Decadent Pecan Pie Cookies Recipe

It is tough to resist a well-made pecan pie with a perfectly flaky buttery crust and a malty, sweet, and soothing pecan pie filling. With the goodness of pecan pie in every bite but half the work, these cookies are bound to be your new favorite sweet treat! 

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The crunch of the pecans adds a whole new layer of texture to the pie. However, regardless of all this, pecan pie can still be hard to make, especially for new bakers. But now, with this delicious cookie recipe, you can enjoy the flavor of pecan pie with half the effort! 

Some of you may wonder how a cookie can replace a flaky and crumbly pie crust. But that’s the thing! The cookie base resembles the texture of shortbread so much that you may think you are eating mini pecan pies instead of cookies! 

Moreover, these cookies make for the perfect handheld dessert treat, which is especially significant if you are having kids over. I have given you enough information about this wholesome recipe. So, we will get right into the recipe without further ado! Happy Baking! 

Equipment Required For Pecan Pie Cookies Recipe

Look at all the equipment you will need to make these delicious cookies, as I have mentioned below. 

  • Measuring Cups: Use measuring cups to weigh everything out, and I also recommend ensuring that all your ingredients are leveled with the measuring cups. 
  • Measuring Spoons: This recipe requires leavening agents and flavorings in very small quantities. Hence, keep a set of measuring spoons handy. 
  • Large Bowls: Two large bowls will be good enough for this recipe, one to make the cookie dough and the other to store your pecan pie filling once it is ready. 
  • Whisk: I use a large balloon whisk to whip up the butter and sugar for the cookie dough, as it gives them the right amount of air pockets. 
  • Silicone Spatula: This piece of equipment will help combine all the ingredients while making the cookie dough and easily scrape the pecan pie filling without leaving any bits behind. 
  • Saucepan: A medium-sized saucepan will perfectly fill your pecan pie. 
  • Baking Tray: A baking tray that fits your oven well is perfect for baking the cookies. 
  • Parchment Paper: To prevent the cookies from sticking to the tray, I suggest spreading parchment paper on your baking tray before placing the cookies on it. 
  • Large Spoon: A large spoon will help scoop the pecan pie filling into the cookies easily. 
Pecan Pie Cookies Ingredients

Pecan Pie Cookies Ingredients And Substitutions

Note: The ingredients mentioned will easily make about eight pecan pie cookies. You will have to adjust the quantities of the ingredients if you want to make more or fewer cookies. 

In the section below, I have mentioned all the ingredients you will need for this recipe, along with their quantities and substitutes for some of them. 

  • 1 Cup Butter: You must divide the butter into two portions: ¼ cup for the pecan pie filling and ¾ cup for the cookies. I recommend using unsalted butter for this recipe, as salted butter may ruin the overall flavor. 
  • ½ Cup Sugar: I recommend using caster sugar for this recipe. It has the perfect fine texture and will melt much faster than granulated sugar for the filling. You can also use coconut sugar if you would like to give your filling a tropical flavor. 
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar: This is the only sugar we will add to the actual cookie dough. It will give the cookies some moisture and help give them that malty flavor pecan pies are known for. 
  • 3 Tablespoons Corn Syrup: Added to the pecan pie filling to make it thick and shiny. 
  • ¾ Cup Pecans: I would suggest using roasted pecans, as they tend to give a better flavor, and you can use them roughly chopped for this recipe. 
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour: I often use cake flour in place of all-purpose flour. However, do not use bread flour because it has too much gluten. 
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder: The perfect leavening agent to make the cookies rise, just enough. 
  • 1 Large Egg: This will help bind all the ingredients together, and also give the cookie dough some moisture. 
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract: I add fresh vanilla extract to remove the egg flavor and give these cookies a lovely scent while they are baking.
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Pecan Pie Cookie Preparation And Cooking Time

Preparation TimeBaking TimeTotal Time
30 Minutes10 Minutes40 Minutes

Pecan Pie Cookie Recipe Steps

Pecan Pie Cookies Step 1

Step 1- Add ¼ cup butter to a saucepan and let it melt.


Pecan Pie Cookies Step 2

Step 2- Once the butter begins to melt, add caster sugar to it.


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Step 3- You can add the chopped pecans as soon as the butter and sugar melt together.


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Step 4- Now, let everything cook for a little while till it forms a smooth filling.


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Step 5- After a while, your butter and sugar will begin to caramelize along with the pecans, which is when you add the corn syrup. 


Pecan Pie Cookies Step 6

Step 6- Once you add the corn syrup, let it boil for a while until the mix begins to bubble. Then, transfer the mixture to a bowl and let the filling cool. 


