Butter Pecan Cookies

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Butter Pecan Cookies are easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients. Tender like a traditional shortbread, these Pecan Cookies require just a few steps and take only 15 minutes to bake! You can start with whole pecans, pecan bits, or chopped pecans in this recipe, but be sure to chop the nuts nice and fine for a better textured cookie.

These easy homemade Butter Pecan Cookies are crunchy, soft, chewy and buttery. They get even better the second day too, making them a great cookie to make ahead! The final cookie is soft, chewy and full of buttery pecan flavor!

Butter Pecan Cookies are packed with pecans, butter, and brown sugar – with crisp edges and rich, chewy centers. If a pecan praline were to turn itself into a cookie, this is exactly what it would taste like! These definitely get even better after they sit overnight. The flavors deepen even more, so these are great to make ahead for the holidays or a cookie exchange – or even for mailing overnight.

Not what you are looking for? Try these other great cookie recipes: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Butter Cookies, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies or the classic recipes for Peanut Butter Cookies.

Here are the steps to making the cookie dough for the Butter Pecan Cookies.


Butter Pecan Cookies

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  • Author: Simply Recipes
  • Prep Time: :15
  • Cook Time: :15
  • Total Time: :30
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking


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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 112g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (70g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (140g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (80g) pecans, chopped


  • Make cookie dough:

    With an electric mixer, beat the butter for about a minute. Add sugar and beat until light, about 1 minute more. Beat in vanilla, salt, and flour, scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Fold in pecans.

  • Roll into balls, place on cookie sheet:

    Separate dough into 12 pieces; shape dough into walnut-sized balls. Place 3 inches apart on a baking sheet.

  • Gently flatten with a glass:

    Using the bottom of a glass, gently flatten each cookie. Reshape sides if necessary.

  • Bake at 350°F until golden brown:

    Bake 15 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through for even cooking. Remove and cool cookies on a wire rack.


  • It’s not necessary to grease the baking sheets or line them with parchment paper for this recipe. But for easier cleanup, line your sheets with parchment.
  • To make the cookies more even in shape, you can bake them in a muffin pan. But you’ll still want to flatten the cookies before baking.
  • To keep the dough from sticking to the glass when flattening, chill the glass beforehand, or dip the bottom in sugar in between cookies.
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