Butterscotch Pecan Cookies Recipe
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Butterscotch Pecan Cookies Recipe

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Butterscotch Pecan Cookies have a rich buttery flavor. "No one will guess they started from convenient cake and pudding mixes," assures field editor Betty Janway of Ruston, Louisiana.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package butter recipe golden cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 202 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In large bowl, combine the first five ingredients until well blended. Stir in pecans (the dough will be crumbly).
  2. Roll rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Pillsbury brand butter recipe cake mix.
Originally published as Butterscotch Pecan Cookies in Taste of Home February/March 1999, p9

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gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 267670
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2017

"This worked great with Pillsbury dough! Such a good dessert recipe!"

texasterry User ID: 2684398 25078
Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"These cookies are AMAZING!!! I added 1 cup of butterscotch chips and the dough held together just fine. I will DEFINATLY be making these again!"

[email protected] User ID: 2350474 202962
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013 Edited Apr. 10, 2014

"I do a tremendous amount of baking during the holidays and I thought this recipe would be a quick one to use. I spent more time squeezing the crumbs together and trying to manipulate them into balls than I would have if I had made cookies from scratch. The flavor is good but next time I make them I will add a 1/2 tsp. caramel flavoring and make them when I have a lot more time. This is an update to the review of the recipe. I was not happy with the results of the batter the first time I made these cookies. I made them again today but I added 1T half and half and a half tsp. of caramel flavoring with the first five ingredients and the results were amazing! The dough rolled into balls easily and held together well. I rolled the balls of dough in sugar before placing them on the cookie sheet. I will use this recipe many more times!"

[email protected] User ID: 6527919 85359
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"Made these cookies for the residents at work! Many compliments!"

[email protected] User ID: 6527919 202961
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013

"I was just looking for any easy recipes, and boy am I happy to find this one! Just took them out of the oven. Real good! I can't wait to make them for the residents at work. I wonder if these cookies would be as good made with sugar-free pudding."

kamperking User ID: 4040451 69836
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2012

"These cookies are delicious and so easy to make. Will make often for church coffee hour."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 70171
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"easy and tasty. I didn't have pecans, so I used 1 cup of butterscotch chips. Delicious.

I also used Duncans Hinds butter recipe cake mix. Will make again."

lacourtney User ID: 1302352 48854
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"These cookies are fabulous. My 9 year old made them for her 4-H project and won champion. She was thrilled!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 19518
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2009

"These cookies are so yummy and ridiculously easy to bake! A new favorite of ours!

~ Theresa"

homecooker7 User ID: 100947 69816
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2008

"Can these cookies be made flatter?"

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