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Pecan Sandie Cookies For The Holidays!

Updated on November 15, 2013

Delightful Pecan Sandies For Your Gift Boxes

For many years I've made home baked cookies for gift giving, many kinds over a week, if I can keep my husband out of them, all placed decoratively in a box carefully lined with tissue paper for just that hint of quality effect.

Pecan Sandies are one of the cookies I choose to add to my gift boxes. Among the beautiful brownies, decorated cut out Christmas cookies and other bars or dropped treats. I liked the look of these cookies scattered throughout my box with their pure white powdered sugar coating. They are like the Holidays.

Pecan Sandies hold up quite well as a gift and boxed or bagged if you wish. They look beautiful, like little snow balls, among the colorful cut outs and decadent brownies. I know every time I've given a box of cookies as a gift a huge smile appears and the word ahhh excapes my gifted persons mouth.

I made this batch just for this lens so you might try them for your holiday gift giving or along with your desert table or cookie bar.

These wonderful but delicious cookies and will melt in your mouth. I bet you can't eat just one!

Light, Buttery and Not To Sweet

These Cookies Are Almost Like A Shortbread.

Let's Begin With The Dough
Let's Begin With The Dough

Make extra they won't last long!

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 50 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours
  • Yields: makes approx. 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter - unsalted (you must use real butter)
  • 3 Tblsp. confectioner sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of pecans chopped fine

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar until smooth, add vanilla & salt and mix to blend. Then add flour gradually to make soft dough.
  2. Incorporate finely chopped pecan and cover. Refrigerate approximately 2 hrs until stiff and you are able to form into 1" size balls.
  3. Place pecan sandie balls on ungreased baking sheet and bake 325 degrees for approximately 10 - 15 minutes. Bottoms should be light brown and cookie top set. Watch them closely and adjust bake time to your oven.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Then roll in powdered sugar. If your cookie is too hot the powdered sugar will melt so let them cool a little bit. You want them to have a nice coating of powdered sugar that will stick and absolutely melt in your mouth.
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Mixing Your Ingredients - Make Your Work Easier For You!

It's so much easier to have a mixer with several speeds to blend your ingredients.

Creating The Perfect Pecan Sandie Confection!

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Let's start with unsalted butter and powdered sugar and combine them together.It's very simple.  Combine the above ingredients, then add your flower, salt and vanilla mix to combine well then adding your pecans.After 1 - 2 hrs...roll your cookie dough into inch size rounds with your hands and place on the cookie sheet or baking pan.This picture shows the bottom lightly browned and they have puffed just a bit after baking.After cooling slightly roll in powdered sugar.Finished Cookies!
Let's start with unsalted butter and powdered sugar and combine them together.
Let's start with unsalted butter and powdered sugar and combine them together.
It's very simple.  Combine the above ingredients, then add your flower, salt and vanilla mix to combine well then adding your pecans.
It's very simple. Combine the above ingredients, then add your flower, salt and vanilla mix to combine well then adding your pecans.
After 1 - 2 hrs...roll your cookie dough into inch size rounds with your hands and place on the cookie sheet or baking pan.
After 1 - 2 hrs...roll your cookie dough into inch size rounds with your hands and place on the cookie sheet or baking pan.
This picture shows the bottom lightly browned and they have puffed just a bit after baking.
This picture shows the bottom lightly browned and they have puffed just a bit after baking.
After cooling slightly roll in powdered sugar.
After cooling slightly roll in powdered sugar.
Finished Cookies!
Finished Cookies!

A Nice Guide For The New Cookie Baker - Understanding the different sugars available

Information that can help you understand what the different sugars available are.

A Little Advice

If You Really Like Pecans Don't Be Tempted To Add More To The Recipe. There Is No Liquid Added Nor Is There Eggs. So You Need The Butter And Flour Rashio To Bind Your Cookies Together And Adding More Nuts Will Make Them Less Able To Do That.

A Low In Sugar Cookie!

Aside from the 3 Tablespoons of powdered sugar you add to this recipe and the light coating that they are rolled in these cookies have very little sugar in them which makes them one of my favorites.

Did You Know That ...

There are over 500 varieties or types of pecans that are edible.

credit for this tidbit goes to Food Editorials.com The yummy food guide.

Christmas Isn't Christmas Without Cookie Cutters

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      AnnabreeWrites 3 years ago

      Yummy - Great Lens! I was just thinking of what cookies i was going to make this week. I think this recipe is going on the shopping list. Thanks!