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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!

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Pecan Sandies

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.

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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.

  1. First cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and light.
  2. Then add the flour in about 4 additions, mixing just until incorporated in between!
  3. Add the vanilla and pecans and mix to incorporate them.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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Pecan Sandies

These Pecan Sandies are an easy, buttery slice and bake shortbread loaded with pecans! Celebrate Pecan Sandies Day tomorrow by making yourself a batch today!
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5 from 11 votes
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling time: 2 hours
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 84 cookies
Calories: 40kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $5

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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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Notes

General Baking Tips:
 
Always measure dry ingredients with a dry measuring cup. Measure with dry measuring cups or weigh dry ingredients.
Always measure liquid ingredients with liquid measuring cup
Never break eggs directly into recipe ingredients. Break eggs into a separate bowl, in case you get any shells, so that you can pull them out.
Make sure that you know what temperature your oven is set at. Buy an oven thermometer and check oven temperature regularly.
Always check baked goods, like cakes or quick breads with cake tester, placed in center. If the tester comes out clean, it’s done.

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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26 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    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!

  2. 5 stars
    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 😉

  3. 5 stars
    Your pecan sandies look perfect!! They were my grandmother’s favorite cookie and I loved them too! Your recipe looks so delicious and buttery!!

  4. 5 stars
    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!!

  5. 5 stars
    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! 🙂

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