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Butter Pecan Cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies

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Indulge in a mouthwatering treat made of brown butter, finely chopped pecans, and a hint of cinnamon. These Butter Pecan Cookies are the chewy delights you’ve been craving!

Butter Pecan Cookies

There’s something undeniably magical about the scent of cookies baking, and this particular recipe holds a special place in my heart. As a child, Sunday afternoons meant rummaging through my grandma’s old recipe box, always hunting for a unique flavor to dive into. Amid her collection of cherished recipes, Butter Pecan Cookies emerged as a family favorite. The captivating aroma of browned butter coupled with roasted pecans was the nostalgic scent of my childhood. I remember the first time I attempted to recreate it in my own kitchen. I browned the butter a tad too much, and let’s just say, my kitchen smelled more “toasty” than delightful. But with time and patience, I mastered Grandma’s secret: it’s all about the love (and maybe not burning the butter). Every bite takes me on a journey back to her cozy kitchen, where life was simple and cookies were always perfectly chewy.

Butter Pecan Cookies

Why You’ll Love Butter Pecan Cookies:

Oh, honey, let’s talk about what sets these Butter Pecan Cookies apart from any old cookie in the jar! First, we’re not just melting butter here; we’re browning it, bringing out those deep, caramel notes that blend seamlessly with the dark brown sugar. Next, have you ever toasted pecans in butter? It’s like giving your pecans a fancy spa day before they join the cookie party. The added cornstarch is our secret weapon, ensuring these beauties have the ultimate chewy texture, while a sprinkle of cinnamon sneaks in like that unexpected plot twist in your favorite movie.

Butter Pecan Cookies

Ingredients For Butter Pecan Cookies:

Ah, the magic lies in the details! Let’s dissect our star ingredients:

  • Pecans: Opt for fresh pecans. The crunchier, the better. They’re like the confetti in our cookie celebration.
  • Unsalted Butter: Why unsalted? Because you’re in control! You decide the saltiness, not the butter.
  • All-Purpose Flour: The trusty base of our cookie kingdom. Make sure it’s well-sifted to avoid those pesky lumps.
  • Dark Brown Sugar: This is where the deep, molasses-rich flavor sneaks in. Think of it as the brooding hero in our cookie saga.
  • Cornstarch: It might seem out of place in a cookie recipe, but trust me; this is what gives our cookies that dreamy softness.
  • Cinnamon: A pinch for warmth, like a cozy blanket on a chilly evening.
Butter Pecan Cookies

How To Make Butter Pecan Cookies:

For those Toasty Pecans:

  1. Grab your skillet and melt that butter like it’s going out of style.
  2. Toss in your finely chopped pecans, give them a good stir, and let them toast for a bit. Around 4 to 5 minutes should do the trick. You’re not frying chicken here, just a light toast. Set aside.

For the Main Event – The Cookies:

  1. Channel your inner scientist: mix together the flour, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in a big ol’ bowl. Keep it aside.
  2. Now, for the pièce de résistance: the browned butter. Melt it, swirl it, watch it. As soon as it gets that rich amber shade, pour it out into your mixing bowl.
  3. Sugars next! Both the dark brown and granulated ones. Mix ’em well with the butter.
  4. Vanilla goes in like the cherry on top, followed by those room-temperature eggs.
  5. Now, fold in the flour mixture. Remember, we’re folding, not stirring like a wild person. Add the toasted pecans last.
  6. Patience, cookie monster! Refrigerate your dough for 4 hours.

Baking Time!:

  1. Preheat your oven, get those baking sheets ready with parchment paper.
  2. Use a cookie scoop to get uniform dough balls and place them with love on your baking sheets.
  3. Add a pecan half on top of each dough ball because, well, aesthetics.
  4. Bake each sheet separately. Once done, gently reshape any rebellious cookies.
  5. A sprinkle of sugar on the warm cookies and let them cool a bit before diving in.
Butter Pecan Cookies

Storage Options:

If, by some miracle, these cookies aren’t gobbled up immediately, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll keep fresh for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze them in a sealed bag and just thaw at room temperature when the cookie cravings hit.

Variations and Substitutions:

Feeling adventurous? Here are some twists and turns for our classic:

  • Swap out pecans for walnuts or almonds if you’re feeling nutty.
  • Dark chocolate chips? Why not! Add them for some choco-love.
  • If you’re out of dark brown sugar, light brown will work; just expect a slightly milder flavor.
  • For a festive twist, sprinkle some sea salt or crushed caramel on top.
Butter Pecan Cookies

There you have it, a tale of cookies that promise to be as entertaining as the journey to make them. Happy baking, and may your butter always be perfectly browned! 😉

Butter Pecan Cookies

Indulge in a mouthwatering treat made of brown butter, finely chopped pecans, and a hint of cinnamon. These Butter Pecan Cookies are the chewy delights you've been craving!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 16 large cookies


For the Buttered Pecans:

  • 1 and 1/4 cup pecan halves finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the Cookies:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks 8 ounces unsalted butter, browned
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs and 1 egg yolk at room temperature
  • 16 pecan halves optional for decoration


For the Buttered Pecans:

  • In a skillet, melt the unsalted butter over medium heat.
  • Introduce the finely chopped pecan halves. Cook them, stirring occasionally, for approximately 4 to 5 minutes, or until they’re lightly toasted. Reserve for later use.

For the Cookies:

  • In a suitably large bowl, amalgamate the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, salt, ground cinnamon, and baking soda. Thoroughly whisk the mixture to combine and set aside for later use.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Continue to heat the butter until it acquires a deep amber color and exhibits a nutty aroma. Upon achieving this stage, promptly remove from heat and transfer to a spacious mixing bowl.
  • Incorporate both the dark brown sugar and granulated sugar into the browned butter. Whisk diligently to achieve a homogenous mixture.
  • Introduce the vanilla extract. Subsequently, incorporate the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, ensuring each is well-integrated before the addition of the next.
  • Gradually fold in the previously whisked dry ingredients, ensuring thorough integration. Subsequently, fold in the buttered pecans.
  • Once the cookie dough is prepared, cover the mixing bowl and place it in the refrigerator for 4 hours to set.

Baking Procedure:

  • Preheat the oven to a temperature of 375°F (190°C). Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
  • Utilizing a cookie scoop, segment the dough into portions equivalent to 3 tablespoons each. Place these on the prepared baking sheets, ensuring a gap of approximately 3 inches between each to account for expansion during baking.
  • If desired, gently press a pecan half atop each segment of cookie dough for decorative purposes.
  • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for a duration of 10 to 11 minutes. Should any of the cookies spread excessively during the baking process, upon removal from the oven, use a spatula to delicately shape them back to the desired form.
  • While still warm, it is optional to sprinkle the cookies with a light dusting of granulated sugar for enhanced flavor.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes. After this period, they can be transferred to a cooling rack.
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