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  1. Watch how to make these butter pecan cookies:
  2. Butter Pecan Cookies Recipe

Cookies in the summer should be simple and quick. There’s no need to waste too much time using a hot oven when the temperatures keep rising. These four-ingredient cookies are the perfect fix: great with an iced coffee when having friends over or to give to kids for a quick treat. Plus, they freeze beautifully (a personal must for me), so you can always have a fresh cookie to enjoy.

These are so simple and quick to make and even quicker to enjoy! They just may become a new staple in your recipe box!

Watch how to make these butter pecan cookies:

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A cookie with a pecan in the center leans against a stack of cookies.

Butter Pecan Cookies

5 from 1 vote
The richness of butter seamlessly comes together with the nuttiness of pecans in these cookies. Quick to make, and using only 5 ingredients, this recipe will quickly become a staple!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 18 cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • pecan halves (optional)


  • Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Sift in the flour and mix until completely incorporated. Chill dough for 1-2 hours. Butter based doughs are very soft and easier to handle if they are chilled.
    1 cup unsalted butter, ¾ cup light brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Using a scoop, make approximately one-inch balls. Then roll in sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. As an option, top with a large pecan half. The pecans toast in the oven and become extremely flavorful!
    pecan halves (optional)
  • Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 10-12 minutes. The cookies will not become dark or change color much so watch closely! Let cool on the sheet pan for five minutes then finish cooling on a rack.


Serving: 2cookieCalories: 176kcal
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Baking

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  1. 5 stars
    In your recipe for Butter Pecan Cookies you did not list eggs in the ingredients. In your instructions you mention eggs. How many eggs should I use? I made the cookies using one egg only. They are just okay. Help!