Orange Pecan Cookies

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Orange Pecan Cookies are perfect for a springtime brunch, holiday cookie platter, tea party, or bridal shower. The burst of orange flavor and the crunch of pecans make this a very unique cookie.

These orange pecan cookies are slightly crunchy and kissed with orange flavor.

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These cookies give you an unexpected burst of orange flavor. It’s not overpowering at all in this crunchy cookie that gets a delicious texture from the pecans.

Orange Pecan Cookies have a subtle orange flavor with a crunch from the pecans.

Millican Pecan Company offers a variety of items to use. I wanted smaller pieces so I put the pecan pieces they sent into my nut grinder, the one my Mom had when I was a kid. You can see how much smaller the pecan pieces are on the cookies. They stick better when they are smaller.

No nut grinder? Use a sharp knife to chop the pecans. Just make sure they are small. You really don’t want the entire cookie covered.

Fill your cookie jar with orange pecan cookies.

These cookies come together quickly. The orange flavor is subtle because you only use the zest. It’s a crunchy cookie and the pecans add great texture. Before baking you flatten them with the bottom of a glass. They may stick to the glass, just gently peel the dough off and place it on the baking sheet. I must stress gently, the dough will tear. If that happens, gently press back together. 

Use a cookie scoop to get even cookies. Use gentle pressure when flattening so all the cookies are even and thus, will bake evenly. These really are a delicious way to fill the cookie jar.

If you love cookies with pecans, here are some other recipes:

Toasted Butter Pecan Cookies

Buttery Pecan Rounds

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Orange Pecan Cookies

Orange Pecan Cookies are a delightful change from classic cookies. A burst of orange flavor and crunch from delicious pecans.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 21 cookies


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk white reserved
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grind orange rind
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 egg whites unbeaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  • In the medium bowl of an electric mixer, cream shortening, sugar, egg yolk, vanilla, salt, and grated orange. Work in flour.
  • Shape in balls the size of walnuts. Roll in unbeaten egg whites and chopped nuts. Place on a greased baking sheet and flatten with a spatula.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 3 minutes before removing to cooling rack to cool completely.

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