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Pecan Sandies

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I loved, loved, loved pecan sandies as a child. You know, the store-bought ones that have been around for ages. In my adult years, I have come to appreciate and prefer homemade baked goods. I simply couldn’t pass up the chance to make my very own pecan sandies.

This recipe comes from Martha Stewart Makes Cookies, an iPad and iPhone app that’s been around for a few months now. I was first introduced to the app when I was invited to The Martha Stewart Show to live Tweet her cookies episode in November. As you can imagine, that was quite an experience, and I’m still in awe of both her and that set.

Recreate this sentimental favorite in your own kitchen. Pecan Sandies recipe at

Back to the cookies… These are very simple and quick to get from preheating to baking. It’s a simple dough that comes together quickly, if not that cohesively. My one complaint was that my dough didn’t stick together very well. The flavor, on the other hand, was exactly what I had hoped. The crunch of toasty pecans in a sweet cookie makes me happy.

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Pecan Sandies

Yield about 18 cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Pecan sandies are a classic cookie recipe that's buttery, nutty, and perfectly crisp!

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  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (120g) pecans, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Beat in the vanilla and salt.
  3. With mixer speed on low, gradually add the flour and beat just until combined. Fold in the pecans.
  4. Roll the dough into 1 & 1/2-inch balls. Place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Lightly flatten each with the bottom of a dampened glass.
  5. Bake the cookies (one pan at a time) until golden brown (about 12-16 minutes).
  6. Place the pans on a wire rack, and allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes. Then transfer the cookies from the pans directly onto a wire rack to cool completely.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

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    53 Comments on “Pecan Sandies”

  1. These were my favorite cookies as a kid, my mom used to always buy them! And now that I think of it, I never have made them myself, but I must try this recipe for deliciousness and nostalgia’s sake!

  2. Pecan Sandies remind me of us at Vacation Bible School. I’m sure your homemade ones are much better though!

  3. These look so delicious! Pecan sandies are one of my favorite cookies – homemade only though. There’s something about the ones in the package that I don’t like. And I just saw the related post for cocoa macadamia nut sandies.. HEAVEN! Thank you.

  4. YUM-drooling:) These look awesome!!!

  5. The cookies look delicious, I have never tried these. Things I missed out on since I don’t live in the US:)

  6. This has to be much better than the packaged ones. Two thumbs up!

  7. Shut. Your. Face. I absolutely LOVE pecan sandies! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks!!!

  8. These look fabulous – I’ve really enjoyed reading your cookie recipes. I now just need to find the time to give them a try. Thanks for sharing.

  9. MMMM..these look delicious, one of my favorite cookies!

  10. Glad you are back!!!

  11. Wow! Looks too good to be true!

  12. These things look gorgeous and I am sure are delicious.

  13. Oh wow ive never heard of pecan sandies before, Id love to try them though, I love pecan nuts so i can imagine in these they are delicious!

  14. Oh wow, I forgot how much I loved the packaged Pecan Sandies as a kid. I definitely want to try making them myself!

  15. Ooh… those look delicious! If there are enough pecans in the bag I have I’m going to make them tonight.

  16. Pecans are magical. The end. Beautiful shot, as always!

  17. Pecan Sandies were my favorite childhood cookie too. I need to make these. 😉 I’m so envious you were invited to Martha’s set for the launch of her iPad cookie application. What an honor and experience that must have been! 🙂

  18. These cookies look awesome, haven’t eaten them ever! So kicked that you saw Martha!

  19. Coming from Queensland in Australia, I can’t say that Pecan Sandies are a childhood favourite! (more like lamingtons) But now that I have seen your recipe, I might have to bake up a batch and start a new tradition!!

  20. i made these and they were delicious. i doubled the recipe, a definite keeper in my recipe box

  21. I made these tonight. My only complaint is the recipe only makes 18 cookies, which by the time I stopped munching on the batter, yielded only 16 baked cookies! The cookies themselves are excellent with a great buttery pecan flavor. Warm out of the oven, they are excellent. One last comment: My toaster oven had them baked in 15 minutes, while the recipe states a significantly longer period of time. I would recommend you keep an eye on them in your oven to prevent overbaking. Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Whoops….I said my oven had them baked in 15 minutes, I meant to say 11 minutes. The recipe says 15-17 minutes.