Pecan Pie Cookies Step 7

Step 7- To prepare the cookies, melt the remaining ¾ cup of butter and add it to a large bowl.


Pecan Pie Cookies Step 8

Step 8- Follow the process by adding brown sugar to the melted butter and mixing well with a whisk. 


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Step 9- Add your egg and mix gently to ensure the dough does not curdle.


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Step 10- Top the mix with vanilla extract.


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Step 11- It is time to add flour to the cookie dough mix.


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Step 12- Next, add the baking powder to the bowl and gently incorporate both into the dough, using a spatula and folding it. Your cookie dough is ready.


Pecan Pie Cookies Step 13

Step 13- Like a baking tray with parchment paper, make eight cookies out of the cookie dough. Place them on the tray, and indent the center gently with your thumb to create a shallow well.


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Step 14- Top the indentations with the pecan pie filling, a spoonful in each. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes until done.  


Homemade Pecan Pie Cookies

Step 15- Enjoy while hot, or let them cool on a wire rack before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pecan Pie Cookies Recipe

Some Tips And Tricks To Make This Recipe Better

Some tips and tricks remain that will ensure you get the best pecan pie cookies every time you try this splendid recipe. 

  1. To make the pecan pie filling more flavorful, I often sprinkle ground cinnamon and nutmeg over it. 
  2. I usually replace the white sugar added to the filling with light brown sugar for an extra malty flavor. 
  3. If your cookie dough seems too soft to shape and work with, chill it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, then divide the dough and make the cookies.   
  4. For a fun flavor addition, I recommend adding a little dark chocolate to your pecan pie filling. 

Pecan Pie Cookies Nutritional Information

Pecan pie cookies are not a healthy option as they are high in calories, added sugar, and fat. Hence, it is best to enjoy these cookies once in a while, too, in moderate amounts. 

To be sure, check the exact nutritional values of these cookies in the table given below. 

Calories570 kcal
Carbohydrates58 g
Protein6 g
Fat37 g
Saturated Fat12 g
Polyunsaturated Fat6 g
Trans Fat16 g
Cholesterol62 mg
Sodium274 mg
Potassium132 mg
Fiber2 g
Sugar31 g
Vitamin A543 IU
Vitamin C1 mg
Calcium 64 mg
Iron2 mg

These cookies, along with being unhealthy, can also not be enjoyed by people who have gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, tree nut allergies, vegans, vegetarians, and those on a ketogenic diet. 

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Some Variations Of This Pecan Cookies Recipe That You Can Try

To make everyone taste just how delicious these cookies are, I present variations of this recipe, covering as many dietary restrictions as possible. 

  1. Vegan Diet: To make these cookies vegan-friendly, I suggest adding silken tofu in the same quantity as eggs. Butter can be replaced with plant-based butter of your choice. 
  2. Vegetarian Diet: This recipe can easily be made vegetarian by replacing the egg added to the dough with condensed milk or Greek yogurt of the same quantity. Remember, a single egg weighs roughly 50 grams or 1.76 ounces. 
  3. Gluten-Free Diet: I suggest that people with gluten intolerance simply replace the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour. 
  4. Dairy-Free Diet: Those with lactose intolerance need to substitute the butter added to this recipe with plant-based butter. 
  5. Keto Diet: This recipe may be a little tricky to make keto-friendly. So, you might have to consider making keto-friendly cookies or using ketogenic flour for this recipe. 

How To Store And Reheat These Pecan Pie Cookies

The good thing about these cookies is that you can store them for a while and enjoy them over an extended period. 

Moreover, if you like your cookies hot and gooey, I have also mentioned some of the best ways to reheat them to get that hot cookie!

Storing These Cookies

  1. On The Counter: You can easily store these cookies in an airtight container and place them on the kitchen counter in a cool and dry place for up to 2 weeks. 
  2. In The Refrigerator: If you want to keep these cookies good for a month or so, store them in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. 
  3. In The Freezer: To keep the cookies good for about 4 to 5 months, I suggest storing them in an airtight container or a ziplock bag and placing them in the freezer. This is not the best way to store these cookies, but it is the way to go if you would like to store them for a few months. 

