: This recipe comes with the tried and true cookie step: chilling! You gotta chill that dough so the butter solidifies. So, if you’d like to make the dough ahead of time, you can extend the chilling time for up to two days.
Go full-on Santa with a cold glass of milk or warm up with some hot tea or coffee. Or want a more adult spin? Try eating these cookies with my rich, decadent pumpkin pie martini or my apple pie moonshine! You can also serve my easy-peasy rich, crockpot hot chocolate or my adult only spiked hot chocolate or Keoke coffee!
More Christmas Cookie Recipes To Love!!!
The more, the merrier when it comes to Christmas cookies! Check out all my Christmas cookies.
- Italian Christmas Cookies
- Christmas Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Christmas Cookies
- Christmas Crack
- Christmas Butter Cookies
- Candy Cane Cookies
- Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
- No Chill Sugar Cookies Recipe
- Sour Cream Cookies