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Pecan Sandies

Buttery, nutty and so absolutely delicious! These Pecan Sandies are easy to prepare and are always a hit. Perfect for family gatherings, Christmas cookie exchange, and pot lucks.
Course Baking, Christmas Cookies, Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Cookies, old fashioned pecan sandies, pecan sandies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 27 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 132kcal
Author Eileen Kelly



  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract use Adams extract for best results
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans use Millican pecans for best results
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until soft.
  • Blend in sugar until fluffy.
  • Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Blend in the pecans.
  • Gently mix in the flour.
  • Remove dough and roll into a log.
  • Cover with a piece of wax paper and refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight. (see notes if you want to freeze the dough for later)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove dough from the fridge and discard the wax paper.
  • Slice the cookie dough into ½ inch slices.
  • Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes. Cookies will be golden.
  • Remove from the oven. Let cool slightly. Transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Store in a storage bag or tin for up to 5 days.


Note 1: Use unsalted butter that softens so it will cream easier.
Note 2: Have your egg at room temperature so they blend easily.
Note 3: Use care to measure flour correctly.
Note 4:Follow the directions as baking is not as forgiving as cooking. 
Note 5: You can freeze the dough once it is rolled. Wrap well in plastic and place in a freezer-safe bag. They can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, defrost, slice the cookies and bake according to the recipe.
I'm not a registered dietician, I do my best to provide the most accurate nutritional values. Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation. Actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes.
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Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg