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Toasted Butter Pecan Cookies

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Toasted Butter Pecan Cookies are a delicious holiday treat.

Every year during the holidays I’m inspired to try new recipes. Especially cookie recipes. My dad’s favorite ice cream flavor was butter pecan so I thought, why not try a cookie with similar flavors. Well, this cookie was a complete and total win! Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, it only makes 2 dozen cookies. I really don’t need to eat too many of them but they are addicting. Not too sweet with a nice crispy texture.

This is my favorite cookie of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. I’ve really never had a cookie anything like it. I can’t believe it’s Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, already! Don’t forget to check out my blogger friends cookie recipes below.

Toasted Butter Pecan Cookies

Toasted Butter Pecan Cookies

Yield: Makes about 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Toasted butter pecan cookies are a delicious addition to any cookie tray.


  • ¾ cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour

For topping:

  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • ¼ cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small frying pan melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add chopped pecans and gently toast over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl combine ¼ cup sugar and ½ cup toasted pecans. Stir well and set aside.
  4. Using a stand mixer combine butter and sugar in mixing bowl until light, about 2 minutes.
  5. Beat in flour, vanilla and salt, scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Fold in pecans.
  6. Using a 1 inch cookie scoop, roll in to a ball. Roll balls in pecan sugar mixture and set on parchment lined baking sheet. Gently flatten with bottom of glass.
  7. Bake until golden, about 12 - 15 minutes.
  8. Cool cookies on cooling rack.


Toast all the pecans together, then divide for the recipe and the topping.

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Welcome to 12 Days Christmas Cookies, hosted by FamilyAroundTheTable and CookingwithCarlee. We’ll be sharing delicious cookie recipes all week long in celebration of the holiday season. Perfect for your holiday cookie trays or party dessert table. Search #ChristmasCookies to see all the goodies these 12 days. Follow the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Pinterest board for more cookie ideas. Please visit all the blogs sharing cookie recipes today:
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Eggnog Biscotti from Making the Most of Naptime
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Toasted Butter Pecan Cookies from Family Around the Table



Monday 12th of December 2016

These look just like a recipe my Grandma used to make. No one can find her recipe though, so i'll have to try yours!

Cindy Kerschner

Friday 9th of December 2016

Nuts in cookies are so good especially pecans!

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

These sound fabulous! Can't wait to add them to my Christmas Cookie rotation!


Sunday 4th of December 2016

Yum. These sound and look so yummy. I love pecans.


Sunday 4th of December 2016

Your dad had excellent taste! Butter pecan is one of my favorites also :) These cookies look delicious!

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