  23. I think I’ll try these luscious looking cookies half-dipped in chocolate and served with a pot of chocolate hazelnut tea!

  24. That’s so excited that you were invited to tweet at the show! These cookies look so good and your photos are great. I just found your blog, I love it. I’m always searching through baking blogs for inspiration so I can;t wait to look through your recipes.

  25. wow your pecan sandies look much better than any i had as a child. i will have to try this recipe out for sure. 🙂 btw your food photography is out of this world! you are amazing at what you do 🙂

  26. Pecan Sandies are my dad’s absolute FAVE cookies. I have to make these for him! (And oh how I love Martha, too.)

  27. These cookies look just fantastic! And since I’ve looked at a lot of cookies while writing my cookie cookbooks, I’m not just saying that! I shouldn’t be looking at these while hungry.

  28. These pecan sandies look wonderful. Thanks for this post.

  29. I used to love pecan sandies! These look really good. I need to test this one out. 🙂

  30. I made these the other night, delicious!! (perhaps a little sweet for our Australian palate, but delicious)

  31. I am making these tonight. Right after I go to the gym that is….they look deadly, and so, *SO* much better than the dried out kind that you get at the store. I will report back ASAP with my findings….and I will also listen to Bob’s advice about the cooktime.

    It’s about time I commented here! I love your blog. Thanks for making me excited to check in 🙂 xo, Cory

  32. I agree with Bob regarding the cook time. My batch took only 11 minutes as well. They look beautiful. I’m waiting for them to cool so I can taste 🙂

  33. These cookies are great, big fans in my house

  34. Can’t wait to make these. I bake cookies for Hospice families and am always looking for great – new recipes – thank you

  35. I’ve never had these homemade…wow!

  36. Yummy! Mouthwatering!

  37. This is exciting! I’ve loved Pecan Sandies since I was Very Little in the 50’s. Alas, as so many things, they have changed. They do not taste the same anymore, can’t even eat the ones the elves make anymore. Thanks for this recipe. I will be trying it soon!

  38. Oh my gosh. These are fantastic. I’m not even a shortbread cookie person, made these for my hubbie. Thanks for the fab recipe! ♥

  39. These comments above kill me Jen glad to see I’m not the only one addicted to these jewels? I was just wondering if you would turn into a pecan cookie if you ate too many of these? :o)

  40. These are wonderful cookies. A little sweet I will add a little less sugar next time. The dough taste delicious also and since no eggs I ate too much dough.

  41. I made these today, & were a disappointment! I didn’t read these reviews, my first batch burned, cuz I put it on 15 minute timer (it says 15-17 so I went earlier than later!) ugh. Used real butter & they are all scorched. Hubby will eat anything,but I was taking them to the festivities today for day after TG gathering! 🙁 I have the 2nd tray in (I got 20 cookies total!) & will watch them like a hawk & see how they turn out!

  42. Made a lot of cookies in my life, but these weren’t total waste of good ingredients.
    Dry, and fell a part. Very aggravating ……..

  43. Needs an egg because the cookies are WAY too crumbly. Was also too sweet. So disappointed with this recipe.

  44. Similar to my mother’s recipe, although that one calls for rolling the dough into balls and then into powdered sugar, similar to Italian (or Mexican) wedding cookies.

    Sandies are considered a shortbread cookie, which does not call for eggs. I will say that the butter to dry ingredient ratio in this recipe is quite different than in mine. Mine always turn out quite tender.

  45. Hi – Looking to see if anyone has had issues with the cookies spreading too much during baking. The first time I made these everything worked perfectly, since my first batch I haven’t gotten the same result. After rolling into 1 and 1/2 in balls and lightly flattening with a glass as suggested the baked cookies are coming out very thin, at 4″ in diameter.


  46. Oh Me Oh My…….I just made these and they are awesome. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!!

  47. followed directions exactly and these cookies were amazing! read reviews and noted some suggested baking for 11 minutes instead of 17 minutes, so baked for 12 minutes, checked them and baked another 5 minutes, so I suggest 17  minutes as recipe says. Thank you for this great recipe!

  48. I think they were test. I was concerned that there was no egg and the batter was so fluffy. My husband loves them. 

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