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Chewy Butter Pecan Cookies

Chewy butter pecan cookies just holler out the holidays to me, but that won’t stop me from making them other times of the year because they have a delicious buttery flavor.

Easy Butter Pecan Cookies

Butter pecan cookies on the counter.

The recipe creates a deep-flavored brown butter pecan cookie that has a rich and sweet taste.

These delicious chewy cookies are always great for holidays or to make for potlucks or snacks.

You start off by browning the butter, which adds to the deep flavor, and combines it with chopped pecans for one amazing cookie.

And it might just help you win that cookie exchange you go to every year.

Give these shortbread cookies a try this holiday season.

Butter pecan cookies on a counter.

There are a few steps to these cookies, but they are worth every single step.

Browning the butter, cooking the chopped pecans, and topping with a pecan are all a part of the delicious dessert.

And it gives the cookies a toasty flavor.

What Do I Need To Make The Butter Pecan Cookies?

  • Butter
  • Pecans
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Cinnamon
  • Pecan halves

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post.

  1. Brown the butter and set it aside.
  2. Toast pecans with some butter and set aside.
  3. Add the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon to a bowl and whisk. Set aside.
  4. Pour the browned butter into a large bowl.
  5. Add the brown and white sugars and mix well.
  6. Next, pour the vanilla extract and eggs into the bowl and mix well.
  7. Add the flour mixture and mix until well blended.
  8. Now, add the chopped pecans to the dough and fold in.
  9. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  10. Roll the cookies into 1-1/2-inch to 2-inch balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  11. Press a pecan half onto the top.
  12. (Optional) Sprinkle sugar or sea salt on top for added flavor.
  13. Bake for 9 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. The center will still be a little wiggly.
Pecan cookies on the counter.

How-To Steps For Browned Butter

I learned about brown butter, also known as beurre noisette, not too long ago and was intrigued. I wanted to know what it was all about.

However, I have to admit I was a bit intimidated. But it’s so easy to make and only takes a few minutes.

Plus, you can use brown butter in so many recipes, including brown butter blondies, on popcorn, drizzled over veggies, in cakes, with lobster, and so much more.

It adds a rich flavor to any recipe you use it on.

Melting butter in a saucepan.

Start by adding the butter to a saucepan. Turn the heat up to medium and allow it to cook, stirring often.

The butter will bubble and take about five or so minutes to get to the browned point.

Brown butter in a glass bowl.

Once you start to see a bit of brown-looking grit in the bottom, it’s done.

It really has a nutty smell to it, and that’s another good indication it’s now browned butter.

Remove it from the stove and pour it into a bowl that can handle the hot liquid. Set it aside, and you’ll use it in just a minute.

How To Toast Pecans

Butter in a saucepan.

Grab that skillet again, add the butter and allow it to melt.

I would use the medium heat setting.

Pecan and butter in a saucepan.

Next, add the chopped pecans to the melted butter and stir to coat them. Toast the pecans for about five minutes and remove them from the heat.

Flour, salt, baking soda and powder in a glass bowl.

Get a medium bowl and add the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Whisk and set it aside.

Brown butter in a large glass bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, add the browned butter.

Sugar and butter in a glass bowl.

Next, add the white sugar and brown sugar to the bowl. Mix the ingredients.

Pouring vanilla extract into a bowl with sugar and butter.

Pour in the vanilla extract.

Pouring eggs into a glass bowl with sugar and butter.

Add the eggs and mix again.

Flour mixture in a glass bowl.

Now, add the flour mixture and mix the ingredients until they are well blended.

(I forgot to add the cinnamon in the step above).

Pecans in cookie dough.

Finally, add the toasted pecans and fold them in.

Place the butter pecan cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Leave it in there for a few if you have the time because it will help keep the cookies from spreading out too much when baking.

Baking The Cookies

Pecan butter cookies on a cookie sheet.

After the dough chills, take the cookie dough out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter long enough to make the scooping easier.

I think I let mine sit there for about 10-15 minutes before scooping.

Once it’s ready to scoop, you can either scoop it out with a cookie scoop or use a spoon and roll a cookie about 1-1/2-inches to 2-inches thick.

Gently press half a pecan on the tops of the cookies.

OPTION: Sprinkle a little bit of granulated sugar OR sea salt on top of the cookie for some added flavor.

Set the cookies about two inches apart on prepared baking sheets in a single layer and bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown on the edges.

I lined the cookie sheets with parchment paper, which helps with clean up.

They can be a little wiggly in the middle, and that will help keep them soft.

Allow the cookies to cool on a cooling rack after they bake.

I shared some with a friend the day after I made them, and she loved that they were still soft.

Butter pecan cookies stacked on the counter.

How To Store The Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container. They can be frozen for up to two months.

More Delicious Holiday Pecan Desserts:

Christmas Cookies

Butter pecan cookies stacked on the counter.

Check out the butter pecan cookies recipe below, grab those ingredients, and start baking! This is a delicious treat that everyone will love.

Butter pecan cookies on the counter.

Butter Pecan Cookies

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 29 minutes

Butter pecan cookies are a great addition to your holiday party. The cookies feature a nutty flavor and soft centers. The pecan flavor adds to the holiday feel and promises to help you win the next cookie exchange.


Toasted Pecans

  • 1-1/2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons butter

Pecan Cookies

  • 2 sticks butter, browned
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 24 pecan halves (have a few more on hand, just in case)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Brown the two sticks of butter and set aside.

Toasted Pecans

  1. Melt 1-1/2 Tablespoons butter in a saucepan.
  2. Next, add the 1-1/2 cups of chopped pecans to the saucepan and toast the pecans for about five minutes. Set aside.

Pecan Cookies

  1. Add the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon to a medium-sized bowl and whisk. Set aside.
  2. Next, pour the browned butter into a large bowl and add the brown and white sugars. Mix well.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and eggs and mix.
  4. Now, add the flour mixture and mix well.
  5. Finally, add the toasted pecans to the cookie dough and fold in.
  6. Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least one hour.
  7. Scoop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet about two inches apart. Each cookie should be about 1-1/2 to 2-inches around.
  8. Place a pecan half on each cookie.
  9. Bake for about nine minutes or until the edges are golden brown. The center should still be a little wiggly.


See post on brown butter instructions:

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Thursday 22nd of December 2022

These are so delicious!!!! Gonna put them in my faves every Christmas, next time I know I'll need to double the recipe!

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 22nd of December 2022

That's great to hear! Thanks so much for sharing!

Rosa Wood

Friday 2nd of December 2022

Going to give it a try love pecans.

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

I hope you love them!

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