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Butter Pecan Cookies

Melt in your mouth butter pecan cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday dessert platter. Nutty and buttery, crunchy and chewy, they are so delish!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Butter Pecan Cookies, Butter Pecan Cookies Recipe, How Do I Make Butter Pecan Cookies, How To Make Butter Pecan Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 333kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter~divided
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups pecans chopped
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  • In a large bowl, add 1 cup butter and brown sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Stir in egg yolk and vanilla. Gradually add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    How to make Butter Pecan Cookies, mixing the dough
  • Meanwhile, place chopped pecans and remaining 1 tablespoon butter on a rimmed cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes or until toasted and browned. Set aside and cool.
    How to make Butter Pecan Cookies, rolling the cookie dough on pecans
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Roll dough into 1-in. balls, then roll in toasted pecans, pressing nuts into dough. Place on ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Dip the bottom of pecan halves in egg white, shaking off excess, then gently press one into each ball. (Be neat with egg white as excess foam will remain after baking and not be attractive)
    How to make Butter Pecan Cookies, adding pecans on top of the cookie
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
    How to make Butter Pecan Cookies, prebaked cookies on a baking pan


Serving: 1/16 of the recipe | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.4mg