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Butter Pecan Cookies Recipe

Butter Pecan Cookies Recipe

When my daughter was a teen, these cookies earned her two blue ribbons from two county fairs. Then a few years ago, her own daughter took home a blue ribbon for the same cookie. Needless to say, these mouthwatering morsels are real winners!—Martha Thefield, Cedartown, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:24 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  • 1. Place chopped pecans and 1 tablespoon butter in a baking pan. Bake at 325° for 5-7 minutes or until toasted and browned, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream brown sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • 3. Roll into 1-in. balls, then roll in toasted pecans, pressing nuts into dough. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Beat egg white until foamy. Dip pecan halves in egg white, then gently press one into each ball.
  • 4. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 233 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 208mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Robincriner User ID: 8343218 225100
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2015

"My 12 year old granddaughter saw this recipe and made them for the Lake County Fair. She won a best in show ribbon! These cookies are great!"

squawkbox User ID: 8175678 215576
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Great recipe. It was mealy and dry but pressed together it does hold enough. After baking it does make a delicious, crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth cookie. My second time I added half an over ripe banana and ended up with a harder brittle cookie but tasty with a finish of banana nut."

LadyMerlin User ID: 7246803 203738
Reviewed May. 16, 2014

"These cookies are amazing, one of our favorites. My husband often asks me to make them and they have gotten loads of compliments from his co-workers. I didn't have any of the issues some of the reviewers had and followed the recipe exact."

Jezziebones User ID: 7535752 27562
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"Great taste, but when I added the flour to the mixture the consistency was mealy. I had to add about 2 tablespoons of milk to make it come together. Is there something missing in this recipe?"

testuser120 User ID: 7401715 100322
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013


Wwl User ID: 7008739 28404
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"I made theses cookies they were good, soft but dry any suggestions?less or more of something?"

kristin1993 User ID: 6890005 32898
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"These tasted great! my family loved them, the only problem i ran into is i ran out of chopped pecans way before i ran out of the dough so i just made some without! :) definately would recommend these for anyone to make"

Mrsfranmac User ID: 2692389 203737
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"These made a big hit at my house. Will definitely make again!"

murphda User ID: 5718042 80474
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"These cookies will change your life!!! They are great and are going into my permanent file."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 79431
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2010

"Good cookie- my husband says next time add chocolate chips!"

joniotto User ID: 1827180 71147
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"This is the best recipe for butter pecan cookies that I've tried - melt in your mouth good."

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