Tender Pecan Logs Recipe
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Tender Pecan Logs Recipe

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Folks always expect to find these tender nutty logs on the cookie gift trays I give at Christmas. They're not overly sweet and go great with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. —Joyce Beck, Gadsden, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 117 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 62 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add the flour, beating on low speed just until combined. Stir in pecans. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. Shape 1/2 cupfuls into 1/2-in.-thick logs. Cut logs into 2-in. pieces. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; cool on wire racks. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Pecan Logs in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2002, p30

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Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"Love these, will make for Christmas as gift for friends"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"Love these cookies, will make for my Xmas cookies"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"I roll the warm cookies in a sugar/cinnamon mixture instead of powdered sugar."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"This is the recipe I've been looking for. It's simple & tastes divine. The cookie just melts in my mouth. Yum!"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Very similar to pecan crescents that I make. These are easier to just roll and cut rather than shape into a crescent. Excellent taste and the kids can help roll and cut."

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