Toasted Pecan Dainties Recipe

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These melt-in-your-mouth delights have an irresistible nutty taste and light, airy texture. The dough is made ahead of time and chilled overnight, leaving just the baking to be done the next day.—Connie Wagler, Cross Hill, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:132 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 132 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 65 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, oil and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Shape dough into four 1-1/2-in. diameter logs; wrap each in plastic wrap. Freeze overnight.
  3. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2-1/2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 11 dozen.
Originally published as Toasted Pecan Dainties in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p84

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