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Buttery Pecan Rounds

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These buttery pecan rounds just seem like Christmas to me. Every year my Mom would bake with cinnamon and nuts, pecans specifically.

Buttery Pecan Rounds are crispy with a hint of warm cinnamon.

This recipe is sponsored by Millican Pecan Company. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Family Around the Table possible.

Pecans are one of my favorite nuts. They are what I reach for first when I want to add nuts to baking. I really associate pecans with Christmas, not only because I bake with them often, but because my Mom always had a bowl of nuts and a nutcracker on the cocktail table during the holidays. I would pick the pecans first.

Buttery Pecan Rounds are crispy with a hint of warm cinnamon.

I’ve never made a cookie like these buttery pecan rounds before. They are ultra thin and crispy, but also a bit on the chewy side. I used a nut grinder to get the finer grind for the pecans I used in the cookie. I thought when they baked they would look nice with a pecan half on top. 

Millican Pecan Company, one of our sponsors, sent cinnamon pecans. Not cinnamon sugar pecans, just cinnamon. Though this cookie has tons of flavor from the butter, I felt it could use more so I chose to top them with the cinnamon pecans halves. That tiny burst of flavor change the cookie in a great way. Cinnamon is warm and comforting and synonymous with the holidays.

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A few notes about the cookie

  • Try substituting the cinnamon pecans in the cookie dough too, for more cinnamon flavor. A nut grinder really works well. See one in the recipe card.
  • When I say drop them on the cookie sheet 3-inches apart, do it! These cookies spread!
  • Use a small cookie scoop to get even cookies that are all the same size. Do not use a medium or large scoop. The cookies will be ginormous. Find my favorite in the recipe card.
  • Check the cookies at 12 minutes. They should be nicely browned around the edge, for about ¼-inch. Any less and they are not done. See my photos for reference.
  • When adding the pecan half to the cookie, just a gentle press will do the trick. No need to try and flatten the dough.
  • Because there is so much yummy butter in the cookie, the dough is loose. Don’t worry about it or refrigerate it. You want the dough to spread, resulting in a thin, crispy cookie.

More cookies with pecans include toasted butter pecan cookies and brown sugar pecan Christmas tree cookies.

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Buttery Pecan Rounds

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

A delightful aroma wafts through the house as these cookies bake.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup finely chopped pecans (I used pecans from Millican Pecan Company)
  • Cinnamon pecan halves, (I used Millican Pecan Company)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Sift flour and salt into a small bowl.
  3. Into a second bowl combine butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium for 3 minutes until mixture is creamy. Mix in egg yolk until combined. Reduce to low speed. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in pecans.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, drop batter onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Press one cinnamon pecan onto the top of each mound. Bake in preheated oven until golden around the edges, about 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Notes

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

Did you make this recipe?

I'd love to hear about it! Please leave a comment below or share it on Pinterest!

Buttery pecan rounds are topped with a delicious cinnamon pecan.

 

Package up buttery pecan rounds for a hostess gift.

Buttery Pecan Rounds

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

A delightful aroma wafts through the house as these cookies bake.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup finely chopped pecans (I used pecans from Millican Pecan Company)
  • Cinnamon pecan halves, (I used Millican Pecan Company)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Sift flour and salt into a small bowl.
  3. Into a second bowl combine butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium for 3 minutes until mixture is creamy. Mix in egg yolk until combined. Reduce to low speed. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in pecans.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, drop batter onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Press one cinnamon pecan onto the top of each mound. Bake in preheated oven until golden around the edges, about 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Notes

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

Did you make this recipe?

I'd love to hear about it! Please leave a comment below or share it on Pinterest!

Thank you to Ellen of Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting #ChristmasCookies Week! And a huge thank you to our sponsors Adams Extract and Millican Pecan Company for supporting the bloggers and events like Christmas Cookies Week.

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Mattie Comer

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Can I freeze the cookie dough and for how long. I have a vacuum seal & press

Ellen

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Hey Mattie,

I have never tried freezing it but I think it would be possible. If you try it, please let me know how it works out.

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

I love a thin lace-like cookie!!! These would definitely be on my cookie recipe list of must-makes!

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