Lemon Pecan Slices Recipe

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These attractive morsels are my daughter's favorite. The lemon glaze pairs well with the delicate nut-topped cookie. —Melissa Branning, Fontana, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 drop yellow food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 132 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Separate one egg; refrigerate egg white. Add the egg yolk, second egg, vanilla and lemon peel to creamed mixture; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Shape into three 7-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  2. Unwrap logs. Lightly beat reserved egg white. Combine pecans and sugar. Brush each log with egg white, then roll in pecan mixture, pressing firmly into dough.
  3. Cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 6-7 minutes or until very lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cookies. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Pecan Slices in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p86

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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