Swedish Pecan Butter Cookies Recipe
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Swedish Pecan Butter Cookies Recipe

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Among our large family's Christmas Eve traditions is enjoying these delectable cookies-one of the 20 varieties my sister bakes for the holiday. They have a pleasing pecan flavor and are so buttery and delicate, they almost melt in your mouth.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:33 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 33 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Additional chopped pecans
  • Halved red maraschino cherries or red jelly of your choice

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 104 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk, cream and vanilla. Combine the flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in finely chopped pecans. Roll into 3/4-in. balls.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg white. Dip balls in egg white, then roll in additional pecans. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each ball. Top each ball with a cherry half or fill with jelly. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Carefully remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Swedish Butter Cookies in Country Woman November/December 2004, p33

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268284
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2017

"With the cherry on top these cookies are perfect for Christmas on a cookie tray. They taste wonderful."

cherylfegan User ID: 3797058 146158
Reviewed May. 31, 2009

"Definately a special occasion cookie. Very, very good, but time consuming."

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