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Pecan Sandies

Pecan sandies are a buttery and delicious cookie that is perfect for potlucks, holidays, cookie exchanges, or just sitting around eating (this is my favorite choice).

Easy Pecan Sandies Recipe

Pecan sandies on a plate.

My youngest loved the cookies and couldn’t stop eating them. And, I have to admit, I had a tough time stopping at one cookie because they are just so good. The cookies were gone fast!

The shortbread cookies have a gentle sweet flavor with a buttery pecan taste.

Pecan sandies stacked on top of each other.

An Easy And Decadent Cookie Recipe

The easy and decadent recipe is a buttery shortbread cookie with toasted chopped pecans.

Some people like to sprinkle powdered sugar on top, or roll them in it before cooking, but I prefer them just as they are. It just comes down to preference.

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Pecan Sandies?

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans

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

How Do I Make the Pecan Sandies Cookies Recipe?

  1. Toast the pecans in a skillet with some butter and set aside.
  2. Start by adding the softened butter to a large bowl.
  3. Next, add the sugar and mix until creamy.
  4. Add the flour and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well.
  5. Finally, add the chopped pecans and mix.
  6. Pour half of the shortbread cookie dough onto a large piece of parchment paper (the dough will be very dry and crumbly) and roll it up, while pressing the dough together.
  7. Repeat with the remainder of the dough.
  8. Create a log shape and place it in the refrigerator for one hour.
  9. After one hour, slice the cookies and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are a light golden brown.

Making the Pecan Sandies Recipe

Pecan and butter in a saucepan.

Toast the pecans in a skillet with two tablespoons of butter and set it aside.

Butter in a glass bowl.

Add the softened butter to the bowl.

Butter and sugar in a glass bowl.

Next, add the sugar to the bowl and cream the two ingredients together with a hand mixer.

Flour, butter, and sugar in a glass bowl.

Pour the flour into the bowl and mix well. The cookie/shortbread dough will be very crumbly.

I thought I messed up on the recipe, but when you go to roll it up, it will all come together.

Pouring vanilla extract into the bowl.

Pour the vanilla extract into the bowl and mix.

Adding chopped pecans to the shortbread.

Finally, add the pecans to the bowl and mix.

Pecan sandies shortbread cookie dough on top of parchment paper.

Grab a large piece of parchment paper and lay it out on the counter. Pour half of your crumbly cookie dough on top and press it together.

Pecan sandies rolled up into a log shape.

You’ll have to work it into a log shape, and then wrap the parchment paper around it.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, you’re just aiming to make it round. If you watch the video you’ll be able to watch me roll it up.

Place the log into the refrigerator for one hour to firm up.

Repeat with the remainder of the cookie dough.

Slices of pecan sandies dough.

Once you remove it from the refrigerator, slice it into 1/2-inch slices.

Cookies sliced and on a cookie sheet.

Place the cookies on a cookie sheet at least one inch apart and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges.

The cookies really won’t spread or rise while baking. They will keep their shortbread shape.

Shortbread pecan sandies sitting on a white plate.

Other tasty cookies and desserts:

Cookies stacked on top of each other on a white plate.

Check out the pecan sandies recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start baking! This is a great cookie any time of the year, especially around the holidays, and I think you’ll  love it.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a picture of your cookies on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Yield: 2 dozen

Pecan Sandies

Pecan sandies on a plate.

Pecan sandies are a buttery and delicious cookie that is perfect for potlucks, holidays, and sharing with the family. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted (+1 Tbsp. butter for toasting)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Toast the pecans in a skillet with 1 Tbsp. of butter and set them aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325-degrees.
  3. Add the softened butter to a large bowl.
  4. Next, add the sugar and cream the two ingredients with a hand mixer.
  5. Add the flour and mix well. (The shortbread cookie dough will be very crumbly).
  6. Pour the vanilla into the dough and mix.
  7. Finally, add the chopped pecans and mix.
  8. Pour half of the crumbly cookie dough onto a large piece of parchment paper and roll it up into a log.
  9. Do it again with the other half of the cookie dough.
  10. Refrigerate for one hour.
  11. Remove the log from the refrigerator and slice each cookie about 1/2-inch thick and place on a cookie sheet.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Irene

Thursday 5th of November 2020

They do look irresistible!

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Thanks, Irene!

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