Reheating The Cookies

  1. In The Microwave: To reheat these cookies in the microwave, place them on a microwave-safe plate. Then, reheat the cookies at the highest heat setting for 30-second intervals until they are soft and gooey. It usually takes 1 minute in my microwave to get them perfectly gooey. 
  2. In The Oven: The best way to reheat refrigerated and frozen cookies is in the oven. I suggest preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and letting the cookies heat up for 5 minutes until they are soft and gooey. 
How To Make Pecan Pie Cookies At Home

Serving Suggestions With These Pecan Pie Cookies

These pecan pie cookies are honestly pretty delicious, just on their own. However, they also go well with an array of sides. The best thing to serve with these cookies is a tall glass of cold milk. But to take it further, you can also serve them with some sweet whipped cream or Cool Whip. 

Another great addition to these exceptional cookies is vanilla ice cream. For an indulgent flavor, I recommend some chocolate sauce or thick toffee sauce on the side. Last but not least, these cookies taste pretty great with a simple cinnamon and sugar cake

Pecan Pie Cookies Printable Version

Pecan Pie Cookies Recipe

Author : Ashwini Rakhe
Serving : 8 Portions
Calories : 570 kcal
Total time : 40 minutes
Pecan pie is one of the best desserts to serve on Thanksgiving. How about combining it with some cookies and coming up with a delicious mix of recipes? These cookies are truly delectable and will be ready in no time!
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Corn Syrup
  • 3/4 cup Pecans
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 no. Large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Equipment

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Large Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Saucepan
  • Baking Tray
  • Parchment Paper
  • Large Spoon

Instructions
 

  • Add ¼ cup butter to a saucepan and let it melt.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 1
  • Once the butter begins to melt, add caster sugar to it.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 2
  • You can add the chopped pecans as soon as the butter and sugar melt together.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 3
  • Let the pecans cook with butter and flour.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 4
  • Now, let everything cook for a little while till it forms a smooth filling.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 5
  • After a while, your butter and sugar will begin to caramelize along with the pecans, which is when you add the corn syrup. Then, let it boil and transfer to a bowl, and let it cool.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 6
  • To prepare the cookies, melt the remaining ¾ cup of butter and add it to a large bowl.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 7
  • Follow the process by adding brown sugar to the melted butter and mixing well with a whisk.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 8
  • Add your egg and mix gently to ensure the dough does not curdle.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 9
  • Top the mix with vanilla extract.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 10
  • It is time to add flour to the cookie dough mix.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 11
  • Next, add baking powder to the bowl and gently incorporate both into the dough, using a spatula and folding it.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 12
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper, and make eight cookies out of the cookie dough. Place them on the tray, and indent the center gently with your thumb to create a shallow well.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 13
  • Top the indentations with pecan pie filling, a spoonful in each. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes until done.
    Pecan Pie Cookies Step 14
  • Enjoy while hot, or let them cool on a wire rack before serving.
    Homemade Pecan Pie Cookies
Prep Time : 30 minutes
Cook Time : 30 minutes
Total Time : 30 minutes
Cuisine : American
Course : Dessert

Nutrition

Serving : 1cookie | Calories : 570kcal | Carbohydrates : 58g | Protein : 6g | Fat : 37g | Saturated Fat : 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat : 6g | Monounsaturated Fat : 16g | Trans Fat : 1g | Cholesterol : 62mg | Sodium : 274mg | Potassium : 132mg | Fiber : 2g | Sugar : 31g | Vitamin A : 543IU | Vitamin C : 1mg | Calcium : 64mg | Iron : 2mg

More Cookie Recipes That You Can Try

If you are a fan of pecan pie cookies, I bet you love cookies of all kinds. With a range of cookie flavors and tried and tested recipes, these cookies will be your new favorite snacks! 

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookies: Chewy, decadent, and with the right amount of chocolate, it cannot get any better than a delicious chocolate chip cookie! 
  2. Peanut Butter Cookies: Packed with brown sugar goodness, these cookies are delicious and have the best peanut butter flavor. 
  3. Monster Cookies: Enjoy Halloween any time of the year with these delicious monster cookies made with oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and lots of MnMs’! 
  4. Butterbeer Cookies: Are you a true Potterhead? Then I bet you cannot resist the thought of delicious butterbeer cookies from Hogwarts! 
  5. Japanese Cookies: Made with the simplest ingredients, these cookies define authentic Japanese flavors. 

Conclusion

As we have concluded this article, I hope you enjoyed reading through the fantastic process of making these decadent cookies. Baking does seem like a challenging task, but honestly, it is all about the precision of ingredients and following the steps well. 

If you follow these two things properly, it is very unlikely that your cookies will turn out poorly. Other than that, follow the reheating and storing instructions well so you get the best results every single time! 

Once you try the recipe, regardless of whether it is the original or one of its variations, let me know in the comments how it turned out for you! I will return with more such recipes; until then, happy baking! 

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