I am a sucker for a good butter pecan cookie. In fact, I would venture to say they are my favorite cookies of all time. There is something about the nutty, buttery, and caramel-like flavors that make them irresistible.
So when I came across this recipe, I knew I had to try it. And boy, was I glad I did! These cookies are absolutely delicious. They have the perfect amount of sweetness and spice, and the texture is perfect.
If you are looking for a new go-to cookie recipe, then you need to try these Butter Pecan Cookies! You will not be disappointed.
Why do I love Butter Pecan Cookies?
There are a few reasons why I love butter pecan cookies. First of all, they have a great flavor. The buttery taste is perfectly paired with the sweetness of the caramel-like flavor. It’s a delicious combination that I can’t get enough of!
Another reason I love these cookies is because of their texture. They have a slightly crunchy exterior with a soft and chewy interior. This makes them the perfect cookie to satisfy any craving.
Lastly, I love how easy they are to make! This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and comes together quickly. So if you’re ever in the mood for something sweet, these Butter Pecan Cookies are the perfect treat.
- Baking soda
- Egg yolk
- Chopped pecans
- Butter softened
- All-purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Baking soda
- Pecan halves for garnish
Step 1. Add the softened butter to a skillet over medium heat, and stir in the pecans. Toast the pecans for 5 minutes and set aside.
Step 2. Combine the cornstarch, salt, flour, cinnamon, and baking soda in a bowl.
Step 3. Place the cooled brown butter into a mixing bowl with the eggs, vanilla, and egg yolk.
Blend until combined.
Step 4. Place the dry ingredients into the egg and butter mixture, and beat until a smooth batter has formed.
Step 5. Mix the toasted pecans into the dough.
Step 6. Chill the dough for 4 hours in the fridge.
Step 7. Heat the oven to 375 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 8. Scoop the cookie dough onto the baking sheet.
Step 9. Flatten the cookies slightly, and place a pecan half in the center of each one.
Step 10. Bake for 10 minutes. If not quite browned, cook a few minutes longer.
Step 11. Cool before serving.
Butter Pecan Cookies
- 1 tsp. Baking soda
- 1 Egg yolk Large, at room temperature
- 1 ½ C. Pecans Finely chopped
- 2 eggs Large, at room temperature
- 3 Tbsp. Butter softened
- 1 Tbsp. Vanilla
- 2 ½ C. All purpose flour
- ½ C. Granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
- 1 C. Brown sugar
- ½ tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 C. Butter melted and slightly browned in a skillet
- ¾ tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Baking soda
- Pecan halves for garnish
- Add the softened butter to a skillet over medium heat, and stir in the pecans. Toast the pecans for 5 minutes and set aside.
- Combine the cornstarch, salt, flour, cinnamon and baking soda in a bowl.
- Place the cooled brown butter into a mixing bowl with the eggs, vanilla and egg yolk. Blend until combined.
- Place the dry ingredients into the egg and butter mixture, and beat until a smooth batter has formed.
- Mix the toasted pecans into the dough.
- Chill the dough for 4 hours in the fridge.
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Scoop the cookie dough onto the baking sheet.
- Flatten the cookies slightly, and place a pecan half in the center of each one.
- Bake for 10 minutes. If not quite browned, cook a few minutes longer.
- Cool before serving.
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Butter Pecan Cookies Tips
If you’ve never made butter pecan cookies before, don’t worry! They are actually quite easy to make. Here are a few tips to help you out:
- Start by creaming together the butter and sugar. This will help to create a smooth dough that is easier to work with.
- Be sure to use fresh nuts for the best flavor. I like to toast my pecans before adding them to the dough, but this step is optional.
- Once the dough is prepared, use a cookie scoop to portion it out onto a baking sheet. This will help ensure that your cookies are all uniform in size.
- Bake the cookies until they are lightly golden brown. Allow them to cool on the baking
Butter Pecan Cookies Variations
There are a few ways you can change up this recipe to make it your own. Here are a few ideas:
- Add in some chocolate chips for a delicious twist.
- Swap out the pecans for another type of nut, like walnuts or almonds.
- Use brown sugar in place of white sugar for a deeper flavor.
- Stir in some spices, like cinnamon or nutmeg, for an extra kick of flavor.
No matter how you choose to make them, these Butter Pecan Cookies will be sure to please! So what are you waiting for? Give them a try today and see for yourself!
Is Butter Pecan a Southern Thing?
Yes, butter pecan is well known in the South. While it has ventured to all parts of the world, it’s something you can order at many southern restaurants.
What does Butter Pecan Taste Like?
Butter pecan is a decadent flavor that is rich and has a nutty buttery flavor. It’s popular in cookies as well as ice cream!
How to Properly Brown Butter?
You’ll need to add the softened butter to your skillet and cook it for around 5 minutes. Stir frequently until the butter has browned up. It’s important not to use too high of heat or cook for too long.
How Long Will Homemade Cookies Stay Fresh?
They will last at room temperature for 1-2 weeks. Keep them in an airtight container away from the stove or oven. They should also be kept away from sunlight and steam from the sink or dishwasher.
How to freeze
Add a layer of cookies on a baking sheet, so they aren’t touching. Flash freeze for 2 hours, so they are solid. Then place them in a freezer container, and they will last 3–4 months in the freezer.
How to make in advance
Prepare the cookie dough and roll it into a log. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 6 months, or refrigerate for up to 3 days. Then cut slices of cookie dough and bake.
Additionally, you can roll the cookie dough into balls and freeze or refrigerate it until you are ready to bake. You will need to add 1-2 additional minutes to your baking time if the dough is frozen.
More Favorite Cookies To Love:
Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies – Rich and sweet cookies!
Italian Christmas Cookies – These are the easiest cookies.
Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies – They are bright, cheery, and oh-so-good!