Butter Pecan Cookies

It was a morning when we heard from an old friend that was in town and I need to makes something quickly for afternoon coffee.

A search came up with Butter Pecan Cookies from Martha Stewart. I wasn’t worried about the recipe turning out…. because it was from Martha!

It was an easy recipe that made 12 cookies with only 6 ingredients! Perfect…. quick!

Butter Pecan Cookies

For this recipe I used:


3/4 Cup of Pecans
1/2 cup of Unsalted Butter
1/3 Cup of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
1/8 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Cup of All Purpose Flour

Butter Pecan Cookies – Ingredients

I  started by toasting the pecans in a 350˚ oven for 7 or 8 minutes. You know when they have been toasted enough when you can smell the toasted pecans without opening the oven. To be sure you don’t forget about the oven be sure to set a timer all the same. After cooling the pecans, I lightly chopped them.

Butter Pecan Cookies – Toasting the Pecans

Next I creamed the butter and sugar until it was light and fluffy. Here is where my large mixer (6 quart) challenged me a little. It was bit too big for the small amount of mix.

Butter Pecan Cookies – Creaming the Butter and Sugar

I added the vanilla and salt and mixed some more.

Butter Pecan Cookies – Adding the Vanilla & Salt

 I added the flour and mixed it until just combined.

Butter Pecan Cookies – Adding the Flour
Butter Pecan Cookies – Mixed in Flour

Once the flour was mixed in I added the pecans and mixed them into the dough by hand.

Butter Pecan Cookies – Mixing in the Pecans by Hand

Without chilling or anything else I divided the dough into 12 portions on a lined cookie sheet and baked them for 15 minutes at 350˚.

Butter Pecan Cookies – Ready for the Oven

It was time to have these little babies with some coffee!

Butter Pecan Cookies – Ready for Coffee

Bakers Notes:

  • not my favorite cookie – too buttery? I am not sure.
  • for a firmer cookie really chop the pecans into small pieces. This will give the cookie a more dense texture.
  • This is a really great small batch cookie recipe.

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