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A plate of pecan sandies
Pecan Sandies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Cooling Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins

These Pecan Sandies are crisp and crumbly and melt in your mouth delicious! They're perfect with a cup of tea or even crumbled over your favorite ice cream!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, dessert, pecans
Servings: 30 2-inch cookies
Calories: 93 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk, cold from the fridge
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pecans on a baking sheet. Toast for 5-7 minutes until fragrant. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool, Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. Finely chop the pecans. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and pecans until well combined.

  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Continue to cook until butter gives off a nutty aroma and brown bits begin to appear at the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat and cool for about one hour at room temperature.

  4. Stir sugars, vanilla, salt and baking soda into the cooled brown butter, then add the egg yolk. Fold in the pecan flour mixture.

  5. Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough onto prepared sheet, leaving 2 inches apart. Flatten into 3/4-inch discs. Bake for 13-15 minutes until lightly browned. Cool to room temperature on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Store cookies in airtight container for up to three weeks at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Don't skip toasting your pecans. Toasting them makes them crunchier and intensifies the rich nutty flavor.

When you brown your butter, keep a close eye on the saucepan. The butter can go from lightly browned to burnt rather quickly.

I flatten my cookies with the bottom of a glass that I lightly dip in sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Sandies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 158IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.