Butter Pecan Cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies.

When it comes to Butter Pecan….. I am an absolute FANATIC!

The way some people feel about chocolate………..
That’s my butter pecan.

Can anyone relate?

As early back as I can remember – even as a child going to Kerber’s Dairy with my grandpap for ice cream, I chose Butter Pecan.

Not chocolate, not strawberry, not chocolate chip, not vanilla……

But creamy, buttery, salty, crunchy, nutty Butter Pecan.

So when I came across this recipe at BakerbyNature for Butter Pecan cookies, I had try it, and O M G!

BROWNED Butter is the secret to these little delights.

And I will not be baking these often, because these – I cannot resist!

Make them if you dare!

Butter Pecan Cookies



  • 1 lb. (4 sticks) butter (salted), melted and browned
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  •  2 tsp baking soda

Buttered Pecans

  • 3 cups pecan halves, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp butter (salted)

Additions for Decorating:

  • 50-60 pecan halves
  • Coarse raw sugar


Prepare Buttered Pecans by melting butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add chopped pecans and cook, stirring occasionally for 4-5 mins, until lightly toasted.  Remove from skillet to a bowl to cool.

In same skillet, melt 4 sticks of butter for cookie batter.  Bring to a boil until butter just begins to brown, and then remove from heat.  (Watch carefully, as butter can turn from browned to burned quickly.  It takes about 5 minutes over medium-high heat, but it is so key to get it to the “browned” stage.)

Using electric mixer, combine sugars with browned butter on slow speed until fully combined.  Add vanilla and then eggs, one at time, beating until fully combined.

Add flour, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda – folding in with rubber spatula until fully incorporated, and then fold in the buttered pecans.

Cover bowl and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

If you have refrigerated overnight – let dough sit to room temperature to become scoopable.

Place golf-ball sized scoops of dough 1-2 inches apart on baking stone or cookie sheet.  Flatten slightly and press a pecan half in center.

Bake 8-9 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with coarse raw sugar.  Let sit on baking stone/cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.


Cheers & Hugs,

*Recipe slightly adapted from BakerbyNature

61 thoughts on “Butter Pecan Cookies

  1. My city is the home of walnuts in France (others vie for the title but Grenoble is adamant that it wears the true nut crown and they are simply called nuts here oddly). Pecans I would struggle to find but I’m going to try these with the abundant nuts we have and though they might not be wholly authentic I’m pretty sure they will get a triple gold star from me!

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  2. I just ADORE pecans! My grandma had a pecan tree in her backyard in Texas and as kids we got paid 50 cents per cup of shelled pecans. I could only ever do about a half cup before giving up, lol! And I actually have a pint of butter pecan ice cream in my freezer! I’ll just have to make these Jodi! You’ve turned me into a cookie maker, of all things! But mine never seem to come out as pretty as yours. 🙂

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    • Oh Kathryn! YAY! You are a butter pecan sista too!!! Oh how I would love some of that ice cream! I do not even buy it as I will eat it all!!! And a tree! WOW! How wonderful would that be. I bet hard work picking and cracking though. No wonder they are so expensive!

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  3. We have eight pecan trees on our property… gallons and gallons and gallons of them! We will be sorting them and taking them to be shelled this next week. These look delicious Jodi! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  4. My father and grandfather used to love butter pecan ice cream and they also made me a fan of it, though chocolate anything is still a priority. Christmas is coming…these might be very interesting😊

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