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Butterscotch Pecan Cookies

Butterscotch pecan cookies have a rich buttery flavor. No one will guess they started from convenient cake and pudding mixes. — Betty Janway, Ruston, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 package butter recipe golden cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In large bowl, combine the first five ingredients until well blended. Stir in pecans (the dough will be crumbly).
  • Roll rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Pillsbury brand butter recipe cake mix.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 202 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • rena 55
    Jul 19, 2020

    My hubby loves butterscotch cookies and liked this recipe. I did add some butterscotch chips in for more taste!

  • sd20
    Jul 23, 2018

    Easy to make and they taste quite yummy. Followed directions exactly as directed.

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Jun 5, 2017

    This worked great with Pillsbury dough! Such a good dessert recipe!

  • texasterry
    May 13, 2014

    These cookies are AMAZING!!! I added 1 cup of butterscotch chips and the dough held together just fine. I will DEFINATLY be making these again!

  • mikelssword
    Dec 19, 2013

    I do a tremendous amount of baking during the holidays and I thought this recipe would be a quick one to use. I spent more time squeezing the crumbs together and trying to manipulate them into balls than I would have if I had made cookies from scratch. The flavor is good but next time I make them I will add a 1/2 tsp. caramel flavoring and make them when I have a lot more time. This is an update to the review of the recipe. I was not happy with the results of the batter the first time I made these cookies. I made them again today but I added 1T half and half and a half tsp. of caramel flavoring with the first five ingredients and the results were amazing! The dough rolled into balls easily and held together well. I rolled the balls of dough in sugar before placing them on the cookie sheet. I will use this recipe many more times!

  • maritab
    Mar 3, 2013

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  • tdtyrolt
    Feb 23, 2013

    Made these cookies for the residents at work! Many compliments!

  • tdtyrolt
    Feb 13, 2013

    I was just looking for any easy recipes, and boy am I happy to find this one! Just took them out of the oven. Real good! I can't wait to make them for the residents at work. I wonder if these cookies would be as good made with sugar-free pudding.

  • robisonh
    Jul 30, 2012

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  • kamperking
    Jun 16, 2012

    These cookies are delicious and so easy to make. Will make often for church coffee hour.