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Pecan Sandies Cookies Recipe

Pecan Sandies Cookies Recipe

Whenever Mother made these cookies, there never seemed to be enough! Even now when I make them, they disappear quickly. These melt-in-your mouth treats are great with a cold glass of milk or a steaming mug of hot chocolate. —Debbie Carlson, San Diego, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling YIELD:30 servings


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 300°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add water and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add flour; fold in pecans.
  • 2. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets and flatten with fingers.
  • 3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until bottom edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 239 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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fhquilting User ID: 2569371 265662
Reviewed May. 7, 2017

"wonderful recipe...similar to what I have been making many years; but better. I am amazed that there are people who use this review space to demand their cultural name for these cookies which are made in many countries and cultures and regions of the US and are known for their regional names. Please just review the recipe for the rest of us!"

Christine User ID: 8976261 257384
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2016

"Disappointed that the Taste of Home website does not seem to be smartphone friendly. I was unable to pin this recipe to Pinterest."

roomdznr User ID: 5665338 243322
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"Part of the Christmas baskets for friends and neighbors. Everyone loved them."

235gbt User ID: 8485749 238333
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"these remind me of those Danish wedding cookies that comes in the pink box and that is $3.99 at walmarts!"

soobee1515 User ID: 8240086 238329
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015


tonyagj User ID: 6449521 216291
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"I have looked all over for this recipe! These were truly amazing. My husband, a HUGE fan of pecan sandies, loved them. I had to make 2 batches to have enough for my office cookie exchange."

pointgloria User ID: 4238033 216052
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"I make them every year but I use walnuts chopped small, roll when warm, then roll again when cooled."

Choc. lover User ID: 2183531 216033
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"All you ladies who are such "experts" on these cookies need to learn how to be polite to other bakers. These cookies are pecan sandies because they have pecans in them. Mexican Wedding cookies or Cresents can be made with either and can be rolled in powdered sugar or drizzled with chocolate (yummy). Please stop being so mean, its just flour and sugar ladies, not some life or death thing. If you made this recipe, please rate it and review it. If you did not make it just like the recipe, please do not send in your opinion.

Please be respectful of each other."

heart4asia User ID: 4883587 215748
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"i normally like these cookies, but i thought this recipe was way too dry. by the end of the batch, they were turning to just crumbs. probably won't make this recipe again. but, the flavor of them was good. it could be possible that i need to try a different kind of butter and just cut back on the flour and nuts. not sure i like them enough to do much experimenting."

[email protected] User ID: 2991159 215652
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"I made these instead of my usual "snowballs" as one of the 5 different cookies for my cookie gifts this year. They are excellent! I definitely will be making them again next year. Thanks for the recipe! I did increase the oven temp to 350 degrees. and rolled twice in confectionery sugar. Once while warm and once after they cooled."

theenduringimage User ID: 7744557 215033
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"I am rating these cookies solely on majority reviews I have read; I have not made these cookies myself (yet). As the nutritional facts show high numbers in most categories, can someone please come forward indicating what I can swap the butter and flour with to lower the numbers? Will assume the possible swaps will also lower the calories overall.

If someone knows of a similar recipe I can look into with lower numbers instead, I will appreciate the input. My husband is diabetic and does not really have a sweet tooth; so a recipe like this without the confectioner's sugar outer coating may be just right for him. I just need to lower the nutritional fact numbers a bit."

TeresaHacker User ID: 8155042 214727
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"I used to make these years ago and called them "Mexican Wedding Cookies""

3canning3 User ID: 8089100 214599
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"I just made these with Anise instead of vanilla, they are amazing!"

j3030ms User ID: 7682957 214586
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"I agree, it doesn't matter what these are called. My grandmother made this recipe in the 1960's and it was called a pecan sandy. I have the same recipe that a friend gave me and it is called a Russian tea cake. Who cares? Just make and eat and enjoy, they are delicious."

lisasdream User ID: 7919077 214576
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"I add mini chocolate chips when I make them."

sharoncarnevale User ID: 8116665 214419
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

"b.meiring is correct. These are mexican wedding cookies. I make them every year in my house at Christmas. Very addicting."

cooter09 User ID: 3511442 214262
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"Annita96... Yes, I freeze these cookies after baking with the confectioner's sugar in single layers with wax paper between the layers!!

We call these cookies Russian Tea cookies."

annita96 User ID: 6105597 214225
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"I was wondering how these cookies freeze with the confectioners sugar on them"

Aula User ID: 1127835 214142
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"It doesn't make any difference to me what the cookie is called as long as it is good and these are delicious!!!"

falknermimi User ID: 3056172 214119
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"These were very tasty. We love pecans here in the South. I did however dust mine with confectioner sugar while they were still warm."

bmeiring User ID: 2806594 214117
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"These are very good but they are NOT pecan sandies. They are called Mexican Wedding Cakes. They should be rolled into balls and baked, not flattened. Then rolled again into confectioners sugar while still warm. True Pecan Sandies are a shortbread cookie and crunchy. Sandies also are not dusted with confectioners sugar."

kirbijo User ID: 3667086 5670
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"They were ok. A little too dry for my liking and not very much flavor. They were super easy though and indeed staples in my kitchen as another reviewer said."

RED1944 User ID: 7558862 199153
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"10 star Excellent cookies they where a hit at my party fof Christmas. 10 star"

justeatit User ID: 6902197 4581
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Delicious and so simple to make, everyone loves them!"

skibo407 User ID: 6996698 4796
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"Simple and good tasting. This is the perfect recipe, regardless of the name. The cookies were a hit."

poorservant User ID: 6883019 7598
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"Sorry for the double posting..."

poorservant User ID: 6883019 4793
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"I gave this recipe a poor rating because these are NOT Pecan Sandies. These are more akin to Wedding Cookies."

poorservant User ID: 6883019 4579
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"I gave this recipe a poor rating because these are NOT Pecan Sandies. These are more akin to Wedding Cookies. I selected "Yes" when asked if I would make this recipe again, because they are good as Wedding Cookies."

Ms.Phyllis User ID: 6712862 6496
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"These are wonderful and light. I will be making them again"

raceywlf User ID: 3872239 6011
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"love these cookies, have been making them for years, so easy and delicious. I always add them to my Christmas selections."

landofoz07 User ID: 1579103 5668
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010


jas1906 User ID: 1656127 4792
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008

"These are so delicious and so easy to make. Just like a shortbread, only better with the pecans. The nice thing is all of the ingredients are staples in my kitchen. Will definitely make again."

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