Make this easy slice and bake pecan sandies recipe! So buttery and tender they practically melt in the mouth, with tons of crunchy toasted pecans.

These pecan sandies cookies are so nice with a cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa! Like vanilla wafers, spritz cookies, or brown edge wafers, the flavor is simple, buttery, and just sweet enough. But these have the added bonus of lots of toasty, crunchy pecans!

Close up image of a stack of pecan sandies rimmed in chopped pecans.

It’s Thanksgiving week! Hooray!

Finally the holidays are kicking off. I managed to get all my Thanksgiving recipes posted for this year and I think I’m all set! Now I can start thinking about Christmas!

Are you ready? I’m getting a sense that a lot of you are, based on all the comments I’m seeing on my gingerbread cookies recipe!

Well today I’m bringing you a new recipe, and I think it bridges the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas just perfectly. Pecan sandies!

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WHAT ARE PECAN SANDIES

My husband got so excited when he realized I was making these! He remembers snacking on Keebler Pecan Sandies as an after-school snack when he was a kid, and they were one of his favorite store-bought cookies.

My from-scratch version is a little crisp, with a tender crunch that practically melts in your mouth. The flavor is subtly sweet, and VERY buttery, with lots of added texture from the toasted pecans.

I created this recipe by taking elements of both shortbread and sables, and mashing them up for the perfect pecan sandies cookies!

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE PECAN SANDIES

MAKE THE DOUGH

To make these simple cookies, start by combining soft butter, sugar, and powdered sugar together in a big mixing bowl.

Butter and sugar in a large glass mixing bowl, for making pecan sandies.

The granulated sugar gives a nice crispness to the cookies, and the powdered sugar gives them that unmistakable “meltaway” characteristic.

Beat these ingredients together just until smooth. You don’t need to whip a lot of air into this cookie recipe.

Adding egg yolk and vanilla to pecan sandies recipe.

Next, add one egg yolk and a splash of vanilla.

Adding flour, ground pecans, cinnamon, and salt to pecan sandies cookie dough.

Once that is all combined, you can add the flour, ground pecans, cinnamon and salt.

We are adding half the pecans to the dough, and using the other half to rim the outsides of the cookies. I just love how this looks, and tastes! You get a big hit of toasty pecan flavor every time you take a bite.

The cinnamon flavor is so subtle, you may not even pick up on it. It does not taste like a cinnamon cookie, but that little added extra really brings out the best flavor in these cookies!

Pecan sandies cookie dough in a large glass mixing bowl.

Stir everything in just until it’s barely combined. You don’t want to overdo it, or your cookies could come out tough!

Rolling pecan sandies dough into a log.

Divide the dough in half and roll it into logs. This is going to be a slice and bake situation!

Slice and bake pecan sandies cookie dough log wrapped in parchment.

Wrap the logs up tight in parchment, and allow them to chill for a bit. They can go into the fridge for an hour (or longer!), or if you’re in a rush you can pop them into the freezer for about 20 minutes.

SHAPE & BAKE THE COOKIES

Once the dough logs are well-chilled and stiff, brush them lightly with the remaining egg yolk.

Brushing pecan sandies cookie recipe with egg.

Then, roll them in chopped pecans.

Rolling pecan sandies dough in chopped pecans.

I like to use a mini chopper to chop my pecans. The pecans that are mixed in the dough get finely ground; the ones that go on the outside of the cookies can be a little more coarse.

Slicing pecan sandies dough into rounds.

Next just slice them up! I like to go around 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.

Unbaked pecan sandies cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Place them on parchment-lined baking sheets and into the oven they go. You’ll know they’re done baking when the bottoms of the cookies are just beginning to turn golden.

Overhead image of homemade pecan sandies cookies stacked and scattered with pecans and a cup of espresso.

HOW TO STORE PECAN SANDIES

Once they’ve cooled completely, stash your pecan sandies in an airtight container or zip-top bag so they stay crisp and tender, and don’t become hard or stale.

CAN PECAN SANDIES BE MADE AHEAD

This is a great make-ahead recipe!

Since the dough needs to chill a while, it makes perfect sense to prepare the dough and keep it in the fridge for a day or so before you plan to bake it.

Pecan sandies cookie recipe stacked.

HOW LONG WILL PECAN SANDIES KEEP

These cookies will last at room temperature for 7 to 10 days. Just be sure to keep them tightly wrapped!

CAN YOU FREEZE PECAN SANDIES

You can freeze pecan sandies after baking OR before.

The dough logs will keep in the freezer for a month or two. Slip them into freezer bags to keep out the funky odors and freezer burn.

Baked pecan sandies will last in the freezer for several months to a year.

Thaw the cookies at room temp. The dough can be thawed in the refrigerator.

Overhead image of homemade Keebler pecan sandies with whole pecans and a cup of coffee in a white porcelain cup.

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Close up image of a stack of pecan sandies rimmed in chopped pecans.
Pecan Sandies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Chill Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Make this easy slice and bake pecan sandies recipe! So buttery and tender they practically melt in the mouth, with tons of crunchy toasted pecans.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pecan sandies, pecan sandies cookie recipe, pecan sandies cookies, pecan sandies recipe
Servings: 32 cookies
Calories: 138 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place the butter, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat together just until smooth.

  2. Stir in 1 egg yolk and the vanilla, until combined.

  3. Add the flour, 1 cup of the pecans, the cinnamon, and salt, and mix together just until a stiff dough forms.

  4. Form the dough into 2 logs, wrap them in parchment, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or in the freezer for 20 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line baking pans with parchment.

  6. Unwrap the logs of dough and brush with the remaining egg yolk.

  7. Roll the logs in the remaining chopped pecans, pressing to adhere.

  8. Slice the dough into 1/4-inch rounds and place on baking sheets.

  9. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until the cookies are tender-crisp and just beginning to turn golden on the bottoms.

Recipe Notes

*Measure the pecans first, then chop finely by hand or in a food processor or mini chopper.

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Sandies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 38mg2%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 197IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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