Butter Pecan Cookies - CakeWhiz

Butter Pecan Cookies

129.4K Shares

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Easy, soft and chewy butter pecan cookies recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with toasted pecans and toffee bits. Great for Christmas and Thanksgiving parties!

If you love everything to do with Fall and Thanksgiving, then today’s recipe is for you! It combines warm cinnamon flavors with nutty pecans in the most perfect way possible. My family enjoys them just as these Fall Cookies (Leaf Cookies) and Cinnamon Cookies or these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Closeup shot of Homemade Butter Pecan Cookies on White Background

How to make butter pecan cookies recipe from scratch?

  1. Cream butter and sugar– Until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla– And mix until smooth.
  3. Prepare dry mixture– By mixing together flour, cornstarch, and baking soda.
  4. Mix wet and dry mixture- Until combined.
  5. Add pecans– And mix until evenly distributed.
  6. Chill– For 30-45 minutes.
  7. Make cookie balls– And place them on a cookie tray.
  8. Bake- Until the cookies are golden brown and firm along the edges.

Storage

Room temperature– Store them in a cookie jar for up to 3 days.

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 5 days.

Freeze– Cookie dough can be frozen for up to 1 month and defrosted overnight in the fridge. I don’t recommend freezing baked cookies since the nuts lose their crunch when they thaw.

Variations

Pecan shortbread cookies- Incorporate finely chopped pecans into my Best Shortbread Cookies recipe. Please note that the recipe below cannot be modified to a shortbread.

Chocolate chip pecan cookies– Mix in any flavor chocolate chips into the dough such as semi-sweet, dark chocolate or white chocolate chips.

Pecan snowball cookies– Check out my Snowball Cookies recipe and add chopped pecans instead of walnuts. Once again, the recipe below cannot be modified to a shortbread.

Add coconut– Add 1/2 cup shredded coconut to the dough. Toasting it first will enhance the flavor.

Add oatmeal– Reduce the amount of flour by 1/3 cups and replace that with quick cooking oats. This will make the cookies slightly chewy.

Add toffee bits or butterscotch chips– Their flavor compliments very well with pecans.

Use browned butter- If you have the time, brown butter first and let it cool and then use that in this recipe for a lovely nutty flavor and color.

Stuff it with caramel– Stuff the cookies with caramel, prior to baking for an ooey gooey surprise.

Add bourbon– Mix in about 2 tbsp bourbon into the cookie dough.

Cookie bars– Spread the dough in a rectangular pan and bake. Slice them into bars with a very sharp knife, once baked. Let them cool completely before removing from pan.

Soft and Chewy Pecan Cookies with Bite Removed

Tips and Techniques

Why add cornstarch? When cornstarch is added with flour, it softens the harsh proteins of the flour, which makes the cookies very soft and tender.

All ingredients must be at room temperature– Because this will allow them to blend together smoothly and evenly.

Why did my cookies spread? This is probably because the dough was not chilled before baking or too much liquid was added to the recipe.

Chilling the cookie dough is very important– Do not skip this step because it allows the cookies to hold their shape while they bake and prevents them from spreading.

Use unsalted butter and unsalted pecans- Because that prevents this treat from becoming too salty.

Use toasted pecans- Because they have an enhanced nutty flavor.

Don’t replace butter with oil- Because the texture of the cookies will change entirely.

Use both granulated and brown sugar– Because they create the best flavor profile.

More Pecan Desserts

Closeup shot of Homemade Butter Pecan Cookies on White Background
Print

Butter Pecan Cookies

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

Easy, soft and chewy butter pecan cookies recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with toasted pecans. Great for Christmas and Thanksgiving!

Servings: 30 Cookies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade butter pecan cookies
Calories: 172 kcal
Author: Abeer

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter Unsalted, Melted, Should be cooled so that it's warm and not very hot
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs Large
  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1.5 cups Pecans Roughly chopped, Unsalted, Preferably toasted
  • 1/2 cup Toffee bits Optional

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

  2. Add eggs, vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

  3. Add flour, cinnamon powder, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder and mix until just combined.

  4. Mix in pecans and toffee bits until evenly distributed.

  5. Chill dough for 30-45 minutes to make it easier to handle.

  6. Scoop out small portions of the dough and roll into balls. The chilled dough will seem a bit crumbly but the warmth of your hands will help bring the dough together into small balls.

  7. Optional: Roll each cookie dough ball in a bowl of granulated sugar, if you like. I don't usually do it but my Mom does it.

  8. Place them on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper.

  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 11-14 minutes or until cookies are golden brown and firm along the edges. They will be "poofy" in the center and deflate as they cool. If they don't deflate fully to your liking, you can press down gently with the back of a spoon. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Butter Pecan Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 208IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
129.4K Shares

25 comments on “Butter Pecan Cookies”

  1. 3 days in a cookie jar? They barely lasted long enough to completely cool down 🙂 I added coconut to the second batch I made. Big hit! And as for recommending not freezing cookies because the nuts don’t have as much crunch – my husband LOVES frozen cookies (again, no need for a cookie jar.) Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.5 stars

  2. Is there a way to omit the egg my children are allergic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating