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Butter pecan cookies served in a vintage pie plate with a cup of coffee and a small pitcher of cream.
Butter Pecan Cookies
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Cooling Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins

Butter Pecan Cookies: Meltingly soft, & infused with warm brown sugar, toasty browned butter, & crunchy nuts. They'll make you feel so cozy!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter cookies, brown sugar cookies, butter pecan cookie recipe, butter pecan cookies, pecan cookies
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 98 kcal
  1. Place the butter in a wide, light-colored pan over medium-low heat, and allow it to melt, then boil, then sizzle and turn nutty-brown.

  2. Immediately pour the browned butter into a heat-safe dish, and allow it to cool and solidify.*

  3. Toast the chopped pecans, either on a baking sheet in a 350 degree F oven, or in a dry skillet over medium heat, until browned and aromatic (about 5 to 10 minutes).

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment.

  5. Place the solidified brown butter in a large mixing bowl, along with the brown sugar.

  6. Beat on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy (5 to 7 minutes minimum).

  7. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, mixing until combined.

  8. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then add the flour, toasted chopped pecans, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt, mixing just until combined (be careful not to overmix).

  9. Use a 1.5-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough into balls, spacing them about 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

  10. Sprinkle the unbaked cookies with demerara sugar and press a pecan half into each one (optional).

  11. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until set around the edges but still very soft towards the middle.

  12. Cool on the baking sheets.

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Recipe Notes

For more info on how to make browned butter, click here: How to Brown Butter.

Nutrition Facts
Butter Pecan Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 101IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.