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Pecan Sandies Cookies

Whenever Mother made these cookies, there never seemed to be enough! Even now when I make them, they disappear quickly. These melt-in-your mouth treats are great with a cold glass of milk or a steaming mug of hot chocolate. —Debbie Carlson, San Diego, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 300°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add water and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add flour; fold in pecans.
  • Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets and flatten with fingers.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until bottom edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, dust with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 118 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Faaterehau
    Apr 20, 2020

    This has become one of my favorite cookie recipe. Kids love em and friends too!

  • Vance
    Jan 21, 2020

    I have been making his type of cookie for 30 years. Let me help out the recipe a little. 1lb. Butter - softened, 1 C. sugar, 5 C. flour, 2 egg yolks, 1 t. vanilla ext. 1 C. chopped pecans cream butter and sugar, add flour in 3 stages, add egg yolks, vanilla and pecans. If too stiff, add oil a Tbl at a time. Use # 70 scoop, bake 11-14 min at 350'. make sure bottoms are browned. Don't worry about tops. They will set as the cool. While still a little warm, toss or dust, in or with, powdered sugar.

  • Karey-Anne
    Jan 20, 2020

    I usually love your recipes because they're simple yet very delicious. These cookies left me flat however. I followed the recipe but they turned out tasteless and the kind of doughy. Otherwise they were crisp and flakey just like you expect pecan sandies to be I needed to adjust the recipe I'll see if it turns out any better if not I have to look elsewhere darling that doesn't mean I won't come here for any other recipes just not this one. PS I added about a half cup regular cane sugar, and a dash of sea salt, and I'm cooking them at 350° Fahrenheit for 15 minutes I'll let you know. God bless.

  • Margaret
    Dec 15, 2019

    I don’t understand where I went wrong, I followed the recipe to a T, yet my husband is still in the bathroom rinsing his mouth out as he cannot get the horrible taste out. Where did I go wrong? He said it taste like wet flour.

  • Michael
    Nov 27, 2019

    I took the pecan sandies to a Christmas party and after rave reviews, everyone wanted the recipe. Plan to do again this year.

  • Mary
    Dec 11, 2018

    Made these multiple times for family and friends. We all love them!

  • Kelly
    Apr 16, 2018

    Great recipe! Instead of using my fingers to flatten I placed a small square of parchment paper on top of the cookie and pressed down with the bottom of a glass; no sticking and they look more like packaged cookies.

  • Sherri
    Feb 22, 2018

    I have seen recipe with powdered sugar in it and also white sugar. Can anyone tell me which would give me the crumbly "sandy" texture like store bought sandies ?

  • Angeliza29
    Jan 13, 2018

    Great cookies!!

  • vewebber58
    Jan 11, 2018

    Great cookie, easy to make.