These Pecan Sandies are an easy, buttery slice and bake shortbread cookie loaded with pecans! Celebrate Pecan Sandies Day tomorrow by making yourself a batch today!
I downloaded the national food holidays calendar from the LA times and synced it with my google calendar. I check it every once in a while and something will strike my interest.
If you follow me, you know there aren’t a huge number of cookies, cakes or sweets on BCC. The reason for that is two-fold.
One is that I absolutely prefer salty to sweet. If there are cookies and chips in the house at the same time, which is rare, I will go for the chips 99% of the time.
The other reason is, I really don’t want to eat them because of the calories, so it easier to not make them than it is to call on my willpower. …. or lack thereof!! 🙂
As far as store bought cookies, there are only a handful that I like. These Dutch Cocoa Cookies are one and Pecan Sandies, or Lorna Doone (which is shortbread) are about the only other ones.
How to Make Pecan Sandies
These are super easy to make because they are slice and bake.
- First cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and light.
- Then add the flour in about 4 additions, mixing just until incorporated in between!
- Add the vanilla and pecans and mix to incorporate them.
- Break dough into 2 parts. Roll into a log, trying to get the logs as uniform as possible. The dough is very short (the ratio of butter to flour, butter being higher) so it wants to break apart, so squeeze it together. Roll up the log in the parchment paper.
- Let the dough cool in the refrigerator for a couple hours. Then slice off 1/4″ thick slices. You need a very sharp knife. Because the dough wants to break while you cut it.
- I found a small pairing knife and rolling the log as I cut helped with the breaking. Bake for 20 minutes at 325°F on a parchment covered baking sheet.
Other delicious cookies
- Dutch Cocoa cookies
- Gluten free chocolate cookies
- Ambrosia macaroons
- Jam filled cookies
- Cut out cookies
- Ischler’s Torte
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- 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- To toast pecans, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until nuts begin to brown, then stirring constantly until nuts are light brown. Remove from heat; cool.
- In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually add flour, beating just until blended. Stir in toasted pecans and vanilla.
- Divide dough in half; shape each portion into 2 (1 1/4-inch-thick) logs (about 12 inches long). Wrap in cooking parchment paper; refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
- Heat oven to 325°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Unwrap dough; cut into 1/4-inch slices. On cookie sheets, place slices 1/2 inch apart.
- Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker! I added salt because they really need it! They are very flat without it!
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I also prefer savoury to sweet. So, I rarely make cakes or biscuits. But my hubby has a sweet tooth and often laments the lack of sweet nibbles in our house. I think he’d love these sandies. I shall make some for him!
Oh, you meany!! Poor guy! You should really make him some! ???? Thanks, Jacqui!
One of my favorite cookies! Can’t wait to try your recipe!
It is really very good! I hope you enjoy them! Thanks Nikole!
Like you I always crave savoury flavours over sweet so rarely cook sweet stuff. This recipe is perfect for people like us though, the lack of eggs means that this recipe is easy to scale down.
The biggest difficulty I have with most sweet recipes is the size, it is usually just me and my wife and whilst neither of us have a sweet tooth we both hate waste. So if we cook 764 cookies then we must eat them before they get trashed 😉
These cookies would freeze very well too, Brian! Thanks for the comment!
Your pecan sandies look perfect!! They were my grandmother’s favorite cookie and I loved them too! Your recipe looks so delicious and buttery!!
Thank you Elaine! They are super buttery!
I can already dreaming of this cookies dip in hot strong coffee. Devine…..
Absolutely! Awesome! Thanks so much for your comment, Loyola!
Oh these cookies look divine dear Beth, I think I now know whats my oven going to bake tomorrow – I am sure my daughter will fully enjoy making those – yummmmmm!!
They are good! I hope she enjoys them! Thanks Ramona!
My Grandma loved these cookies! Will have to make in her honor.
They are so good! Thanks for your comment, Julie!
These Pecan sandies are a perfect treat for little ones.. Love it more as it has my name “Sandy”in it.
Haha! see this cookie is right up your alley then! Thanks Sandy!
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Yum! These look delicious! I can smell the butter all the way to here. 🙂
But seriously salty over sweet? I totally wish I didn’t have such a sweet tooth! Our cookie jar is filled 24/7 just in case. 🙂
Afraid so, salty over sweet! Although, if sweet is around, I will usually eat it! :’-)
Ahhh, my FAVORITE crunchy (sortof) cookie!! I don’t think I’ve ever actually made these myself… can’t believe that! When I was stationed in Korea years ago, living in tent city outside Pohang, we had access to a small convenience store where I discovered Keebler’s Pecan Sandies… my downfall! 🙂
I used to by them in a vending machine many years ago, too. For my snack for break time! Thanks Catherine!
What a great dessert! Pecans have such an outstanding flavor. Can’t wait to make these tonight. Cookies are always a hit!
They are so easy! I think you and your family will love them! Thanks, Mike!
My dad always loved Pecan Sandies! I can’t see one without thinking of him. I have never made them from scratch, have to try it!
Michaela, isn’t it funny how foods can stir up memories in us? Thanks for your comment!
this left my mouth watering! I am drinking my coffee right now and I would LOVE to have these delicious sandies with my coffee!! WOW great recipe!!
Haha! Thanks so much, Camila! Very kind of you!