Best Pecan Sandies Recipe

These Pecan Sandies cookies combine crispy, buttery, and nutty goodness to make this cookie an all-time favorite.

Pecan Sandies
Pecan Sandies

No cookie platter is complete without these nutty and buttery Pecan Sandies. These may seem unassuming next to chocolatey cookies, or those fabulous decorated cookies, but these are sneaky good. These crispy cookies are not overly sweet and they make an excellent compliment to tea or coffee. I remember this cookie always being one of my mother’s favorites. And of course, mom always knows best.

Pecan Sandies
Pecan Sandies

Think shortbread plus crunchy pecans. That’s this cookie in a nutshell. (No pun intended.) These Pecan Sandies pack well and are a good cookie for sharing during the holidays as edible gifts, or for a cookie exchange.

Pecan Sandies
Pecan Sandies

Preparation for these cookies is pretty basic. Begin by beating together (with an electric mixer) the butter and sugar until smooth. Add in a bit of ice water, salt, cinnamon, flour, finely chopped pecans (or walnuts) and a vanilla extract. Mix the dough to combine well, then cover tightly in plastic wrap or a zip top plastic bag and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Once chilled, firmly form 1-inch dough balls. The dough tends to be a bit crumbly, so take time to press it together well to hold the shape.

Pecan Sandies
Pecan Sandies

Place dough balls on ungreased parchment lined baking sheets about 2-inches apart. Use a flat-bottomed glass to gently flatten balls to about 1/2-inch thick. Or if you’d like roll into crescent shapes. All that’s left to do is bake. It takes about 20 minutes at 325-degrees F.

The dough for these Pecan Sandies works best when chilled for a while before divvying them up for baking. The dough can also be formed into a roll, chilled for a few days and then sliced for baking as needed.

How To Make Pecan Sandies

Pecan Sandies
Pecan Sandies


  •  12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, slightly softened
  •  1/2 cup granulated sugar
  •  1 tablespoon ice water
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  •  2 cups plain flour
  •  1 cup finely chopped pecans (walnuts are a good substitute)
  •  1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 325-degrees F. Line baking sheets with baking parchment.

Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar until smooth.

Add all other ingredients and mix to combine.

Chill dough covered for at least 30 minutes.

By hand, firmly form dough into 1-inch balls. Dough will be crumbly so take time to press it together well to hold shape. Place dough balls on parchment lined baking sheets about 2-inches apart. Using a flat bottom glass, gently flatten balls to about 1/2-inch thick, or roll into crescent shapes.

Bake at 325-degrees F for 20 minutes.


Optional: If a bit more sweetness is desired, dust or gently toss cookies with powdered sugar.

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